Sung-Ryul Kim’s research at IRRI focuses on gene identification and validation. His team has been developing chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs) and introgression lines (ILs) of the wild rice species in cultivar backgrounds. Through screening of the CSSLs/ILs and further genetic analysis, his team has been identifying the genetic factors governing the valuable traits including biotic stress resistance, high out-crossing rate for hybrid seed production, and grain-quality and -nutrition traits. His team aims to contribute rice varietal improvement through providing ‘novel valuable genetic factors’ in rice breeding programs. Furthermore, his team uses genome engineering tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 for gene validation purposes and also direct trait improvement in rice.
Sung-Ryul obtained his PhD in Rice Functional Genomics from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He joined IRRI in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2016, he became a Scientist I in Molecular Genetics.