She received her Ph.D. in botany from the University of Florida and her master of science and bachelor of science degrees in biology from Seoul National University.
Yoo's research interests are in polyploid evolution, focusing on the well-known systems, cotton, Brassica, and Tragopogon; the impact of polyploidy on crop domestication and plant speciation; stress-response in plant systems using various omics tools; integrated study of transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics; and phylogenomics and evolution of flowering plants.
She has published in Genetics, The Plant Journal, PLoS Genetics,New Phytologist, and Journal of Proteomics, among other publications, and presented at many meetings.
Yoo is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Korean Society of Plant Taxonomists.
She previously served as an adjunct lecturer and postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida, and a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State University.