About Us

Principal Investigators

Professor Lee

Dr. Ji-Young Lee, FAHA, FACN

Dr. Lee is a Professor and Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association as well as the American College of Nutrition. She was the recipient of the first Korean Nutrition Society Award selected by the American Society for Nutrition in 2011.  Dr. Lee’s research centers around identifying molecular mediators involved in energy metabolism, inflammation, and fibrosis, which mediate the health benefits of dietary factors, such as berries, carotenoids, edible algae, and seaweeds. In particular, her primary focus is linking inflammatory/fibrogenic signaling pathways to energy metabolism using state of the art molecular techniques and cell bioenergetics tools in cells and animal models. Studies on how dietary factors regulate histone deacetylases as an epigenetic mode of action to regulate gene expression in metabolic, inflammatory, and fibrogenic pathways are actively underway in her laboratory.

Google Scholar Biosketch

Dr. Young-Ki Park

Dr. Young-Ki Park

Dr. Park is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. His research focuses on the role of natural products in the regulation of obesity-related metabolic and inflammatory diseases. In recent years, he has been investigating the health benefits of Connecticut-grown seaweed, such as sugar kelp, related to obesity, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease, using pre-clinical models.

Lab Members

Current Members

Jaeeun Lee, PhD, Postdoc

Hyungryun Jang, PhD Student

Olivia Corvino, PhD Student

Olivia Corvino, PhD Student

Hayoung Woo, PhD student

Undergraduate Students

Jonathan Schmitt,  Nutritional Sciences

Erin Lee, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Lori Huang, Nutritional Sciences

Former Members at UConn

Postdocs and Graduate Students

John Josep Chua, Visiting MD/PhD student

Dr. Mi-Bo Kim, Postdoc

Dr. Mi-Bo Kim, Postdoc

Hyungju Kang

Hyunju Kang, PhD in Dec 2020

Siqi Hu

Siqi Hu, PhD in July 2020

Yoojin Lee

Yoojin, PhD in May 2020

Minkyung Bae

Minkyung Bae, PhD in May 2019

Tho Pham

Tho Pham, PhD in Dec 2015

Callie Ferruggia

Callie Ferruggia,MS in Dec 2014

Tyler Benn

Tyler Benn, MS in August 2014

Cindy Yang

Cindy Yang, PhD in August 2014

Chai Siah Ku

Chai Siah Ku, PhD in August 2014

Casey Wegner

Casey Wegner, MS in May 2014

Dr. Bohkyung Kim

Dr. Bohkyung Kim, Postdoc, 2010-2015

Undergraduate Students

  • Alejandro Figueroa Condiman, BTG fellow, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Abigail Interrante, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Naniel Scott, Nutritional Sciences
  • Victoria Kostour, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Will Odell, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Adriana Suria, Nutritional Sciences
  • Rachael Woodruff, Nutritional Sciences
  • Anqi Cheng, Nutritional Sciences
  • Lorenzo Ross, Allied Health Sciences
  • Emily McManus, Nutritional Sciences
  • Broke Fay, Nutritional Sciences
  • Molly Vanluling, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Olivia Corvino, Nutritional Sciences
  • Dana Chamberlain, Nutritional Sciences
  • Catherine Han, Biological Sciences
  • Edward O’Neill, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Christian Caceres, Nutritional Sciences
  • Ellen Harness, Animal Science
  • Nicholas Farrell, Nutritional Sciences

Lab Photos

Lab members together for Will and Victoria’s farewell, May 7, 2022

Hyungryun’s presentation at CAHNR Grad Res Forum, April 9, 2022

Will’s presentation at UConn Frontiers, April 9, 2022

Abby’s presentation at UConn Frontiers, April 9, 2022

Hyungryun’s presentation at GMMG mini-symposium, March 15, 2022

Hyunju’s Commencement, May 8, 2021

Party for Hyunju’s graduation, June 2021

Party for Hyunju’s graduation, June 2021

Lab members in a living room
Two lab members holding a cake
Lab members in the lab
group of people in the city with cityscape through the window behind them
group of people on Horsebarn Hill in Storrs
Lab members in a house
Lab members in front of a presentation
Lab members in Gampel
group of people in laboratory
Lab members in a living room
Lab members in front of a bulletin board
Lab members eating dinner
Lab member presenting a presentation
Professor Lee receiving award
Lab members in a hallway taking a selfie
Lab member in the lab
Siqi Hu working
Student in lab
Tho Pham in lab
Lab member conferring with person at convention
Lab members taking group picture in city
Student working in lab
Lab member holding up framed paper award
Lab member shaking hands with someone
Lab members holding paper award with Professor Lee
Lab member working in lab