The research conducted in our laboratory aims to define the protective role of bioactive compounds and their mechanisms of action on obesity and cardiovascular disease. We utilize experimental animal models having increased oxidative stress and abnormal lipid metabolism with the underlying goal of translating experimental findings into practical recommendations that promote optimal health in humans.

Recent Awards

Ruth Rowan Morrison Scholarship, UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences, 2016-2017, Xi Fang

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Research Projects

Investigators:

Hea Jin Park, Xi Fang, Se Joong (David) Kang

Description:

The objective of this study is to test green tea catechins with various dietary fat contents in a pig model. The bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of green tea catechins with normal and high fat diets are determined in pigs.

Funding Source:

Georgia Agricultural Experimental Station, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Investigators

Hea Jin ParkXi Fang, Se Joong (David) Kang

Description:

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic activity of phytochemicals are tested in a co-culture system of adipocytes and macrophages.

Funding Source:

Georgia Agricultural Experimental Station, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Investigators

Hea Jin ParkXi Fang

Description:

Phytochemicals are tested as a potential therapeutic agent using a pig ischemic stroke model.

Funding Source:

Georgia Agricultural Experimental Station, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Hea Park

Hea Jin Park

Assistant Professor

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

269 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-5093

Xi Fang

Xi Fang

Ph.D. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

273 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-9851

Se Joong (David) Kang

Se Joong (David) Kang

Post-bac research assistant

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

273 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-9851