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

Super-Includer Award, UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences, 2018, Hea Jin Park

CURO Research Assistantship, Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, 2018, Madelyn Claire Hansen

Graduate School Student Travel Award, UGA Graduate School, 2018, Xi Fang

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Research Projects

Investigators:

Hea Jin Park, Xi Fang

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.

Investigators

Hea Jin Park, Julie Jeon

Description:

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hypolipidemic activity of phytochemicals are tested in a co-culture system of mesenchymal stem cells and microglia.

Investigators

Hea Jin ParkXi Fang

Description:

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

Investigators

Hea Jin Park, Xi Fang

Description:

Cognitive development and gut-brain interaction will be tested in piglets following maternal intake of bioactive food compounds during gestation and lactation.

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Hea Jin 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

Julie Jeon

Julie Heejin Jeon

Ph.D. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

273 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
7065429851

Madelyn Hansen

Madelyn C. Hansen

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

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