Hea Jin Park, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Assistant Professor

269 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-5093


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Foods and Nutrition Ewha Womans University
MS Foods and Nutrition Ewha Womans University
BS Foods and Nutrition Ewha Womans University


My research focuses on bioactive food compounds and vitamins and their mechanisms of action on obesity and obesity-related diseases such as Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. For more information, see the Bioactive Compounds and Health Laboratory.


Human Nutrition and Food, Honors (FDNS2100H)

Cultural Aspects of Foods and Nutrition (FDNS4630/6630)

Nutrition and Disease Processes II (FDNS8550)

Journal Articles

X Fang, M Azain, JA Grimes, JL Mumaw, C Schimdt, HJ Park. The effect of acute exposure of green tea extract and lemon juice on oxidative stress and lipid profile in pigs fed high fat diet. Under review 2018

X Fang, E Olsen, JH Jeon, JB Dagher, J Chung, HJ Park, JY Lee. RGS10 depletion exaggerates high fat diet induced insulin resistance and inflammation that are mitigated by green tea extract. Under review 2018

AK Knight, HJ Park+,DB Hausman, J Fleming#, V Andersen, G Rosa, M Caudill, O Malysheva, GPA Kauwell, A Sokolow, S Fisher, AK Smith, LB Bailey. Association between one-carbon metabolism indices and DNA methylation status in maternal and cord blood. Under review 2018

NM Hohos, AK Smith, HJ Park, DB Hausman, LB Bailey, DC Shade, RB Meagher. DNA cytosine methylation differences in obese and normal BMI women in CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, and CD16+ neutrophils. Under review 2018

RA Reed, M Barletta, JA Grimes, JL Mumaw, HJ Park, X Fang#, M Azain, S Giguere, and JE Quandt. Accuracy of an oscillometric blood pressure monitor in anesthetized pigs. Laboratory Animals. In press, 2018

DC Shade, HJ Park*, DB Hausman, Hohos NM, RB Meagher, GPA Kauwell, V Kilaru, RD Lewis, AK Smith, LB Bailey. DNA Methylation Changes in Whole Blood and CD16+ Neutrophils in Response to Chronic Folic Acid Supplementation in Women of Childbearing Age. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research. In press, 2018

Park HJ*, Bailey LB, Shade DC, Hausman DB, Hohos NM, Meagher RB, Kauwell GP, Lewis RD, Smith AK. Distinctions in gene-specific changes in DNA methylation in response to folic acid supplementation between women with normal weight and obesity. Obes Res Clin Pract. S1871-403X(17)30062-5, 2017.

AK Knight, JM Craig, C Theda,…. HJ Park, . . . AK Smith. An epigenetic clock for gestational age at birth based on blood methylation data.. Genome biology, 17(1), 206, 2016

JD Gordon#, DB Hausman, LB Bailey, RD Lewis, EM Laing, HJ Park*. Impact of gluten-containing foods on folate intake of women of childbearing age. The Digest, 51(1): 2-7, 2016

MY Chung, E Mah, C Masterjohn, SK Noh, HJ Park, RM Clark, YK Park, JY Lee, RS Bruno. Green tea extract suppresses hepatic cyclooxygenase-2-mediated prostaglandin E2 accumulation in rats with dietary fat induced nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. J Med Food. 18(6):648-55, 2015

E Mah, SK Noh, KD Ballard, HJ Park, JS Volek, RS Bruno. Supplementation of a γ-tocopherol-rich mixture of tocopherols in healthy men protects against vascular endothelial dysfunction induced by postprandial hyperglycemia. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 24(1):196-203, 2013

HJ Park, JY Lee, MY Chung, YK Park, AM Bower, SI Koo, C Giardina, RS Bruno. Green tea extract suppresses NFκB activation and inflammatory responses in diet-induced obese rats with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutrition. 142(1):57-63. 2012

MY Chung, HJ Park, JE Manautou, SI Koo, RS Bruno. Green tea extract protects against nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in ob/ob mice by decreasing oxidative and nitrative stress responses induced by pro-inflammatory enzymes. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 23(4):361-7. 2012

JM Bustamante, HJ Park, RL Tarleton. Report of the 2nd Chagas Drug Discovery Consortium meeting, held on 3 November 2010; Atlanta GA, USA. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery. 6(9):965-73. 2011

Y Yang, JM Seo, A Nguyen, TX Pham, HJ Park, Y Park, B Kim, RS Bruno, J Lee. Astaxanthin-rich extract from the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis lowers plasma lipid concentrations and enhances antioxidant defense in apolipoprotein E knockout mice. Journal of Nutrition. 141(9):1611-7. 2011

DC Montrose, NA Horelik, JP Madigan, GD Stoner, L Wang, RS Bruno, HJ Park, C Giardina, DW Rosenberg. Anti-inflammatory effects of freeze-dried black raspberry powder in ulcerative colitis. Carcinogenesis, 32(3):343-50. 2011

HJ Park, DD DiNatale, M-Y Chung, Y-K Park, J-Y Lee, SI Koo, M O’Connor, JE Manautou, RS Bruno. Green tea extract attenuates hepatic steatosis by decreasing adipose lipogenesis and enhances hepatic antioxidant defenses in ob/ob mice. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 22(4):393-400, 2011

MY Chung, SF Yeung, HJ Park, JS Volek, RS Bruno. Dietary α- and γ-tocopherol supplementation attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory-related responses in an obese mouse model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 21(12): 1200-6, 2010

HJ Park, E Mah, RS Bruno. Validation of high-performance liquid chromatography-boron-doped diamond detection for assessing hepatic glutathione redox status. Analytical Biochemistry, 15: 407(2): 151-9, 2010

HJ Park, RS Bruno. Hepatoprotective activities of green tea in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. AGRO FOOD INDUSTRY HI-TECH, 21(n1): 37-40, 2010

HJ Park, SR Davis, HY Liang, DW Rosenberg, RS Bruno. Chlorogenic acid differentially alters hepatic and small intestinal thiol redox status without protecting against Azoxymethane-induced colon carcinogenesis in mice. Nutrition and Cancer, 62(3): 362-70, 2010

HJ Park, MA Della-Fera, DB Hausman, S Rayalam, S Ambati, CA Baile. Genistein inhibits differentiation of primary human adipocytes, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 20(2):140-8. 2009

JY Yang, MA Della-Fera, S Rayalam, HJ Park, S Ambati, DB Hausman, DL Hartzell, and CA Baile. Regulation of adipogenesis by medium-chain fatty acids in the absence of hormonal cocktail. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 20(7): 537-43, 2009

S Raylam, JY Yang, MA Della-Fera, HJ Park, S Ambati, CA Baile. Anti-obesity effects of xanthohumol plus guggulsterone in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Journal of Medicinal Food, 12(4): 846-53, 2009

S Ambati, JY Yang, S Rayalam, HJ Park, MA Della-Fera, CA Baile. Ajoene exerts potent effects in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by inhibiting adipogenesis and inducing apoptosis. Phytotherapy Research, 23(4):513-8, 2009

HJ Park, JY Yang, S Ambati, MA Della-Fera, DB Hausman, S Rayalam, CA Baile. Combined Effects of Genistein, Quercetin and Resveratrol on Adipogenesis and Apoptosis in Primary Human Adipocytes and 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. Journal of medicinal food, 11(4):773-83, 2008

HJ Park, S Rayalam, MA Della-Fera, S Ambati, CA Baile. Withaferin A induces apoptosis and inhibits adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Biofactors, 33(2):137-48, 2008
DB Hausman, HJ Park, GJ Hausman. Isolation and culture of preadipocytes from rodent white adipose tissue. Methods in Molecular Biology. 456:201-19, 2008

S Rayalam, MA Della-Fera, S Ambati, JY Yang, HJ Park, CA Baile. Enhanced Effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 plus genistein on adipogenesis and apoptosis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Obesity (Silver Spring), 1-8, 2008

JY Yang, MA Della-Fera, S Rayalam, S Ambati, D Hartzell, HJ Park, CA Baile. Enhanced inhibition of adipogenesis and induction of apoptosis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes with combinations of resveratrol and quercetin, Life Sciences, 82: 1032-1039, 2008

S Rayalam, MA Della-Fera, JY Yang, HJ Park, S Ambati, CA Baile. Potentiation of anti-adipogenic and pro-apoptotic effects with genistein plus resveratrol in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, Journal of Nutrition, 137(12):2668-73, 2007

JM Lee, HJ Park. Effects of supplementary diet on iron status and development in infants. Korean Journal of Nutrition 38(3): 226-231, 2005

JM Lee, HJ Park, SM Park. A survey on eating behaviors of preschool children for development snack. Korean Journal of Food Culture 18(2): 151-159, 2003

JM Lee, HJ Park, JY Ha. Plant resources investigation to develop supplement food for infant. Korean Journal of Food Culture 17(5): 646-652, 2002

JM Lee, M Kim, HJ Park. A study on nutrient intake and dietary behavior of housewife and female college student in Yanbien.  Korean Journal of Dietary Culture 16(1): 33-42, 2001

JM Lee, WK Cho, HJ Park. Effects of chitosan treated with enzymatic methods on glucose and lipid metabolism in rats. Korean Journal of Nutrition 31(7): 1112-1120, 1998