Sunhye Lee

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Ph.D. Candidate

372 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4873

Current Classes

FDNS2100 as a teaching assistant


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
BS Foods and Nutrition Yeungnam University 2002
MS Foods and Nutrition Seoul National University 2006


My research interest is to investigate the effects of dietary interventions on glucose homeostasis and inflammatory status associated with the gut microbiota alteration.

Current Research

Influence of whole food (blueberry) consumption on high fat diet-induced inflammation and insulin resistance.
Potential beneficial effect of probiotic encapsulation on GI distal delivery, systemic inflammation and weight gain.


FDNS 2100 Human Nutrition and Food (Instructor: Dr.Barbara Grossman)
Guest Lecturer: Diet and Health/ Vitamins and Minerals
Fall semester

Teaching Assistant in Basic Nutrition
Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Keimyung University Dongsan medical Center Dietetic intern 1
BINGGRAE co., Ltd., (Dairy Company) Senior Researcher 5


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Scholarship/ Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Science 2017
• Ruth Rowan Morrison Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Science 2016
• Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 2016
• Regional Winner for North America of Alltech’s Young Scientist Competition Alltech co., Ltd. 2016
• Travel Grants College of Family and Consumer Science and Dpt of Foods and Nutrition 2015
• Sharone Boone Hamner Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Science 2014
• Dean's List for 2 Semesters as an Exchange Student Mississippi State University 2004-2005
• Yeungnam University Educational Grant Scholarship Yeungnam University 2003
• Yeungnam University Full Scholarship Yeungnam University for 8 Semesters 2002-2006


Vaughn, A.C., Cooper, E.M., DiLorenzo, P.M., O’Loughlin, L.J., Konkel, M.E., Peters, J.H., Hajnal, A., Sen, T., Lee, S.H., de La Serre, C.B. and Czaja, K., 2017. Energy-dense diet triggers changes in gut microbiota, reorganization of gut-brain vagal communication and increases body fat accumulation. Acta neurobiologiae experimentalis, 77(1), p.18.

Lee S.H., de La Serre C.B. (2015). Gut Microbiome-Brain Communications Regulate Host Physiology and Behavior. Health Food Sci 3(2).

Mo, J. M., Lee, S. H., Park, M. N., Lee, Y. S. (2008). Ulcer Healing Effects of Vitamin E on Chronic Gastric Ulcer Induced by Alcohol in Young Adult Rats. J Korean Soc Food Sci Nutr., 37(3), 309-316. 

Shon, J.H., Lee, S.H., Lee, Fan-Zhu, Lee, B.D., Eun, J.B. (2007). The Effects of Heating on the Physicochemical and Functional Properties of Acid Whey Compared to Sweet Whey. Food Science and Biotechnology. 16(5): 836-842.

Working Papers

Sunhye Lee, Katherine I. Keirsey, Rebecca Kirkland, Zachary I. Grunewald, Joan G. Fischer, Claire B. de La Serre. Blueberry supplementation improves gut microbiota and inflammatory profiles in high fat fed rats. In Review.

Advisory Committee

Claire De La Serre, PhD, Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA (Major Professor)
Dorothy B. Hausman, PhD, Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA
Joan G. Fischer, PhD, RDN, Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA
Nickolay M. Filipov PhD, Department of Physiology and  Pharmacology, UGA
Kun Lu, PhD, Department of Environmental Health Science, UGA