Seong-Hee Maria Ko
Sookmyung Womens University
Dr. Seong-Hee Maria Ko received her doctoral degree from Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea with a dissertation entitled "Effect of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine on obesity-associated metabolic changes in KKAy mice" in 2009 and received her mater degree from the same university with a dissertation entitled "A study of antioxidant action of some fruits and vegetables juices consumed commonly by Koreans” in 2003 and was instructed by Prof. Hyun-Sook Kim, Council member, International Union of Nutritional Science. She spent her junior researcher, senior researcher and post-doctor course in Dept. of Pharmacology, college of Medicine, Seoul National University, South Korea over 13 years under the instruction of Prof. Myung-Hee Chung. In 2007, she received the Seoul Science Fellowship from the Korean government and also was selected by the Korean government for Brain Korea 21 Scholarship in 2009.
Her main areas of interest are metabolism, oxidative stress, DNA repair, and immune function. She has published various of papers related to them and short details are as follows;
Her review paper, “Menopause-Associated Lipid Metabolic Disorders and Foods Beneficial for Postmenopausal Women” was selected as the most top downloaded paper (January - March in 2020). She teaches ‘Nutrition and cancer” and ‘Biotechnology’ for doctoral students in Sookmyung Women's University and she is a head of Dept. of research and development, Ho-Youn Kim's internal medicine clinic for Arthritis Rheumatism. She is working on autoimmune diseases that come from cytokine imbalances for obese people.
She speaks Korean, Japanese, English and Spanish. Thus, she has served as a translator for the Raphael Clinic that is a medical volunteer institute which has free medical service for foreign immigrant workers and refugees in South Korea. She was a Gabriel Prize Winner that is awarded to outstanding volunteers who have served more than 100 times at the Raphael Clinic (http://raphael.or.kr/en_US/). She loves to play the piano and the cello.