2018 Young Investigator Grant (YIG) Winners Announcement
2018 KSEA YIG for Science
Si Hong Park
Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Department of Food Science and Technology
Oregon State University
Dr. Si Hong Park is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology of Oregon State University. He received his B.S. in 2004, M.S. in 2006 from Kyung Hee University and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arkansas in 2013. Until joining Oregon State University in 2017, he continued his research as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Arkansas after he received his Ph.D. degree.
His research is focused on a food safety program development including genomics, metagenomics (microbiome and whole genome sequencing), and transcriptomics based on a next generation sequencing and bioinformatics. Specifically, his works on the development of feed supplements (prebiotics, probiotics and antimicrobials) to replace the antibiotic growth promoter have been published in several high impact journals. He has published 76 peer reviewed articles (64 research, 7 review and 5 book chapters) in coveted journals and he also has an excellent citation record as a young investigator.
With the KSEA Young Investigator Grant, he will investigate “Application of molecular-based assays for foodborne pathogens detection and indicator bacteria identification associated with food safety and quality.” The proposed work aims for 1) development of the multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for simultaneous detection of foodborne pathogens in poultry products, and 2) identification of overall microbial population changes and indicator microorganisms in poultry products during storage period via next generation sequencing. Dr. Park desires that his research contributes to the development of the rapid molecular-based methodology, which can monitor crucial foodborne pathogens during food storage as well as food processing.
2018 KSEA YIG for Engineering
Jung Hun Seo
Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Department of Materials Design and Innovation
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Dr. Jung-Hun Seo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He received his B.S. in 2006 from Electrical Engineering, Korea University and M.S. in 2011 and Ph.D. in 2015 from Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. Before he joined the SUNY in 2016, he worked at the University of Wisconsin as an Assistant Scientist after he received his Ph.D. degree.
His research is focused on (a) development of next generation flexible electronics and optoelectronics, (b) novel nano/micro fabrication processes, and (c) development and heterogeneous integration of novel low-dimension or ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors. His recent work was highlighted in a high impact journal that demonstrates the integrated flexible bipolar-complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor thin-film transistors. As a junior faculty, Dr. Seo has already demonstrated scientific scholarship with measurable impacts. He has published ~70 peer-reviewed articles with over 1,600 citations and holds 9 US patents. He has received several research grants including a grant from DOD-DARPA to develop new materials for high power and high frequency transistors.
With the KSEA Young Investigator Grant, Dr. Seo will investigate “Innovative approach to integrate two dissimilar wide bandgap semiconductors toward efficient energy conversion device.” The proposed work aims to provide a comprehensive solution to develop efficient high power switches, which will lead to enhanced switching performance for today’s power electronics. Dr. Seo desires to spur transformative technologies that broadly affect daily life in the area of electronics, optoelectronics, and solar energy harvesting.