Hyunok Choi

Public health researcher examines and quantifies human resilience to adverse environmental conditions

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Hyunok Choi

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

Expertise:
Environmental health; role of pollutants on health; human resilience to adverse environmental conditions

Campus phone: (518) 402-0401
Campus email: hchoi@albany.edu

Biography:

Assistant Professor Hyunok Choi's research interests includes quantifying human resilience to adverse environmental condition, as well as the health consequences of such resilience. In particular, she is interested in fetal adaptation to adverse intrauterine environment within the context of “western” lifestyle.

As a global phenomenon, the "western lifestyle" influences not only the indoor exposure to the pollutants, but also parental physiologic and behavioral traits. Understanding the distinction between adaptation vs. early disease state during childhood is critical in clarifying the "window of vulnerability." She hope to examine whether early-life adaptation to these factors increase the susceptibility to childhood diseases, using polycyclic aromatics hydrocarbons and glycol ethers as two model pollutants.

Choi received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science from Cornell in 2006.