Hye Won Kang

Associate Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Ag & Environ Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Carver Hall 171-D
B.S.Food and Nutrition / Dongduk Women''s University
M.S.Food Science and Technology / Korea University
Ph.D.Nutritional Sciences / University of Connecticut

Research Interests

My research interest is to find a novel way to prevent obesity by activating brown fat and browning white fat using dietary compounds at molecular biological and physiological levels using mice and mammalian cell models. This includes (1) identification of dietary compounds which activate brown fat, (2) finding a mechanism by which dietary compounds activate brown fat and browning effect on white fat, (3) understanding a relationship between brown fat and other oxidative tissues to prevent obesity.

Recent Publications

  • Hye Won Kang, Sang Gil Lee (2020). (Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of anthocyanins of Trifolium pratense (red clover) in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW-267.4 macrophages). (4) 12, pp. 1089 ). Nutrients.
  • Hye Won Kang, Sung Jin Lee, Jane Walker (2018). (Assessing breakfast eating behaviors of historically Black College and University (HBCU) students). (2) 110, pp. 43-48 ). Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Kyoungsoo Ha, Hye Won Kang, Sang Lee, Dammah Otieno (2018). (Flavonoids, potential bioactive compounds and non-shivering thermogenesis.). (9) 10, pp. 1168 ). Nutrients.
  • Hye Won Kang, Sang Gil Lee, John Parks (2017). (Quercetin, a functional compound of onion peel, remodels white adipocytes to brown-like adipocytes). 42, pp. 62-71 ). The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
  • Hong-Yon Cho, Jin-Nyoung Ho, Hye Won Kang, Jin-Kyu Lee, Eun-Jeong Lim, Won-Chul Lim (2017). (Germinated Waxy Black Rice Ameliorates Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats). (11) 40, pp. 1846-1855 ). Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin.
  • Un-Jae Chang, Jung-Wa Choi, Eun-Jin Jung, Hye Won Kang, Young-Suk Kim (2017). (The Analysis of a Diet for the Human Being and the Companion Animal using Big Data in 2016). (4) 6, pp. 256-266 ). Clinical Nutrition Research.
  • Hong-Yon Cho, Jae-Woo Choi, Hye Won Kang, Mi-Kyoung Kim, In-Young Lee, Won-Chul Lim (2017). (Kefir Prevented Excess Fat Accumulation in Diet-Induced Obese Mice). (5) 81, pp. 958-965 ). Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry.
  • Ugochukwu Anyanwu, Valerie Giddings, Bonita Hardy, Saeed Hayek, Salam Ibrahim, Hye Won Kang, Ragina Rafiq, Reza Tahergorabi (2016). (Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activities of Essential Oils from Artemisia herba-alba Asso., Pelargonium capitatum x radens and Laurus nobilis L.). (2) 5, pp. 28 ). Foods.
  • Hye Won Kang, Sang Gil Lee, Joanna Siaw (2016). (Stimulatory Effects of Cinnamon Extract (Cinnamomum cassia) during the Initiation Stage of 3T3-L1 Adipocyte Differentiation). (83) 5, pp. 1-9 ). Foods.
  • Hye Won Kang (2016). (Can eating foods burn body fat?). (1) 2016, pp. 1 ). Journal of Obesity and Nutritional Disorders.
  • David Cohen, Valeriy Demchev, Anal Desai, Hye Won Kang, Yingxia Li, Geraldine Malana, Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi, Michele Niepel, Janis Stoll, Chinweike Ukomadu, Divya Vangala (2013). (Targeted deletion of fibrinogen like protein 1 reveals a novel role in energy substrate utilization). (3) 8, pp. e58084 ). PLoS ONE.
  • David Cohen, Susan Hagen, Ronald Kahn, Hye Won Kang, Yuki Kawano, Katherine LeClair, Cafer Ozdemir, Cecile Vernochet (2013). (Thioesterase superfamily member 2/acyl-CoA thioesterase 13 (Them2/Acot13) regulates adaptive thermogenesis in mice). (46) 288, pp. 33376-33386 ). J Biol Chem.
  • David Cohen, Shuxin Han, Hye Won Kang, Yuki Kawano, Michele Niepel (2012). (Thioesterase superfamily member 2 (Them2)/Acyl-CoA thioesterase 13 (Acot13) regulates hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism). (5) 26, pp. 2209-2221 ). FASEB J.
  • Antonio Bianco, Melany Castillo, David Cohen, Mayrin Correa-Medina, Jessica Hall, Hye Won Kang, Cintia Ueta (2011). (Disruption of thyroid hormone activation in Type 2 deiodinase knockout mice causes obesity with glucose intolerance and liver steatosis only at thermoneutrality.). (4) 60, pp. 1082-1089 ). Diabetes.
  • David Cohen, Hye Won Kang, Keishi Kanno, Erez Scapa (2010). (Regulatory role for phosphatidylcholine transfer protein/StarD2 in the metabolic response to peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARα). ). (4) 1801, pp. 496-502 ). Biochim Biophys Acta .
  • David Cohen, Hye Won Kang, Jie Wei (2010). (PC-TP/StARD2: Of membranes and metabolism. ). (7) 21, pp. 449-456 ). Trends Endocrinol Metab .
  • David Cohen, Hye Won Kang, Jie Wei (2009). (Thioesterase superfamily member 2 (Them2)/Acyl-CoA thioesterase 13 (Acot13): A homotetrameric hotdog fold thioesterase with selectivity for long chain fatty acyl-CoAs.). (2) 421, pp. 311-322 ). Biochem J .
  • Antonio Bianco, David Cohen, Susan Hagen, Hye Won Kang, Brian Kim, Scott Ribich (2009). (Mice lacking phosphatidylcholine transfer protein/StarD2 exhibit increased adaptive thermogenesis and enlarged mitochondria in brown adipose tissue.). (11) 50, pp. 2212-2221 ). J Lipid Res .
  • Hye Won Kang, (2007). (Altered lipid catabolism in the vitamin A deficient liver). (1-2) 271, pp. 18-27 ). Mol Cell Endocrinol .
  • Ih Seop Chang, Hong Yon Cho, Woo Jin Chun, Sang Bae Han, Hye Won Kang, Hee Yun Kim, Kwang won Yu (2002). (Isolation and Characterization of alkyl peroxy radical scavenging compound from leaves of Laurus nobilis. ). (1) 25, pp. 102-108 ). Biol Pharm Bull .