Sun Ok Lee - Assistant Professor

Phone: 479-575-6921 (Office)
Address: University of Arkansas I Department of Food Science I 2650 North Young Avenue I Fayetteville AR 72704


University of Arkansas, Food Science

 Cluster Identification:
- Plant Interactions with Other Organisms Cluster

Research Areas/Expertise:
- Antioxidants
- Phytochemicals & Human Health

Research Summary | Selected Publications | Lab Members | Key Collaborators | Research Projects | Links

Research Summary:

  • Role of dietary phytochemicals and natural extracts in health and disease
  • Bioavailability of bioactive components in natural products and foods
  • Food Toxicology

Selected Publications:

Pak, Dolar; Koo, Ok Kyung; Story, Robert S, O’Bryan, Corliss A; Crandall, Philip G; Lee, Sun-Ok; Ricke, Steven C.  2013. Acridine orange as an alternative to optical density to study growth kinetics of Lactobacilli bulgaricus ATCC7517. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B.  48:512-515.

 Pak, Dolar; Muthaiyan, Arunachalam; Story, Robert S, O’Bryan, Corliss A; Lee, Sun-Ok; Crandall, Philip G; Ricke, Steven C.  2013.  Fermentative capacity of three strains of Lactobacilli using different sources of carbohydrates: In vitro evaluation of symbiotic effects, resistance and tolerance to bile and gastric juices.  Journal of Food Research.  2:158-167.

Eswaranandam S, Salyer J, Chen P, Lee S-O.  2012. Effect of elicitor spray at different reproductive stages on saponin content of soybean. Journal of Food Science. 77: H81-86.

Qiang Z, Lee S-O, Ye Z, Wu X, Hendrich S.  2012. Artichoke extract lowered plasma cholesterol and increased fecal bile acids in golden Syrian hamsters. Phytotherapy Research.  26:1048-1052.

Lab Members:

Ellen Pottgen 
MS student (Food Science)
Tung Pham
MS student (Food Science)

Melissa Jones

MS Student (Food Science)

Key Collaborators

Dr. Pengyin Chen, Dept. of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Dr. Cesar M Compadre, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Science, University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Little Rock

Dr. Ken Korth, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Dr. Steven C Ricke, Dept. of Food Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Dr. Brett J Savary, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Dr. Ya-Jane Wang, Professor of Food Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Research Projects

Anti-diabetes efficacy of functional starch in rice and grain sorghum (human study)

Gut microbial degradation of anthocyanins of blackberries (in vitro)

Fermentation patterns of fibers (in vitro)

Effect of neochlorogenic acid on human colon cancer cells (in vitro)