Miyoung Suh RD., PhD.

Miyoung Suh

Dr. Suh received her PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Under the supervision of Dr. MT Clandinin, she discovered that eicosapentaenoic acid was the precursor of n-3 very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA, C24-C36) in the photoreceptors of the retina, not docosahexaenoic acid. In further studies, it was found that these VLCFA deficiencies are associated with Stargardt Macular Dystrophy. Dr. Suh then joined the department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba in 2005 to continue in nutritional lipid biochemistry research. She has also been trained as a Clinical Dietitian in the areas of gastroenterology, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and has served as the Director of the University Dietetics Program for 6 years up until 2011.

Dr. Suh’s current research involves studying the fundamental roles of dietary lipids in the male reproductive system and neural cells in obese, diabetic and other metabolically challenged animal models, as well as humans. Although the brain, retina and testis/sperm are very different organs regarding function, their common lipid profiles are the codes that her research is trying to break. Overall, her research outcomes provide a basis for the development of functional foods and diet strategies that will be beneficial to visual and male reproductive health.

Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, 209 Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T6C5, Canada

e-mail: miyoung.suh@umanitoba.ca