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Sang-Ho is a highly accomplished scientist with a diverse background in the field of regenerative medicine. After completing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in biochemistry, specializing in bacterial genetics, in Korea, he pursued a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Davis. During his postdoctoral experience at UC Berkeley, he focused on immunology, further expanding his expertise.
In 2010, Sang-Ho joined the Stem Cell Research Lab at Emory, where he currently works in the Division of Cardiology. His research primarily revolves around regenerative medicine for cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, he concentrates on generating endothelial cells for cell therapy using stem cell technology. Through innovative approaches, Sang-Ho has successfully generated endothelial-like cells using a direct cellular reprogramming strategy with the transcription factor, ETV2. His current collaborative research with Dr. Yoon aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms behind endothelial direct reprogramming while optimizing the process for increased efficiency and clinical compatibility. Ultimately, their goal is to produce clinically compatible endothelial cells to repair damaged tissues caused by various cardiovascular diseases.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Sang-Ho finds enjoyment in popular TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and the zombie-themed series “Kingdom” on Netflix. He also values spending quality time with his family, particularly exploring bike trails and engaging in simple yard work with his son. Moreover, in support of his son’s passion for recurve archery and dreams of becoming an Olympian, Sang-Ho has embraced the role of an “archery dad” and even obtained a level 2 instructor certification from USA Archery.