2009 ASN MSI Research Award Winner


Young-Joon Surh, PhD

Chief and Professor, National Research Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University Seoul, Korea

Dr. Surh is the recipient of the ASN 2009 MSI Research Award. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under James and Elizabeth Miller. His studies focused on metabolic activation of hydroxymethyl polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: electrophilic and mutagenic sulfuric acid ester formation, DNA adducts, and carcinogenicity. He served as an assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine for three years before accepting a position as professor at Seoul National University in 1996.

Dr. Surh has over 150 publications on metabolic activation pathways, inhibitory effects of various naturally occurring components of spices and herbs, and identification of mutagenic and carcinogenic metabolites. His research has demonstrated a commitment to understanding the fundamental scientific mechanisms underlying observations in cell, tissue, animal models, and clinically significant events related to naturally occurring substances. Recent studies have identified molecular targets for chemoprevention of inflammation and inflammatory signaling, as well as cancer chemopreventive effects of antioxidant phytochemicals and chemopreventive agents in functional foods. He has also served on the editorial boards of more than 20 journals in his field.