Sung Roul Kim, PhD
Director, Integrated Research Center for Risk Assessment
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Soon Chun Hyang University
Scientific and technological studies are needed to provide evidence-based information on the association between environmental exposure and health effects. In addition, these studies will contribute to making the world a healthier place to live in.
My research interests lie at the interface of exposure sciences, risk assessment, environmental epidemiology and biostatistics. Exposure sciences comprise upstream assessments of sources, contamination, and environmental degradation, as well as downstream assessments, including human health, behavior and biology. In the context of these grand challenges, I am highly interested in the evaluation of human exposure to urban air pollutants and its impact on human health using epidemiologic approaches with combination of traditional and innovative methods.
Although there has been much attention directed toward the health impacts of exposures to air pollutants, there are unfortunately many difficulties associated with collecting high-resolution air pollution data as well as large population-based health data. As the first step, I am establishing an environmental health monitoring platform system to collect data of risk triggers for allergic patients and their health symptoms in South Korea. Such data will be used to develop preventive algorithms including control and alert systems.
With on my hands-on experience of analyzing biomarkers in various biospecimen and toxic air pollutants on top of the monitoring platform system, my research interests will be extended to providing evidence-based information that supports communities in remediating environmental risks as a matter of service and as a strategy for implementing research.