Rogers State University Associate Professor Dr. Jin Seo was awarded a $25,000 research grant from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Collaborate Grant program fosters research interactions between faculty and undergraduate institutions.
Faculty researchers gain valuable experience in designing, conducting and reporting biomedical research, enhancing their ability to compete for extramural funding beyond the local level. Seo’s research is titled “Regulator Mechanisms of Temperature-medicated Energy Homeostasis.”
“Dr. Seo's research demonstrates the strong scholarly work RSU desires from faculty,” Dr. Richard Beck, vice president for academic affairs, said.
Dr. Seo joined the RSU faculty in 2013. He earned his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s degree in genetic engineering from Seoul National University in South Korea, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Yonsei University in Seoul. He was honored as the 2015 and 2016 recipient of RSU’s Pfizer Excellence in Scholarship/Research.
In 2019, original research by Seo and RSU students was published by PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science.
RSU’s Department of Biology offers a bachelor’s degree in biology with options in medical/molecular biology and environmental conservation, as well as an associate degree in biology and a minor in biology. The medical/molecular degree option has proven to be an effective preparation for students pursuing medically related professional graduate programs. More than 150 RSU students have been successfully placed in professional graduate programs including medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, and more.