Heewon Kim

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Heewon Kim

Heewon Kim

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Public Health
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Why did you choose the College of Health at OSU to pursue your studies?

Being a pre-med student, I was actually a College of Science student upon the time of admission. I was a biochemistry major then switched to public health in the College of Health. It’s not that I thought one major is superior to another, but I learned I wanted to pursue my undergraduate degree in public health based on health careers classes I took in high school. Although it is true that I have to take pre-med science classes separately from my major requirements, I love my current major and am 100% satisfied with my decision.

What sparked your interest in health?

Honestly, I don’t remember why I got interested in health in the first place. I know it sounds a little silly, but I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was young. Even after exploring many other fields and interests as I grew up, I decided medicine and health is what I wanted to pursue in future.

Why are you interested in research?

On top of the fact that I’ll need this for med school admission, I wanted to have some experience with a wet lab environment. The only experience I had before this were labs in AP chemistry and biology classes, and I definitely wanted to utilize the research opportunities here.

What research will you be working on and with whom?

I’m working on “Antimicrobial Activities of In vitro Digested Human Donor Milk Peptide,” mentored by Atikur Rahman in the Dallas Lab.

What are your future career and/or academic plans?

As previously mentioned, I want to attend a medical school after undergraduate years and become a doctor. I have no idea what specialty I want to do yet, but I hope to figure it out as I explore the field.


The Healthy Discoveries undergraduate research program is made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.