Seo-Hyun Yoo

Seo-Hyun Yoo is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a citation in Spanish. Her academic interests lie in the intersection of environmental degradation and human health consequences. In particular, her work focuses on countries which face the compounding effects of the highest burdens of climate change and lowest levels of health infrastructure. Her research with the Golden Lab, through both her senior thesis and as a research assistant, focuses on the impact of marine seafood in reef ecosystems on nutrition in subsistence fishing communities.

Over the past few months, Seo-Hyun has been researching the interactions between coral degradation, fisheries catch, and human nutrition in the Bay of Ranobe, Madagascar for her thesis, focusing on local understanding and perceptions of change. With her project, she conducted fieldwork running surveys in the Bay of Ranobe over the summer. Through her work as a research assistant, she has been involved with projects analyzing fisheries and nutrition in Papua New Guinea and the modeling of the nutrient composition of different seafoods.

As an undergraduate, Seo-Hyun has led two projects resulting in articles accepted to peer-reviewed journals. Her first project, conducted with the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, focused on the incorporation of sustainability into health technology assessments and clinical/public health guidelines. Her second project, in collaboration with HMS faculty, focused on disparities in the clinical evidence mobilized toward the Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 therapeutics during the pandemic.