Yunsuk Koh, Ph.D.

Yunsuk Koh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Director of Exercise Physiology
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Yunsuk Koh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Program Director of Exercise Physiology

Research Area 

My current research primarily focuses on examining the effects of exercise, nutrition, and obesity on inflammation, atherosclerosis, and endothelial function. Some of the biomarkers in which I am interested are cell adhesion molecules (i.e. intracellular CAM-1, vascular CAM-1, and E-Selectin), matrix metalloproteinases, tissue inhibitors of MMPs, oxidative enzymes (i.e. ox-LDL, MPO, and 12/15 LOX), etc. These molecules are strongly associated with inflammation, atherosclerosis, and endothelial function; thus, my research mainly focuses on examining the response of these molecules following exercise and dietary/lifestyle modification in overweight and obese people that are more susceptible to cardiometabolic diseases. 

Current Courses Taught 

  • HP 1420 Human Anatomy 

  • HP 2306 Anatomical Kinesiology 

  • HP 2420 Exercise Physiology 

  • HP 3330 Research Method and Design in Exercise Science 

  • HP 5330 Physiology of Exercise II: Cardiovascular Aspects 

  • HP 5V99 Thesis 

  • HP 6000 Doctoral Research Seminar 

  • HP 6V99 Dissertation 

Select Publications (*Corresponding author) 

  • Jose Moris, Corrinn Heinold, Alexandra Blades, and Yunsuk Koh*. Nutrient-based Appetite Regulation. Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. In Press. 2022.  

  • Joshua Cook, Benny Segovia, Ludimila Cosio-Lima, Jeffrey Simpson, Scott Taylor, Yunsuk Koh, Sangho Kim, and Youngil Lee. Endurance Exercise-mediated Metabolic Reshuffle Attenuates High-caloric Diet-induced Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Annals of Hepatology. doi:10.1016/j.aohep.2022.100709. 2022. 

  • Jose Moris and Yunsuk Koh*. Acute Cardiorespiratory Responses During Maximal Aerobic Exercise While Wearing a Face Mask. In Press. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2022.   

  • Jinkyung Park and Yunsuk Koh. Acute Response of Blood Lipids and Lipoproteins to Different Intensities of Exercise in Obese Males. Journal of Health, Sports, and Kinesiology. 2(4), 3-8, 2021. doi:10.47544/johsk.2021. 

  • Haley Turner, Jose Seiba, Heather Hudson, and Yunsuk Koh*. The Relationship Among Body Composition, Exercise Participation, and Perception Towards a Lifetime Fitness Class in College Students. Journal of Sports Research. 8(2), 49-63. 2021. Doi:10.18488/journal.90.2021.82.49.63.    

  • Jarrett Walbolt and Yunsuk Koh*. Non-nutritive Sweeteners and Metabolic Diseases. Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. 29, 114-123. 2020. doi:10.7570/jomes19079.   

  • Hana Marsheck and Yunsuk Koh*. The Potential for Acupuncture to Mediate Hippocampal Apoptosis. Asian Journal of Medicine and Health. 18(1), 35-47. 2020.  

  • James M. Heilman and Yunsuk Koh*. The Effects of Cocoa Flavanols on Endothelial Function and Exercise Performance. International Journal of Sport Science. 10(4), 82-91. 2020. doi:10.5923/j.sports.20201004.03.   

  • Songdae Kim, Ilgyu Jeong, Yunsuk Koh, and Hee-Hyuk Lee. Effects of Recumbent Angle Cycling on Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity and Rate Pressure Product During Exercise and Recovery. Korean Journal of Health Promotion. 19(3), 155-160. 2019. 

  • Yunsuk Koh and Jinkyung Park. Exercise and Cell Adhesion Molecules. Journal of Inflammation Research. Journal of Inflammation Research. 11, 297-306. 2018. doi:10.2147/JIR.S170262. 

  • Yunsuk Koh, Jinkyung Park, and Rick Carter. Changes in Plasma Oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein and Soluble Cell Adhesion Molecules Following Exercise Training in Obese Individuals. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 39(2), 83-88. 2018. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-118848. 

  • Jinkyung Park, Darryn Willoughby, Joon Jin Song, Brian Leutholtz, and Yunsuk Koh*. Exercise-induced Changes in Stress Hormones and Cell Adhesion Molecules in Obese Men. Journal of Inflammation Research. 11, 69-75. 2018. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S158294. 

  • Yunsuk Koh and Kyung-Shin Park. Responses of Inflammatory Cytokines Following Moderate Intensity Walking Exercise in Overweight and Obese Individuals. Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation. 13(4), 472-476. 2017. doi: 10.12965/jer.1735066.533. 

  • Jonathan Jaoude and Yunsuk Koh*. Matrix Metalloproteinases in Exercise and Obesity. Vascular Health and Risk Management. 12, 287-295. 2016. doi: 10.2147/VHRM.S103877. 

  • Jin Park, Neil Schwarz, Darryn Willoughby, and Yunsuk Koh*. Acute Changes in Soluble Adhesion Molecules Following Different Intensities of Resistance Exercise. International Journal of Sports Science. 5(6), 234-239, 2015. doi: 10.5923/j.sports.20150506.03. 

  • Yunsuk Koh, Heidi Bidstrup, and David Nichols. Niacin Increased Glucose, Insulin, and C-peptide Levels in Sedentary Non-diabetic Postmenopausal Women. International Journal of Women’s Health. 6, 913-920. 2014. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S69908. 

Education & Training 

  • Doctoral of Philosophy in Exercise Science, emphasis in Exercise Physiology with Nutrition minor. Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. 2008. 

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science, emphasis in Exercise Physiology. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. 2002. 

  • Master of Physical Education, emphasis in Exercise Physiology. Kangwon National University, Kangwon, Korea. 1999. 

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Kangwon National University, Kangwon, Korea. 1996. 


Contact Information 

Baylor University 
College of Health & Human Sciences, HHPR 
One Bear Place #97313 
Waco, TX 76798-7313 

Office: Rena Marrs McLean Gym 224 
Phone: 254 - 710 - 4002 
Fax: 254 - 710 - 3527