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Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at UCF. She holds an Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, with an emphasis on Cancer Epidemiology from the University of Miami. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and received additional training in Biostatistics from the University of Kentucky.

Lee’s research focuses on risk factors and biomarkers of radiotherapy-related symptoms among breast cancer patients. Her approach includes using secondary data to examine the effect of adjuvant radiotherapy among breast cancer survivors in racially and ethnically diverse populations. She also is using the SEER-MHOS (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data linked to the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey) database from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the interrelationship among adjuvant radiotherapy, comorbidity, survival and health-related quality of life among elderly women with early-stage breast cancer—factors that she believes should be considered in treatment decision process. Lee also conducts systematic reviews and meta-analyses to assess the effect of interventions to improve the quality of life among cancer survivors. Her research is significant considering that breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among American women.  With advances in cancer detection and treatment, more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors are currently living in the U.S., and more than one-third of cancer survivors are experiencing some degree of side effects from cancer treatments that negatively impact their quality of life. Finally, Lee investigates health-related behaviors among cancer survivors using the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) database to identify at-risk populations and implications for further intervention and education.

Credentials

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology, University of Miami
  • MS, Master of Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Kentucky
  • RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (R 1042317)

Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

Research interests include the effect of cancer treatments on cancer outcomes and quality of life, the distribution and determinants (including obesity and comorbidity)  of cancer health disparities, and the association between diet and chronic diseases.

Areas of Specialty
  • Evaluation of cancer treatment using the patient-reported outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research approaches
  • Interrelationship among adjuvant radiotherapy, comorbidity, survival, and health-related quality of life among older women with breast cancer
  • Evaluation of healthy behaviors among cancer survivors utilizing the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) data
  • Evaluation of interventions in improving quality of life among cancer survivors

Research Grants

Health Sciences

Mediators of Disparity of Quality of Life in Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors

  • PI: Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee
  • Amount: $98,692 | Timeframe: 07/01/2023 - 06/01/2024
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: FL Breast Cancer Foundation
    Health Sciences

    Development of a Family-Centered Cooking Class for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • PI:
  • Co-PI: Keith Brazendale
  • Co-PI: Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee
  • Co-PI: Shawn Lawrence
  • Amount: $25,000 | Timeframe: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Healthy Weight Research Network
  • HSC 4501 : Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

  • HSC 4912 : Independent Directed Readings

  • HSC 4903H : Honor’s Directed Readings I

  • HSC 4970H : Honor’s Undergraduate Thesis

  • CHPS Students Earn Honors Undergraduate Thesis Scholarship

    Written By: David Janosik | December 12, 2022
    Three UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences students are recipients of the UCF Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) Scholarship. The Burnett Honors College partners with the academic colleges and regional...
  • CHPS Faculty Members Receive UCF TIP Award

    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | May 2, 2022
    Congratulations to Adam Wells and Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee for receiving the 2022 UCF Teaching Incentive Program award. This award is presented to UCF faculty members who demonstrate teaching productivity and...
  • Health Sciences Professor Receives Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award

    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | April 12, 2022
    Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, is a recipient of the 2022 American Association for Cancer Research AACR Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar...
  • Recipients of the 2022 Seed Funding Program Announced

    Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | March 10, 2022
    The program awarded a total of $1 million to 32 teams. This is the third year the program has been available to UCF faculty and researchers. UCF announced the recipients...
  • 2021 Founders’ Day Honorees

    Written By: ALLISON HURTADO ’12 | April 7, 2021
    The annual recognition celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students.
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