Yuna Seo - A Life Dedicated to Helping Others


Yuna Seo is originally from Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. Through taking care of her diabetic parent, she developed a passion for helping out those in need and improving their wellness. Interested in pursuing a career in medicine and serving others, she enlisted in the Army as a Combat medic for four years.

At Cornell, Yuna studied biology in CALS. She worked as a research assistant in Professor Edwin Kan’s lab, developing a sleeping disorder monitoring device, and supported the Genetic Diversity of Sa’amaka Rice Project in Specht Lab.

Our grant allowed Yuna to work towards her goal of becoming a physician. She spent the summer shadowing Dr. Krieger, Chief of the Sleep Neurology Division in the Department of Neurology and the Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Yuna used the grant to pay for housing in NYC and purchase MCAT preparation materials from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

In her free time, Yuna was involved with the Language Resource Center, the Global Tea Club, the Cornell Minds Matter policy team and was a drum player in Shimtah, a Korean Percussion Club. She also volunteered with Project Care Generation in the Ithaca community.

Yuna graduated magna cum laude in 2020. She is now researching HIV treatment principles as a postbac fellow with the National Institutes of Health's Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities program.