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Dr. HK Lin


Dr. Hsueh-Kung (HK) Lin, Ph.D. was appointed as Young Living’s Chief Scientist in Feb 2022. He leads the strategy within the research and development team, building on the company’s goal to firmly establish Young Living as a leader in innovation, while pushing the boundaries of new scientific discoveries.

His connection with Gary Young; however began years back in 2007. 

Dr Lin met Gary then; and expanded his research topics to include essential oils and natural products and published scientific papers on frankincense. He and Gary became friends and worked, traveled, and participated in public speeches together in the United States and Asia. He became the chairman of the board for the Association for the International Research of Aromatic Science and Education (AIRASE) organized by Gary, and was appointed eventually as a scientific advisor for Young Living

Dr. Lin grew up in Taiwan and came to the United States in 1982. He attended Iowa State University where he earned bachelor’s degree in animal science. He earned a master’s degree in population genetics and Ph.D. in immunogenetics from Cornell University. In addition, Dr. Lin received postdoctoral training in molecular and cellular biology and pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was appointed as an instructor and research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Lin started his tenure track appointment and received a tenured professorship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, which he maintained until his retirement from the University in 2018.

Here's a list of essential oil research papers Dr Lin had published. Gary Young was an author in multiple of these papers except the first and last ones. Dr Lin’s interest and study has for a long time, been in frankincense essential oil’s impact on cancer.

In experimental models:

1. Frank, M. B., Yang, Q., Osban, J., Azzarello, J.T., Saban, M.R., Saban, R., Ashley, R.A., Welter, J.C., Fung, K.-M., and Lin, H.-K.:  

𝙁𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙞𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙪𝙢𝙤𝙧 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘 𝙘𝙮𝙩𝙤𝙩𝙤𝙭𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮.

Bladder cancer cells in cultures.

BMC Comple. Altern. Med. 9: 6, 2009.  PMID: 19296830

2. Suhail, M.M., Wu, W., Cao, A., Mondalek, F.G., Fung, K.-M., Shih, P.-T., Fang, Y.-T., Woolley, C., Young, G., and Lin, H.-K.: 

𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙖 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙪𝙢𝙤𝙧 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡-𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙥𝙩𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙪𝙢𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙜𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙨. 

Breast cancer cells in cultures.

BMC Comple. Altern. Med. 11: 129, 2011. PMID: 22171782

3. Woolley, C.L., Suhail, M.M., Smith, B.L., Boren, K.E., Taylor, L.C., Schreuder, M.F., Chai, J.K.,Casabianca, H., Haq, S., Lin, H.-K., Al-Shahri, A.A., Al-Hatmi, S., Young, D.G.: 

𝘾𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙖 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙞 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝙜𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙝𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙝𝙮-𝙢𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙮.

Comparison of chemical profiles between Hydro-distillates from different species of Boswellia (frankincense).

J. Chromatogr. A 1261, 158-163, 2012. PMID: 22835693

4. Ni, X., Suhail, M.M., Yang, Q., Cao, A., Fung, K.-M., Postier, R.G., Woolley, C., Young, G., Zhang, J.,and Lin, H.-K.: 

𝙁𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙝𝙮𝙙𝙧𝙤-𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙖 𝙜𝙪𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙭𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙩 𝙢𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙡.

Pancreatic cancer cells in cultures and a xenograft mouse model.

BMC Comple.

Altern. Med. 12, 253, 2012. PMID: 23237355

5. Dozmorov, M.G., Yang, Q., Wu, W., Wren, J., Suhail, M.M., Woolley, C.L., Young, D.G., Fung, K.-M., and Lin, H.-K.:  

𝘿𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙮𝙩𝙤𝙩𝙤𝙭𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮: 𝘼 𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙘𝙝.

Comparison of molecular responses between frankincense and sandalwood using microarray and bioinformatics.

Chin. Med. 9, 18, 2014. PMID: 25006348 

Reports of two human cases:

6. Fung, K.-M., Suhail, M.M., McClendon, B., Woolley, C.L., Young, D.G., and Lin, H.-K.: 

𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙖 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣 𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 (𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙖) 𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙞𝙡

Skin cancer, a case report.

A case study. OA

Altern. Med. 1, 14, 2013

7. Xia, D., Lou, W., Fung, K.-M., Woolley, C.L., Suhail, M.M., and Lin, H.-K.: 

𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙤-𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙤𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙖 𝙜𝙪𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙮𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙖: 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖


Bladder cancer, a case report.

Integr. Cancer Ther. 16, 605-611, 2017,

PMID: 27531547

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