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Na Jin Seo Ph.D.

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Rank
  • Associate Professor
College
  • College of Health Professions
Department
  • Health Professions
Academic Focus
  • Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Following Stroke
  • Rehabilitation Technology Development
  • Recovery Mechanisms
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Biography

Education

  • Postdoc Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago & Northwestern University (2009)
  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering,, University of Michigan (2007)
  • MSE Industrial Engineering, University of Michigan (2005)
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (2002)

 

Publications

 

Awards & Honors 

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine LaunchPad Finalist, 2019
  • MUSC Innovation Week Shark Tank Finalist, 2019
  • Scholar of the Year, MUSC College of Health Professions, 2018
  • I am a MUSC Innovator Award, 2018
  • Innovation Award, Medical University of South Carolina, 2016, 2017
  • Clinical Research Scholars, Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin, 2013-2015
  • Hugh Kelly Research Fellowship Award, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 2013
  • Millionaires’ Club, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Engineering and Applied Science, 2013
  • Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Awards, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, 2012
  • Switzer Distinguished Research Fellowship Award, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 2011
  • Judith Stitt Women Faculty Scholar Award, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Madison, WI, 2010
  • Employee Development Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010
  • Research Fellows Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, 2009
  • Research Fellow Award, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2008
  • 2nd place, Poster Presentation Competition, “How to open a jar”, University of Michigan, MI, 2006
  • Korea Science and Engineering Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • University of Michigan Graduate Fellowship, 2003-2008
  • General Electric (GE) Scholarship, 2001-2002
  • Winner, Pohang University of Science & Technology Research Competition, “Mechanical design of an automatic toothbrush for people without hands or people with upper limb paresis”, 2001
  • 2nd place, International Intelligent Robot Contest, “Development of an intelligent robot controlled by eye and facial movements”, 2000
  • Silver medal, South Korean National Invention Competition, “User-friendly one-size-fits-all battery socket”, 1998

 

Select Grants

  • VA Merit I01 Novel training environment to normalize altered finger force direction post stroke (Principal Investigator) 2019-2023
  • NIH/NIGMS P20 Neuroplasticity Associated with Extended Daily Use of a Sensorimotor Priming Vibration System to Improve Hand Function After Stroke (Project I Principal Investigator) 2019-2024
  • NIH/NICHD R01 Altering Activation Patterns in the Distal Upper Extremity After Stroke (Subaward PI, Primary: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) 2014-2019
  • NIH/NICHD R41S I-Corps at NIH (Principal Investigator) 2018
  • NIH/NICHD STTR R41 TheraBracelet: The First and Only Wearable to Instantly Improve Stroke Hand Function (Principal Investigator) 2017-2018
  • NIH/NIGMS U54 pilot project, Brain functional connectivity & sensory stimulation-enhanced therapy post stroke (Principal Investigator) 2018
  • NIH/NIGMS P20 pilot project, Sensory Stimulation to Enhance Hand Function Post Stroke (Principal Investigator) 2015-2017
  • PCORI Pipeline to Proposal, Partnership for physical rehabilitation post stroke (Principal Investigator) 2015-2016
  • CDC/NIOSH R21 Quantifying the Recovery Response and the Role of Hand Strength during Ladder Falls (Principal Investigator) 2012-2015
  • NIH/NICHD R24 pilot project, Development of a Low-Cost Computerized Clinical Assessment Tool for Movement Quality (Principal Investigator) 2014-2016
  • NIH/NICHD R24 pilot project, Improving Assistive Gloves for Stroke Survivors Using Dynamic Biomechanical Models and Optimization (Principal Investigator) 2012-2014
  • American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, Delays in Muscle Relaxation: A Novel Approach to Neuromechanism-based Stroke Rehabilitation (Principal Investigator) 2011-2016
  • DoE/NIDRR, Role of Sensation and Sensory Stimulation to Improve Hand Grip in Persons with Stroke (Principal Investigator) 2011-2013

     

    Invention

  • Wearable device for improving tactile sensitivity. US Patent No. US 10,071,015 (Issued 2018)
  • Copyrightable mobile application (2018)
  • Improvement on Calibration using Universal Amplitudes for Remote Sensory Noise. Provisional Patent Application 62/754,816 (2018)

     

    Teaching

  • OT 815 Evidence Based Practice I (2 credits) 
  • OT 667 Evidence Based Practice I (2 credits)
  • OT 561 Research and Scholarship Experience I (1 credit)
  • OT 562 Research and Scholarship Experience II (2 credits)
  • HRS 800 Translational Research (3 credits)
  • IND ENG 890 Neuromechanics (3 credits)
  • IND ENG 783 Advanced Ergonomics in Upper Extremity (3 credits)
  • IND ENG 467 Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering (3 credits)
  • IND ENG 360 Engineering Economics (3 credits)
  • BME 422 Mathematical Methods for Biomedical Engineers (3 credits)
  • IOE 333 Ergonomics lecture (3 credits)
  • IOE 334 Ergonomics laboratory (1 credit)

     

    Student Mentoring

  • Mentored 7 postdoctoral scholars, 7 PhD students (5 as primary, 2 as a committee member), 10 Masters thesis students (4 as primary)
  • SCTR TL1 Predoctoral Clinical & Translational Research Award, Amanda Vatinno (PhD student), 2019-2020 
  • NSF Travel Award, Amanda Vatinno (PhD student), Progress in Motor Control, Penn State University, PA, 2018
  • MUSC Research Day 2nd place in Basic/Clinical Category Clinical/Proefssional/Masters III, Hannah Cox (MS OT student) 2018; Innovation Award, Caroline Roark (MS OT student) 2017; Innovation Award, Ryan Downey (postdoctoral fellow) 2016; 1st place in Clinical-Professional-Masters Social/Behavioral Science, Sara Atkinson (MS OT student) 2015
  • World Congress of Biomechanics, Student Paper Competition Finalist, Marcella Kosmopoulos (undergrad student), 2014
  • American Society of Biomechanics Travel Award, Leah Enders (PhD student), 2013; Binal Motawar (PhD student), 2014
  • IEEE Larry Hause Student Poster Competition 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, Leah Enders, Daniel Lomo-Tettey, and Binal Moawar (PhD students), 2012; 3rd place, Kishor Lakshminarayanan (PhD student), 2014
  • Dean’s Fellowship, Kishor Lakshminarayanan (PhD student) 2013-2017
  • Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, Leah Enders (PhD student) 2013-2014
  • Postdoc grants, CDC/NIOSH, Pilwon Hur (postdoctoral fellow) 2011-2012; Greg Slota (postdoctoral fellow) 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, Pilwon Hur (postdoctoral fellow) 2012-2014
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, Leah Enders (PhD student) 2012-2013
  • American Society of Biomechanics Grant-in-Aid, Leah Enders (PhD student) 2012-2013; Binal Motawar (PhD student) 2013-2014
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship, American Heart Association, Alek Brandenburg & Jerome Scott (undergraduate) 2012

     

    University Service

  • MUSC IP Day Facilitator 2019
  • MUSC Faculty Senate 2018-current
  • MUSC Institutional Advancement Committee 2018-current
  • CHP Research Council 2015-current
  • CHP Nomination Committee 2017-2018
  • South Carolina Aging Research Day Invited Speaker & Poster Judge, Columbia SC 2017
  • CHP Work Life Balance Task Force 2016
  • CHP Scholarship Committee 2015-2016
  • MUSC Research Day Judge 2015-2016
  • AHEC Summer Careers Academy CHP Research Tour 2017-2018
  • Maralynne E. Mitcham Lectureship and Alumni Luncheon Adult CEU lecture 2017; CHP Research Tour 2017-2018

     

    Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Student Paper Competition, 2019 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • Editorial Board, Applied Ergonomics
  • Ad-hoc peer reviewer for 45+ journals including Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, Experimental Brain Research, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Ad-hoc grant reviewer for NIH, NSF, VA, New Zealand Ministry of Business
  • Education Committee, American Society of Neurorehabilitation
  • Technical Committee, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Guest speaker, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Support Group Meeting and Young Stroke Survivor Support Group Education Meeting