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Na Jin Seo

Na Jin Seo, PhD

Na Jin Seo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
Department of Health Professions
Department of Health Sciences and Research
151-B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B334


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

Research Interests

  • Hand rehabilitation post stroke
  • Rehabilitation technology development
  • Biomechanics, neuroimaging, and recovery mechanisms


Awards & Honors 

  • Innovation Award, Medical University of South Carolina, 2016
  • 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, UWM Graduate School/UWM Foundation, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, 2012
  • Distinguished 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

Current Grants

  • TheraBracelet: The First and Only Wearable to Instantly Improve Stroke Hand Function (Principal Investigator) 2017-2018 NIH-NICHD STTR R41
  • Sensory Stimulation to Enhance Hand Function Post Stroke (Principal Investigator) 2015-2017 NIH-NIGMS COBRE Pilot Project P20
  • Altering Activation Patterns in the Distal Upper Extremity After Stroke (Subaward PI / Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) 2014-2019 NIH-NICHD/NCMRR R01
  • Sensory Stimulation to Enhance Hand Functional Recovery Post Stroke (Principal Investigator) 2017 Delaware-CTR ACCEL U54 Mentored Research Development Award

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