I was born and grew up in Daegu, a southeastern city in South Korea. I majored in physical therapy at Daegu Catholic University in South Korea. After two years of military service at the military hospital, I came to the United States in 2010. I studied biology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN and graduated in 2013. After that, I pursued a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During my Ph.D. training, I investigated the effects of a mind-body exercise on non-motor symptoms and inflammatory status in people with Parkinson's disease at Neuromuscular Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. At the same time, I also worked at Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS) in the same department. My research work at LARRS included pupillometry and cognition in people with Parkinson's disease, wearable sensor analysis via machine learning techniques, and virtual reality based balance assessment system development. I also worked at LARRS for a year as a postdoctoral researcher before I came to Ithaca College.
Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College. I teach neuroscience, pathology, and clinical physiology. My educational background and experience includes multiple disciplines such as physical thearpy, neuroscience, biology, and computer science. Therefore, my interdisciplinary research interest deeply involves virtual reality, machine learning, inflammation biomarkers, Parkinson's disease, and other neurological disorders.
I lived in Kansas for 7 years. I naturally became a huge fan of Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas Jayhawks. While I was living in Lawrence, KS and Kansas City, I was very fortunate to see Royals won the 2015 World Series and Chiefs won the Super Bowl LIV. My wife, Marie (Hyunjung), and I love hiking and wandering in nature. I also love road trips and have visited 44 states so far "by car".