Gu Eon Kang, PhD
University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Gu Eon Kang is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas Department of Bioengineering and the principal investigator of the Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory. His lab investigates the link between changes in biomechanics (e.g., mobility, balance, falls) and neuromuscular disorders in order to improve human performance and prevent and detect future injury. Dr. Kang studied mechanical engineering at Korea University. He then completed M.S. (mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering) and Ph.D. (movement science) at the University of Michigan, where his work focused on the identification of novel metric to quantify the quality of ordinary movement such as movement smoothness and dynamic balance in healthy individuals and individuals with chronic mental illnesses. During his post-doc at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kang has worked on understanding the biomechanics in individuals with diabetic peripheral neuropathy and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and on developing and evaluating home-based, self-manageable interventions to improve balance and mobility. His research program at the University of Texas at Dallas is directed towards developing a comprehensive evaluation of balance and mobility in individuals with peripheral nervous system dysfunction due to diabetes and developing home-based therapies to reduce fall risks in individuals with peripheral nervous system dysfunction.