Jinsook Roh
Jinsook Roh
Assistant Professor
Email: jroh [at] uh.edu

Jinsook Roh joins the Cullen College as an assistant professor in the biomedical engineering department. Previously she served as an assistant professor of kinesiology at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She also serves as an adjunct professor for Northwestern University.

Her research focuses on the neural mechanisms of motor coordination in unimpaired and neurologically impaired individuals.

She completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on systems and computational neuroscience. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where she helped identify abnormalities in muscle coordination in stroke survivors with varying levels of motor impairment and addressed basic motor control topics.

She received the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2012) and several awards for excellence in research and fellowships from various institutes.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
B.S., Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea


Quantitative Physiology Lab (BIOE 3140)

Quantitative Physiology (BIOE 3340)

Awards and Honors: 

2014 Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, 3rd place in Postdoctoral Research Category, RIC
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association
2012 Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research, 1st place in Postdoctoral Research Category, RIC
2011-2012 Teaching Fellowship to facilitate the renovation of an introductory physiology course for undergraduates at Northwestern University, funded through HHMI
2011 Travel Scholarship, Neural Control of Movement
2010 Scholarship to attend Methods in Computational Neuroscience (course), Marine Biological Laboratory
2009 Fellowship, 3rd Annual BioNOW Training and Career Development Program, Biotechnology Institute
2002-2003 MIT Presidential Fellowship, MIT

Research Interests: 

Dr. Roh’s research is focused on the neural mechanisms of motor coordination in unimpaired and neurologically impaired individuals. Her research is funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Selected Publications: 

Roh J, Lee SW, Wilger KD (2018) Modular organization of force development under isometric conditions in the human arm. Journal of Motor Behavior. DOI: 10.1080/00222895.2017.1423020

Roh J, Rymer WZ, Beer RF (2015) Evidence for altered upper extremity muscle synergies in chronic stroke survivors with mild and moderate impairment. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00006

Overduin SA, d’Avella A, Roh J, Carmena JM, Bizzi E (2015) Cortical representation of time-varying muscle synergies in the primate brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(37): 12615-12624

Roh J, Rymer WZ, Perreault EJ, Yoo SB, Beer RF (2013) Alterations in upper limb synergy structure in chronic stroke survivors. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109: 768-781

Roh J, Rymer WZ, Beer RF (2012) Robustness of muscle synergies underlying three dimensional force generation at the hand in healthy humans. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107:2123-2142