Grace Hoo

Senior Project Coordinator for the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab

My Lab

Affiliated Lab

Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

At the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory, the goal of our research is to develop improved intervention strategies for gait rehabilitation. Led by P.I. Dr. Jose Pons PhD.

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About Me

Grace Hoo is interested in the study of alternative strategies to reduce tremor, e.g., in individuals with essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease. She is exploring how sensory stimulation can be exploited to modulate tremor amplitude. She also has an interest in the durable medical equipment ordering workflow and investigating ways to streamline the process, in particular for ordering complex wheelchairs.

Grace earned her biomedical engineering degree in Bioengineering from the University of Chicago, 2013, and earned her Masters in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, 2022. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab, led by Dr. José L. Pons, of the Legs + Walking Lab at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

355 E. Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2020 - 2022
    M.S., Applied Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    2009 - 2013
    B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Recent Publications

Peripheral electrical stimulation to reduce pathological tremor: a review.
Pascual-Valdunciel A, Hoo GW, Avrillon S, Barroso FO, Goldman JG, Hernandez-Pavon JC, Pons JL
Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
doi: 10.1186/s12984-021-00811-9

Research Interests

  • Sensory-specific peripheral stimulation for tremor management
  • Human-like robotic controllers for enhanced motor learning
  • Real-time neuromuscular control of exoskeletons
  • Wheelchair Seating and Durable Medical Equipment
    Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement Project: Standardization of Durable Medical Equipment Education and Complex Equipment Referrals for Clinicians Working in Inpatient Rehabiliation
    , 2018 - 2022


  • International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR)
    ICNR spans the clinical rehabilitation, applied neurophysiology, and biomedical engineering fields to facilitate researchers and innovators discussing novel approaches, challenges, and potential solutions in technologies. (, 2024
  • Summer School on Neurorehabilitation (SSNR)
    SSNR provides an annual in-depth education on advanced procedures for neurorehabilitation, practical applications, innovative neuroprosthetics systems, robotic interfaces, & other combinational approaches. (, 2022 - present
  • Fourier Intelligence
    Memorandum of Understanding partnership between Shirley Ryan AbilityLaba and Fourier Intelligence. (, 2020 - present
    Global Exo Technology Research, Benchmarking, and Standardization Center of Excellence coordinating world-wide efforts to promote and secure the broadest adoption of Exo Tech by Society. (, 2020 - present

Work History

  • 2020 - present
    Project Coordinator
    Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • 2018 - 2020
    Business Support Manager
    Wheelchair and Seating Center, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab