Yiyu Wang, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Associate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Post-doctoral Scholar of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

About Me

Dr. Yiyu Wang is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Post-doctoral Scholar of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Yiyu Wang's research agenda centers around understanding neural mechanisms of how movements are learned and controlled. Specifically, Dr. Yiyu Wang's research implements the variety of non-invasive techniques (e.g., TMS, peripheral electrical stimulation, and hypoxia) to identify the neural correlates associated with learning motor sequence, adaptation to a novel environment, and bimanual coordination. Subsequently, adequate neural intervention to improve motor functions is studied based on the understanding of neural mechanisms underlying the movement control. 

At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Dr. Yiyu Wang's research primarily focuses on studying how to improve motor functions in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In particular, the research implements neuroimaging techniques, non-invasive intervention, and medications to renovate current approaches in rehabilitation to improve the ability to move and accomplish daily tasks for MS patients.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2018 - 2023
    Texas A&M University, PhD in Motor Neuroscience

Recent Publications

Memory consolidation of sequence learning and dynamic adaptation during wakefulness.
Wang Y, Huynh AT, Bao S, Buchanan JJ, Wright DL, Lei Y
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991)
pii: bhad507. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhad507
The effect of inherent and incidental constraints on bimanual and social coordination.
Wang Y, Neto OP, Davis MM, Kennedy DM
Experimental brain research
doi: 10.1007/s00221-021-06114-8
The influence of distal and proximal muscle activation on neural crosstalk.
Wang Y, Neto OP, Weinrich MM, Castro R, Wright T, Kennedy DM
PloS one
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275997
Accessing interpersonal and intrapersonal coordination dynamics.
Kovacs AJ, Wang Y, Kennedy DM
Experimental brain research
doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05676-y
The Interactions Between Primary Somatosensory and Motor Cortex during Human Grasping Behaviors.
Davis M, Wang Y, Bao S, Buchanan JJ, Wright DL, Lei Y
doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2021.11.039
The Influence of Altered-Gravity on Bimanual Coordination: Retention and Transfer.
Diaz-Artiles A, Wang Y, Davis MM, Abbott R, Keller N, Kennedy DM
Frontiers in physiology
doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.794705
The influence of accuracy constraints on bimanual and unimanual sequence learning.
Kennedy DM, Wang C, Wang Y, Shea CH
Neuroscience letters
doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2021.135812
Walking Pace and the Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia in Elderly Populations: A Meta-analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies.
Quan M, Xun P, Chen C, Wen J, Wang Y, Wang R, Chen P, He K
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences
doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw121
Modeling the effects of intervention strategies on COVID-19 transmission dynamics.
Kennedy DM, Zambrano GJ, Wang Y, Neto OP
Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104440
Mathematical model of COVID-19 intervention scenarios for São Paulo-Brazil.
Pinto Neto O, Kennedy DM, Reis JC, Wang Y, Brizzi ACB, Zambrano GJ, de Souza JM, Pedroso W, de Mello Pedreiro RC, de Matos Brizzi B, Abinader EO, Zângaro RA
Nature communications
doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20687-y

Single Motor Unit Laboratory

We record electrical activity from single motor units as well as muscle during voluntary and reflex contractions in patients with neurological disorders.

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