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Yih-Kuen Jan

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Jan is Director and Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Lab in the Disability Resources and Educational Services. He is committed to developing rehabilitation technologies for the prevention and management of secondary conditions in people with impaired mobility. Dr. Jan is recognized for his research on soft tissue biomechanics and its role in the development of musculoskeletal injury, including pressure injury. Dr. Jan has extensively published his research work to improve the understanding of the effect of various pathophysiological conditions (spinal cord injury, aging, diabetes, physical inactivity) on musculoskeletal injury. His research has been supported by the NIH, NIDRR, PVA Foundation and Reeve Foundation. Dr. Jan serves as an associate editor on prestigious journals, including the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers in Physiology, and PLOS ONE, and is an editorial board member of the Assistive Technology and Journal of Tissue Viability.


Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Postdoc, University of of Pittsburgh
Rehabilitation Science and Technology, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Biomedical Engineering, MS, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
Physical Therapy, BS, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Highlighted Publications

Jan, Y.-K., Hou, X., He, X., Guo, C., Jain, S., & Bleakney, A. (2021). Using elastographic ultrasound to assess the effect of cupping size of cupping therapy on stiffness of triceps muscle. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(7), 694-699.

Wu, F. L., Zheng, Z., Ma, Y., Weng, K., Liao, F., & Jan, Y. K. (2020). Effects of cycle periods and pressure amplitudes of alternating pressure on sacral skin blood flow responses. Journal of Tissue Viability, 29(4), 264-268.

Jan, Y. K. (2020). The effects of local cooling rates on perfusion of sacral skin under externally applied pressure in people with spinal cord injury: an exploratory study. Spinal Cord, 58(4), 476-483.

Zhu, T., Wang, Y., Yang, J., Liao, F., Wang, S., & Jan, Y. K. (2020). Wavelet-based analysis of plantar skin blood flow response to different frequencies of local vibration. Physiological Measurement, 41(2), Article 025004.

Yang, T. D., & Jan, Y. K. (2020). Nonnegative matrix factorization for the identification of pressure ulcer risks from seating interface pressures in people with spinal cord injury. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 58(1), 227-237.

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Recent Publications

Chen, P., Yu, H., Lin, C.-F., Guo, J., Elliott, J., Bleakney, A., & Jan, Y.-K. (2024). Effect of adaptive sports on quality of life in individuals with disabilities who use wheelchairs: a mixed-methods systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-17. Advance online publication.

Pauly, S., Mo, P.-C., Elliott, J., Bleakney, A., Pappu, S., & Jan, Y.-K. (2024). Effects of alternating pressure patterns on sacral skin blood flow responses in people with spinal cord injury. International Wound Journal, 21(2), e14792.

Song, Z., Zhang, X., Xu, X., Dong, J., Li, W., Jan, Y.-K., & Pu, F. (2024). The effects of immersion and visuo-tactile stimulation on motor imagery in stroke patients are related to the sense of ownership. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, PP. Advance online publication.

A Mohamed, A., A Abdalla, A., & Jan, Y.-K. (2023). Role of Enhancing Aerobic Capacity in Countering COVID-19-induced Liver Injury in Elderlies. Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders - Drug Targets. Advance online publication.

Haris, F., Jan, Y. K., Liau, B. Y., Hsieh, C. W., Shen, W. C., Tai, C. C., Shih, Y. H., & Lung, C. W. (2023). The effects of different inner pressures of air insoles and walking durations on peak plantar pressure. Medicine, 102(43), Article e35704.

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