Yi-Ling (Irene) Kuo

PhD Student in Biokinesiology

(323) 442-1196



Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:


Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory, Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

Professional Interests
Yi-Ling (Irene) Kuo is a PhD candidate in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC under the guidance of Dr. Beth Fisher. She is interested in the neurophysiological basis of movement science. Her research focuses on 1) the methodology of using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to measure interhemispheric interaction; and 2) the interhemispheric interaction and its functional role in hand motor control among people with or without exceptional bimanual coordination. Currently she is investigating the relation between interhemispheric inhibition (IHI) and bimanual motor skill level in musicians, and whether this brain-behavior relationship is instrument-dependent.
  • Master of Science (MS), Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan 2013
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 2011

  • Certificate

  • Certificate of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Methods and Practice, University of Southern California 2014
Selected Publications

Journal Publication


  • B.E. Fisher, A.C. Southam, Y.L. Kuo, Y.Y. Lee,C.M. Powers. Evidence of Altered Corticomotor Excitability Following Target Activation of Gluteus Maximus Training In Healty Individuals. Neuroreport 2016;27(6):415-21.



  • Y.L. Kuo, G.M. Petzinger,B.E. Fisher. Motor Learning in Parkinson's Disease: the Impact of Context on Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Poster Presentation, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal, Canada, June 2016
  • Y.L. Kuo, B.E. Fisher. Quantifying Ipsilateral Silent Period in Electromyography to Measure Interhemispheric Inhibition. Poster Presentation, Society for the Neural Controlof Movement, Montego Bay, Jamaica, April 2016
  •  Y.L. Kuo, C.M. Powers, A.C. Southam, Y.Y. Lee, B.E. Fisher. Activation Training Alters Corticomotor Excitability of The Gluteus Maximus. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience and American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Chicago, USA, October 2015.
  • Y.L. Kuo, C.A. Martinez, T. Dubuc, C. J. Winstein, N. Schweighofer, K. Kulig, B.E. Fisher. Reliability of Ipsilateral Silent Period to Measure Interhemispheric Inhibition: Preliminary Results in Non-disabled Young Adults. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience and American Society of Neurorehabilitation, Washington DC, USA, November 2014.
  • Y.L. Kuo, R.Y. Wang, Y.R. Yang. Cortico-muscular Coherence during Sit-to-stand and Stand-to-sit Tasks among Healthy Subjects. Oral presentation, Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation, Manila, Philippines, November 2012. 


Grant Support

  • Study Coordinator and Research Assistant, Zumberge Interdisciplinary Small Grant: “The Relation between Interhemispheric Inhibition and Musician's Skill Level”, 2015 – 2016.
  • Research assistant, The Structural and Functional Connectome across Alzheimer's Disease Subtypes (NIH Grant U01 AG051218-01)