About Me

I am currently working as a graduate research assistant (GRA) in the Robotics and Human Control Systems (RHCS) Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian, Assistant Professor in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. James Sweeney, School Head, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

In the RHCS Lab,  I am contributing to the development of implantable passive mechanisms as an alternative to the conventional suture tendon-transfer surgery for reconstructive hand surgery of people diagnosed with high median-ulnar nerve palsy or upper extremity related injuries. Specifically, I am investigating and modeling the neuromusculoskeletal biomechanics (i.e. the musculotendon contraction dynamics) associated with these implantable passive mechanisms and validate their performance in creating differential actuation between one muscle and multiple tendons.

This interdisciplinary research has enabled me to combine my chemistry, biology, and mathematics backgrounds with engineering to solve biomedical related problems in hopes of improving the quality of life.


You can call me Tony. My last name is pronounced l-ay and is spelled with ONLY ONE ‘e.’

Outside of academics, I try to stay active and enjoy hiking, camping, trail running, and mountain biking. I am a proud owner of a bicolored beagle named Lily pictured with me above.

I am a Vietnamese-American born to first-generation immigrants and raised in the Carolinas.

West coast, best coast.