About Me

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

In the RHCS Lab,  I am contributing to the development of implantable passive mechanisms (IPMs) for functionalizing tendon transfer attachments in reconstructive hand surgery of patients diagnosed with high median-ulnar nerve palsy or upper extremity related injuries. Specifically, I am investigating the orthopaedic biomechanics associated with these implantable passive mechanisms and validating their performance in creating differential actuation between one muscle and multiple tendons in vivo via intramuscular functional electrical stimulation (FES). My work aims to establish a better understanding of the clinical and functional outcomes of tendon transfer surgeries and other innovative surgical interventions (e.g., IPMs).

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.

Keywords: orthopaedic biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, functional electrical stimulation, muscle physiology, musculotendon mechanics, tendon transfer surgery, joint kinematics, fingertip force, electrode design, biomedical implants, biomechanical simulation/modeling


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, rock climbing, 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.