Claudio Luis Ferre, PhD
Principal Investigator

Claudio Ferre, PhD, is the director of the DEMR Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University and the BU Neurophotonics Center. He received his B.S. in Psychology from DePaul University, M.A. in Developmental Psychology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Columbia University. Prior to joining BU, he completed his postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuroscience at the Burke Neurological Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Ferre’s research focuses on the importance of sensorimotor experiences for development of manual skills and the role of activity in adaptation to developmental brain injury.

When Dr. Ferre is not doing science, he loves to spend his time biking over bridges, making homemade pasta, dancing salsa and tango, playing fútbol, and supporting La Celeste.

We are currently recruiting students to join the DEMR lab! Please contact for more information or visit PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences to learn about our interdisciplinary program. 

HyunJoon Kim, MA
PhD Student

HyunJoon Kim lying in the snow

HyunJoon Kim is an incoming Ph.D. student in Rehabilitation Science at Boston University. He received his B.S in Sports Science and M.A in Human Movement Science from Incheon National University. During his master’s program, HyunJoon focused on meta-analyses, bimanual force control in individuals with neurological impairments (i.e., aging, stroke, and substance use disorder), and non-invasive brain stimulation.

His current goals are to develop activity-based rehabilitation protocols and to explore optimal brain stimulation protocols to improve the quality of life in children with neurological disease. In his extra time, he enjoys football, swimming, working out at the gym, going to famous restaurants, and reading books at cafés. 

Xiwen Su, MS
PhD Student

Xiwen Su at Anfield

Xiwen Su received her MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and BS in Biological Sciences from Beijing Normal University. She will join the DEMR Lab as a PhD student in the Fall 2021. Her previous research focused on physical activity and health promotion in children and college students using emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality and active video games. In her free time, she likes to practice guitar, write stories and watch soccer games. 


Olivia Frey, OT/s
Graduate Research Assistant

Olivia Frey is a rising second year Occupational Therapy Doctorate candidate at Boston University’s Sargent College. She graduated from Colorado College with a pre-medicine focus and a BA in Organismal Biology and Ecology and Biochemistry. During her undergraduate experience, Olivia conducted research on mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance in Colorado’s high alpine forests and the long-term impacts of insecticide resistant on A. aegypti populations. Olivia currently works as a personal trainer and enjoys spending her time outdoors.


Manuel Sobol
Undergraduate Research Assistant

manuel by the harbor

Manuel Sobol is a senior in the mechanical engineering program. He has a primary interest in product design, manufacturing, and robotics in relation to rehabilitation and sensorimotor experimental applications. Manuel was a recipient of a BU Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) award for the DEMR Lab. For this project, he designed a vibrotactile stimulation device that can be paired with brain activity measurements. Currently, he is working on a fMRI-compatible wrist robot and a sliding robotic target for modeling of reaching movements in infants at-risk for cerebral palsy. When Manuel is not studying or tinkering, he loves spending time with friends and family, working out, playing basketball, reading, and cooking.