Dr. Tumay Tunur joined the faculty at CSUSM this past fall and is currently teaching in the Kinesiology department.
In 2011, she completed her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Then, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by working in the biology and exercise science departments at Syracuse University.
At CSUSM, Tunur teaches numerous undergraduate level courses in kinesiology, movement pedagogy and control, and motor learning, in addition to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research.
Dr. Tunur’s own research interests include sustainable integration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems in motor and cognitive rehabilitation for the elderly population, with a special focus on people with Parkinson’s disease. As a professional dancer, she uses her expertise to teach both the youth and elderly people and through her community outreach work, Tunur also includes dance interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease.
“I was fortunate enough to combine my past research interests with my dance experience by leading the Moving Through Possibilities program, which aims to engage the community in movement and promote healthy aging. In 2016, I was honored to receive the prestigious Orange Circle Award for my program and the Tolley Award Fund for my research,” Tunur says.
To learn more about Dr. Tunur’s background and research, please visit her website.