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Tumay Tunur

Tumay Tunur

Assistant Professor

Office: University Hall 328

Tumay Tunur

Dr. Tumay Tunur joined the faculty at CSUSM as an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology in 2017.

At CSUSM, Dr. Tunur teaches numerous undergraduate level courses in Kinesiology, in addition to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research.

Dr. Tunur’s 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. 

To learn more about Dr. Tunur’s background and research, please visit her website. 



  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Exercise Science, Syracuse University, NY | 2015-2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Biology (Neuroscience), Syracuse University, NY | 2012-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychology (Neuroscience), University of Illinois, IL | 2011-2012
  • Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology (Neuroscience), Tulane University, LA | 2006-2011
  • B.S. - Biology, Turkey | 2001-2006


 Augmented Human Performance Lab

  • Projects:
    • Attitudes of fall-prone older adults toward augmented and virtual reality-based applications
    • Walking on Virtualizer – a locomotion platform for virtual reality
    • Virtual reality-based dual-task training in older adults
    • Moving through Glass: Augmented reality-based dance intervention for persons with Parkinson's disease


Publications in Refereed Journals

Tunur T., Rickford K., and Columna C. (2017) Moving Through Possibilities: Using Dance for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. PALAESTRA, 31: 15-20

Kundu P., Tunur T., Korol DL., Bandara S., Monaikul S., Helferich WG., Schantz SL. (2016). The Effects of Estrogenic Components of Licorice Root on Cognition. Planta Medica, 82:05.

Tunur T., Stelly CE., Schrader LA. (2013). KChIP3/DREAM/Calsenilin modulates strategy    selection and estradiol-dependent learning and memory. Learning and Memory, 20:686-694.

Tunur T., Dohanich G., Schrader LA. (2010).  Pre-exposure to context affects learning strategy selection in mice. Learning and Memory, 17:328-31.

Alexander JC., Bridgeman CM., Tunur T., Rands V., Stelly CE., Karhson D., Bowlby, MR., An WF., Sweatt JD., Schrader LA. (2009).  The Role of KChIP3 in contextual fear conditioning. Learning and Memory, 16:167-177.

Bridgeman C.M., Springer S., Maxson M., Tunur T., Schrader LA. (2008).  The role of Kchannels in synaptic plasticity.  Cell Science Reviews.


Manuscripts in Preparation

Tunur T., and Columna C. Augmented Reality-Based Dance Application on Mobility and Balance of Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study (submitted)

DeBlois A., Yates L., Levental D., Columna C., Tunur T. Feasibility of Augmented Reality-Based Dance Intervention for People with Parkinson's Disease: Moving Through Glass Application



Selected Presentations

APTA, poster presentation, New Orleans, LA, “Cognitive load and usage of wearable technology for dance in persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A pilot study” | 2018.

APTA, poster presentation, New Orleans, LA, “Feasibility of Augmented-reality Glasses for Guided Dance in People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD): A Pilot Study” | 2018.

46th NAPEC, Sacramento, CA, speaker, “Augmented Reality-based Dance Intervention for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease” | 2017.

Living an Active Life with Parkinson’s Disease Conference, Syracuse, NY, oral presentation and demo class, “Moving Through Possibilities: Parkinson’s Dance” | 2016.

Orange Circle Award Presentation, Syracuse, NY, demo class, “Moving Through Possibilities: Parkinson’s Dance” | 2016.

Tolley Medal Award Presentation, oral presentation, New York City, NY, “Moving Through Possibilities: Parkinson’s Dance” | 2016.

Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program Annual Conference, Hamilton, NY, panel session, “Making the Most Out of Your Postdoc Experience” | 2016.

Parkinson’s Conference, Cicero, NY, oral presentation, “Moving Through Possibilities: Parkinson’s Dance” | 2015.

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Chicago, IL, poster presentation, P614.05 “The effects of the botanical estrogen isoliquiritigenin on cognition in young adult female rats” | 2015.

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Meeting, Pacific Grove, CA, poster presentation, “Opposing effects of estrogens on two different pattern separation tasks” | 2015.

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Washington, DC, poster presentation, P749.05 “A tale of two memory systems: Differential involvement in two pattern separation tasks” | 2014.

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, New Orleans, LA, poster presentation, P92.08 “Nuances of pattern separation determine modulation by estradiol” | 2012.

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, poster presentation, P1.65 “Effects of ovarian hormones on pattern separation in female rats” | 2012.

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Meeting, Queretaro, Mexico, poster presentation, P1.14 “Ovarian hormones and KChIP3 in learning strategies and synaptic plasticity” | 2011.

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 35th Annual Winter Conference, Park City, Utah, data blitz presentation, “Role of KChIP3 in pattern separation” | 2011.

Tulane Research Days, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, poster presentation |2011.    

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 34th Annual Winter Conference, Park City, Utah, data blitz presentation, “Role of KChIP3 in learning strategy selection in male and female mice” | 2011.                           

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Meeting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, poster presentation, P2.28 “Interaction of KChIP3 and estrogen in hippocampal-dependent memory” | 2009.

Neuroscience Retreat, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, poster presentation, “Shifts in strategy selection in water plus-maze across estrous cycle in female mice” | 2009.





  • KINE 202 - Intro to Kinesiology
  • KINE 301 - Motor Control and Learning
  • KINE 311 - Movement Pedagogy


View my Curriculum Vitae.

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Professional Service

Sponsored Sessions Chair: INFORMS Annual Meeting 2009, San Diego.

Journal Referee

  • Operations Research
  • Transportation Science
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Naval Research Logistics
  • European Journal of Operations Research
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • Annals of Operations Research
  • Omega
  • Computers and Operations Research
  • Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms
  • INFOR: Information Systems and Operations Research
  • International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making

Journal Editorial Board

International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management 

International Journal of Applied Management Science 

 University - Level Committees

2012 – 2013 Professional Leave Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 CoBA Dean Search Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 Academic Policy Committee (Chair)

2011 - 2012 Academic Senate¿s Executive Committee (Member)

2011 - 2012 Academic Senate (Member)

2010 - 2011 Academic Policy Committee (Chair)

2010 - 2011 Academic Senate's Executive Committee (Member)

2010 - 2011 Academic Senate (Member)

2007 - 2009 University Curriculum Committee (CoBA rep)

2006 - 2007 University Curriculum Committee (At Large)

2005 - 2006 Academic Senate (CoBA rep) 

College - Level Committees

2011 - 2012 MBA Committee (Chair)

2011 - 2012 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2010 - 2011 MBA Committee (Chair)

2010 - 2011 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2009 - Present Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board (Member)

2010 - 2011 Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board (Co-Chair)

2009 - 2010 MBA Committee (Department rep)

2008 - 2009 MBA Committee (Chair)

2008 - 2009 CoBA Leadership Group (Member)

2007 - 2009 R&D Committee (Department rep)

2002 - 2005 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Department rep)

2003 - 2006 Senior Experience Advisory Board (Member)

Department - Level Committees

2012 – 2014 Global Supply Chain Management Program Advisory Board (Co-Chair)

2012 – 2014 Faculty Advisor of Global Supply Chain Management Club 

2009 - Present Global Supply Chain Management Program  Advisory Board (Member)

2005 - 2006 OM Recruitment Committee (Member)

2004 - Present Course Coordinator of Operations Management