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Eeeseung Byun PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

My recent program of research has focused on symptom management, specifically sleep disturbance, fatigue and impaired cognition, and underlying mechanisms of these symptoms in persons with chronic illness (stroke, HIV, heart failure). In particular, I have examined the role of genetic variations in cytokine, circadian and metabolic genes on sleep. I have clinical background in neuro critical care. My research and clinical experience to date have fueled my desire to contribute to the improvement of health, function and quality of life in persons with stroke as well as their family members. For my doctoral dissertation, I studied perceived and physiological stress in caregivers of older adults with stroke, and I was awarded the 2013 Marion R. Gregory Award for a distinguished completed doctoral dissertation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. I was also selected as a 2013 American Heart Association Martha N. Hill New Investigator Finalist. Currently, I am building a program of research on the role of inflammation and genetic variation in inflammation-associated genes on the development of symptoms in persons with stroke.



  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2015
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • BSN, Ewha Womans University, 2000

What classes do you teach?

  • NMETH 533: Appraisal and Translation of Evidence for Practice
  • NURS 539B: Management of Acute/Critical Illness and Injury

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

University of Washington School of Nursing is an ideal place for collaborative interdisciplinary research and education through which investigators and students in multiple fields can work together to improve care for persons with acute and chronic illnesses and their family caregivers.

Awards and Accolades

2019      Stroke Article of the Year Award, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke    Nursing, Stroke Council
2019      Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research Scholar Award, Rutgers University
2017      Institute of Translational Health Sciences Translational Research Scholar Award, University of Washington
2013      Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award Finalist, American Heart Association
2013      Marion R. Gregory Award for a Distinguished Completed Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
2013      Sigma Theta Tau International Xi Chapter Leadership Award for Demonstrating Exceptional Leadership
2013      Fellow, National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute
2011      Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Xi Chapter
2010      John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Predoctoral Scholar Award
2005      Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing



Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Research Areas

  • Symptom Science
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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