Trainees

Atena Akbari

Atena Akbari

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Atena is a postdoctoral fellow at professor Ravi Menon’s lab. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia, where she investigated the BOLD and VASO fMRI contrast mechanisms in human primary visual and motor cortices. Her research interest is studying the fine-scale brain structures of the human brain using high resolution fMRI techniques.
Mohammed  Albatany

Mohammed Albatany

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Dr. Mohammed Albatany has received his B.Sc, M.Sc from the University of Basrah and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Medical Biophysics, Western University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CFMM working under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bartha. His current researches are the development of MRI methods of imaging cancer and neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease and monitor respond of diseases to the treatment by using MRI.
Nico  Arezza

Nico Arezza

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Nico is a PhD student with Dr. Baron. He completed his MSc at Ryerson University where he investigated novel methods for detecting cancer cell death and monitoring treatment response using dynamic light scattering optical coherence tomography. His current work at Robarts focuses on the use of diffusion MRI to study neurological disorders.
Kevin Borsos

Kevin Borsos

Masters Student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Kevin is a Masters student in Dr. Barons lab. His project involves the development of Novel Microstructural MRI strategies that can shed light on tissue changes that occur in disease.
Dana Broberg

Dana Broberg

Masters Student

Biography: Dana is a MSc candidate in Medical Biophysics under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bartha. She completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Biophysics at Western University. Her current project is focused on determining the neural correlates of connected speech in neurodegenerative diseases using diffusion MRI.

 Sudesna Chakraborty

Sudesna Chakraborty

PhD student NeuroScience

Biography: Sudesna is a PhD student in the Neuroscience graduate program, being supervised by Dr. Ali Khan. She received her BSc from the University of Pittsburgh and his MSc from the University of Texas in Dallas both being in Neuroscience. Her past research was focused on memory and how it is effected by healthy aging as well as neurological diseases. Currently she is working on quantitative MRI modelling of healthy aging.
Justin Ching-Johnson

Justin Ching-Johnson

Masters Student

Biography: Justin is a Masters Student Co-Supervised by Robert Bartha and Geoffery Pickering. Justins Project involves Diffusion imaging and the Aorta.

Nickolas Christidis

Nickolas Christidis

PhD student Neuroscience

Biography: Nickolas is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience, supervised by Dr. Ali Khan, with a focus on identifying novel MRI markers to help localize the focus of epileptic seizures using ultra-high field (7T) MRI, my specific interests are the hippocampus in temporal lobe epilepsy and the piriform cortex.
Alicia Cronin

Alicia Cronin

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Alicia is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Robert Bartha. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological and Medical Physics with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Guelph. Her current project revolves around the development of a retrospective correction algorithm that will improve the line shape and spectral quality of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in the spinal cord. She is also working on characterizing cortical plasticity in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Paul Dubovan

Paul Dubovan

PhD Student Medical Biophysics

Biography: Paul is a PhD Student in Dr Barons lab. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor in Medical Physics, where he developed an interest in medical imaging and experimental research. His current project involves the development of real-time eddy current monitoring strategies to eliminate the artefacts they create in MRI.
Jack Elkas

Jack Elkas

Masters student

Biography: Jack is a MSc candidate in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bartha. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience, where he developed an interest in studying Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. His current project uses Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to look at the relationship between metabolic correlates in the motor cortex and gait performance in patients with mild cognitive impairment
Gabriel  Enrique Varela Mattatall

Gabriel Enrique Varela Mattatall

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Gabriel did his PhD in acquisition and reconstruction strategies from under-sampled data in diffusion MRI and now he is postdoc of professor Ravi Menon to apply these strategies for quantitative susceptibility mapping. He expects to combine both MR methods in order to increase the possible set of biomarkers to improve and delineate different neurological diseases.
Geetika Gupta

Geetika Gupta

Masters Student

Biography: Geetika is a MSc candidate in Neuroscience, co-supervised Dr. Ali Khan and Dr. Marieke Mur. She completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Western University. Her current project focuses on mapping the functional organization of the human frontoparietal cortex with fMRI.
Seyyed Mohammed Hassan Haddad

Seyyed Mohammed Hassan Haddad

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Dr. Haddad received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering-Communications from Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology) in 2002 and M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering-Communications from the University of Tehran in 2005. He has held a faculty position in the Department of Electrical Engineering in Shahabdaesh Institute of Higher Education until 2011. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 2016. Dr. Haddad is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM) at Robarts Research Institute, supervised by Dr. Robert Bartha.
Helma Heidari

Helma Heidari

Masters Student

Biography: Helma is a Master’s Candidate of Medical Biophysics Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bartha. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Radiology from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran and a Graduate degree in Health Management in Canada. She also has clinical work experience in Iran and Dubai with different imaging modalities. Her research interest is MRI and that is the reason she chose Dr. Bartha’s Lab and Robarts Research Institute. Her current research focuses on CEST (Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer) MRI and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dimuthu Hemachandra

Dimuthu Hemachandra



Biography: Dimuthu is a Ph.D. student in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UWO. He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and obtained his MSc. in Astrophysics from the University of Western Ontario. His current research project is focused on analyzing the structural connectivity of the brain using Diffusion MRI to find a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease.
Uzair Hussain

Uzair Hussain

Postdoctoral fellow

Biography: Uzair is a Post-doctoral Fellow in Ali Khans Lab. His current research focus is on computational diffusion MRI modelling and simulation for Quantifying cortical architecture.
Azadeh Jafari

Azadeh Jafari



Biography: Azadeh is a Ph.D. candidate in the neuroscience program at Western University. Her current work revolves around the vocalization of marmosets and their fMRI analysis being supervised by Dr. Everling. She received her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering-Electronics from K.N.Toosi University and completed her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology)."
Jason  Kai

Jason Kai

PhD Student Medical Biophysics

Biography: Jason Kai is a PhD student in Ali Khans lab. His focus in the lab is on the microstructure and shape-informed tractography parcellation using multi-parametric MRI.
Brad Karat

Brad Karat

Masters Student

Biography: Brad is a MSc student in the Neuroscience graduate program, Supervised by Dr. Ali Khan. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster University. His current research focuses on microstructural modelling of the Hippocampus in native and flattened space using diffusion MRI.

Sam Laxer

Sam Laxer

Masters Student

Biography: Sam is a MSc student working in Dr. Menon's lab. He completed his undergraduate degree in Life Physics from the University of Waterloo. His current project involves the simultaneous recording of awake-mouse neurochemical, electrophysiological and fMRI BOLD signals.
Loxlan Kasa

Loxlan Kasa

PhD Candidate

Biography: Loxlan’s research focuses on applying advanced MRI techniques to quantify brain microstructure in patients with neuropathological disorder and diseases. He is currently investigating the ability of a higher order tensor model called diffusion kurtosis imaging, aiming to better characterize brain tissue of temporal lobe epilepsy patients ultimately leading to accurate diagnosis and treatment.I am Supervised by Dr. Ali Khan.
Brett Liem

Brett Liem

Masters Student

Biography: Brett is a Masters student studying Medical Biophysics with Dr. Menon. He graduated from Acadia University with a BSc Honours Physics and Second Major Math.
Maryam Mazaffari

Maryam Mazaffari

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Maryam is a PhD candidate for Medical Biophysics, currently supervised by Rob Bartha. Her current project is optimizing pH measurement and modulation at the cellular level using a novel MRI contrast mechanism, called chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST).
Renil Mathew

Renil Mathew

PhD student

Biography: Renil is a neuroscience PhD student at Menon Lab. He completed his Physics undergrads from Loyola College, India. He did his master’s in physics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he worked at Doeller lab, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. His current research involves simultaneous EEG-fMRI recording on awake marmoset monkey.
Daniel Menezes Guimarães

Daniel Menezes Guimarães

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography: Dr. Daniel Menezes Guimarães is a Postdoctoral Associate at Robarts Research Institute, working with Dr. Prado and Dr. Bartha. Currently, he is working with a murine model of neurodegenerative disorder (microgliopathy) employing behavioral methods, immunohistochemistry, and diffusion imaging. At the Federal University of Rio the Janeiro, Brazil, he received both his B.Sc., in Biomedical Sciences, and Ph.D., in Basic-Clinical Neuroscience, while working with a model of social isolation. He has a great interest in cognitive and social dysfunctions, which are common symptoms in many neuropsychiatric disorders.
Geoffrey Ngo

Geoffrey Ngo

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Geoffrey is a PhD student working with Dr. Ravi Menon. He is currently working to better understand the pathology of multiple sclerosis and how it relates to cognitive impairment. Using a novel 7-Tesla MRI system, an array of advanced MRI techniques will be employed to study multiple sclerosis patients, such as resting-state fMRI, and diffusion tensor-imaging. The combination of these imaging techniques will hopefully bridge the gap to our current understanding of multiple sclerosis.
Sara Pac

Sara Pac

Masters Student

Biography: Sara is a MSc candidate in the Neuroscience graduate program and co-supervised by Dr. Ali Khan and Dr. Emma Duerden. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Western University. Her current research project involves developing a probabilistic atlas of the human amygdala nuclei using ultra-high field MRI.
Naila Rahman

Naila Rahman

PhD Student Medical Biophysics

Biography: Naila received her undergraduate degree from Windsor in Medical BioPhysics. She is currently with Western University working on her PhD with Dr. Baron as my supervisor. The project she is working on is using microstructural MRI to better understand the biophysics of concussion.
Tales Santini

Tales Santini

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Tales is a Postdoc working with Dr. Corey Baron in advanced diffusion and microstructural techniques for ultra-high field MRI. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh working on Electromagnetic simulations, 7T RF coil development, MR sequence optimization, and image processing. He also received his MSc and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo and has industry experience working on hardware and software development for medical electronic devices.
Janahan Selvanayagam

Janahan Selvanayagam

PhD Student

Biography: Janahan is a PhD student in Neuroscience in Dr. Stefan Everling's lab. He completed his BSc in Neuroscience at Brock University. His current research focus is investigating microcircuits in the frontal eye fields and the lateral intraparietal area using intracortical microstimulation, cortical cooling, pharmacology and high-density laminar electrophysiology in the common marmoset.
Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor



Biography: Mary is a MSc student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Supervised by Dr. Ali Khan. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brock University in Neuropsychology. Her work is focused on the use of functional and structural imaging to characterize and monitor network patterns in patients with focal epilepsy, as well as relating these patterns to cognitive performance.
Esmin Unaran

Esmin Unaran

PhD Student NeuroScience

Biography: Esmin Unaran is a PhD student supervised by Dr. Ravi Menon. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey. She investigates the resting state networks involved in Alzheimer's Disaese and learning dependent myelination in mouse brain.
Raymond Wong

Raymond Wong

PhD Student

Biography: Raymond is a PhD Student and a BrainsCAN Scholar in Dr. Stefan Everling’s lab. He completed his BSc in Neuroscience - Neurobiology at Brock University. His research focuses on investigating the frontal eye fields microcircuitry with high-density neural recordings, as well as working memory in the prefrontal cortex of awake behaving marmosets.