Trainees

Gabriel Benigno

Gabriel Benigno

Masters student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Gabriel is a master’s student of Ravi Menon. Ever since high school, he has been captivated by the use of physics and engineering to study the body–especially the brain. In his current project, he is exploring the source of the neural activity in the frontoparietal region of the brain during resting-state via a multi-modal approach (i.e., 7-Tesla BOLD fMRI, laser Doppler velocimetry, and electrophysiology simultaneously). Additionally, Gabriel is interested in imaging technologies. Gabriel’s hobbies include tennis, chess, and Netflix.
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.
Olivia Stanley

Olivia Stanley

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Olivia Stanley is a PhD student with Dr. Menon. She completed her BSc at the University of Waterloo in Physics and hails from Nova Scotia. Her research focuses on high resolution functional imaging of the human visual cortex in order to study local cortical connectivity. She hopes to successfully isolate occular dominance columns in order to study their resting state behaviour across layers.
Omer Oran

Omer Oran

Postdoctoral fellow

Biography: Dr. Omer Oran has received his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. During his M.Sc and Ph.D., he has worked on the development and application of low and high frequency methods for mapping electric tissue properties using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. His is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CFMM working under the supervision of Ravi Menon. His current research is on the applications and methods related to MRI parallel transmit systems, RF shimming and B1 mapping.
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ooran@uwo.ca

Alicia Cronin

Alicia Cronin

Masters student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Alicia is a master's 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.
Patrick McCunn

Patrick McCunn

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: I chose Robarts Research Institute, and specifically Dr. Bartha's lab, as it combines the opportunity to participate in innovative, leading-edge research while still focusing on applicability to the Medical Research Community. ​ Upon completion of my PhD, i hope to continue teaching in University and College Education with the goal to improve the overall quality of higher education in Canada.
Maryam Mazaffari

Maryam Mazaffari

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

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

Dickson Wong

MD, PhD Student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: As someone with an innate curiosity about the world around me, I have always taken an interest in a multitude of things, finding multidisciplinary learning and work to be both exciting and rewarding. In particular, I am interested in the intersection between medicine, engineering, and physics, an interdisciplinary interaction from which I believe innovative ways of advancing healthcare will arise. In the future, I want be a physician-scientist in a role where I am bridging disciplines and involved with the cutting edge of medical research.
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.
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.
Aidin  Arbabi

Aidin Arbabi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: I have been working under the supervision of Dr. Corey A. Baron as a postdoc at CFMM on OGSE diffusion MRI. My project involves pulse sequence development for OGSE diffusion encoding (7T Siemens, IDEA), in vivo human brain data acquisition and analysis.
David Schaeffer

David Schaeffer

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: David is currently a postdoctoral Fellow in Stefan Everling's lab. David's current area of research is Ultra-high field functional mapping of oculomotor networks in NHP. He recieved his PhD in neuroscience from the university of Georgia.
Dimuthu Henadeerage

Dimuthu Henadeerage

PhD student Medical BioPhysics

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

Nickolas Christidis

PhD student Neuroscience

Biography: I am a 1st year PhD candidate in Neuroscience 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
John  Demarco

John Demarco

Masters Student clinical anatomy

Biography: John is a Masters student in clinical anatomy. His current project is a post-mortem ultra-high field atlas for deep brain stimulation with histologicial correspondence.

Hossein  Rejali

Hossein Rejali

Masters Student Biomedical Engineering

Biography: Hossein is a MESc candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. In his undergraduate, Hossein became very interested in multi-modal imaging techniques used for diagnostics and surgical intervention. His current research involves working on a novel technique that will highlight malformations seen within the cortex of patients with epilepsy using high-resolution histology. Hossein is the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018).

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.
Alex Major

Alex Major

PhD student neuroscience

Biography: Alex Major is a PhD Candidate is Stefan everlings lab.

Justine Clery

Justine Clery

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Justine is a BrainsCAN postdoctoral Fellow in Stefan Evelings lab. Her current area of research is on Identification of the effective connectivity changes in cortical and subcortical networks during pro- and antisaccades using combination of fMRI and optogenetics/electrical microstimulation in NHPs. She received her PhD in neuroscience from Lyons, France.
Ramina Adam

Ramina Adam

PhD student NeuroScience

Biography: Ramina Adam is a PhD candidate with Dr. Everling. She completed her BSc  in Physiology & Psychology  at Western University. Her research focuses on high resolution resting-state functional imaging of the rhesus macaque brain following lesions to the prefrontal cortex and during subsequent functional recovery. She aims to identify functional brain connections and network properties that are related to the recovery of function. 
Liya Ma

Liya Ma

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Liya is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Stefan Everlings lab. Her research is focused on EEG.
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lma84@uwo.ca

Maryam Ghahremani

Maryam Ghahremani

Phd Neuroscience

Biography: Maryam Ghahremani is a PhD student with Dr. Stefan Everling. She completed her MSc in Brain and Bio Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. Her PhD research investigates the underlying mechanisms of saccadic eye movement circuitries in common marmoset monkeys using ultra high-field functional MRI and high-density electrophysiological recording techniques.
Megha Verma

Megha Verma

Masters Student NeuroScience

Biography: Megha Verma is an MSc student in Neuroscience co-supervised by Dr. Pruszynski and Dr. Menon. She completed her BSc in Anatomy and Physiology at Western University and comes from Brampton, ON. Her research focuses on exploring and optimizing anesthesia protocols for non-human primate brain imaging.
Yuki Hori

Yuki Hori

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: I am currently a Post Doctoral Fellow in Stefan Everliongs lab. My current research focuses on the marmoset structural and functional interactions using functional MRI.
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yhori@uwo.ca

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.
 Sudesna Chakraborty

Sudesna Chakraborty

PhD student NeuroScience

Biography: I am a PhD student in the Neuroscience graduate program. I received my BSc from University of Pittsburgh and MSc from the University of Texas at Dallas both in Neuroscience. My past research work has focused on memory and how it is effected by healthy aging as well as neurological diseases. Currently, I am working on quantitative MRI modelling of healthy ageing.
 Tristan Kuehn

Tristan Kuehn

MESc

Biography: I am a MESc student in the School of Biomedical Engineering. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Systems Design Engineering. At Waterloo I had the opportunity to work with medical image processing and 3D printing with novel materials for biomedical purposes. I am currently working on development of physical phantoms for validation of diffusion MRI protocols.
Mohamed  El Badawe

Mohamed El Badawe

Postdoctoral fellow

Biography: Mohamed El Badawe received his B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in the field of electrical engineering from the University of Tripoli, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and University of Waterloo, respectively. His research interest is biomedical engineering, RF and antenna engineering, microwave near-field sensors and metamaterials associated applications. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CFMM working under the supervision of Ravi Menon. His current research focuses on the RF coils for MRI; developing new transceivers, studying, the coupling and miniaturization techniques, and working on the RF engineering parts of these transceivers.
Eric  Kuindersma

Eric Kuindersma

Masters Student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: Eric Kuindersma is a Masters student with Dr. Menon. He completed his BSc at the University of Windsor in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience. His current research focuses on using electrophysiology and fMRI simultaneous recording on marmosets looking at local field potentials.
Naila Rahman

Naila Rahman

Masters Student Medical Biophysics

Biography: I got my undergraduate degree from Windsor in Medical BioPhysics. I am Currently with Western working on my Masters with Dr. Baron as my supervisor. My project I will be working on is to use microstructural MRI to better understand the biophysics of concussion.
Kevin Borsos

Kevin Borsos

Masters Student Medical BioPhysics

Biography: I am a Masters Student in Dr Barons lab. My project will involve the development of novel microstructural MRI strategies that can shed light on tissue changes that occur in disease.
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Paul Dubovan

Paul Dubovan

Masters Student Medical Biophysics

Biography: I am a Masters Student in Dr Barons lab. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor in Medical Physics, where I developed an interest in medical imaging and experimental research. My Project involves the development of real-time eddy current monitoring strategies to eliminate the artefacts they create in MRI.
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Esmin Unaran

Esmin Unaran

Masters Student NeuroScience

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Gabriel  Enrique Varela Mattatall

Gabriel Enrique Varela Mattatall

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: I have my PhD in BioMedical Engineering. I am currently A Postdoctoral fellow for Dr Menon at CFMM.