Laboratory of Integrative Motor Behaviour (LIMB)

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Lab Members


Stephen H. Scott portrait.Stephen H. Scott

Stephen H. Scott is a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University. He is also a member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and the CIHR Group in Sensory-Motor Systems. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Systems Designs Engineering for his undergraduate degree and a MASc with Dr. D.A. Winter. He then did a PhD with Dr. Gerry Loeb at Queen’s University in the Department of Physiology. After that he went to the Université de Montréal for his postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology with Dr. John Kalaska from 1993 to 1995. His first faculty position was as a chercheur adjoint in the Department of Physiology at Université de Montréal in 1995. He moved his lab to Queen's University in 1997.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Catherine Lowrey portrait.Catherine Lowrey, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher (2012 - present)

Catherine joined the lab in September of 2012. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Human Kinetics. She went on to complete her MSc in Biomechanics with Lori Vallis and her PhD in Neurophysiology with Leah Bent. Her doctoral work focused on cutaneous and muscle receptor contribution to proprioception. Her current focus is understanding how the coupling between voluntary arm movement and associated postural adjustments is impacted with brain injury.

Tomohiko Takei portrait.​Tomohiko Takei, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher (2014 - present)

Tomohiko joined the lab in January of 2014. He completed a BSc and MSc in human neurophysiology with Eiichi Naito and Michikazu Matsumura at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He went on to complete his PhD in neurophysiology with Kazuhiko Seki and Tadashi Isa at National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Aichi, Japan. His doctoral work focused on contribution of spinal interneurons to the control of primate hand movement. He moved to National Institute of Neuroscience, Tokyo, Japan and advanced his neurophysiological work as a staff scientist and a section chief. His current work focuses on understanding how sophisticated feedback control is implemented in the central nervous system.

PhD Candidates

Ethan Heming portrait.Ethan Heming, MSc

(2010 - present)

Ethan completed two undergraduate degrees in physics (BSc) and psychology (BA) from the University of Calgary, followed by a MSc in Neuroscience at the same institution. His primary interests are brain-machine interfaces, neural prosthetics, and understanding neural computation.

Kevin Cross portrait.Kevin Cross MSc

(2015 - present)

Kevin joined the lab in September 2016.  He completed a BSc at York University in Biophysics and came to Queen’s University to complete a MSc under Mel Robertson in Neuroscience.  His interests include computational neuroscience and neurophysiology.

Blank portrait.Leif Simmatis MSc

(2015 - present)

Leif joined the lab in December 2015.  He completed his BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and his MSc (Neuroscience) under the supervision of Dr. Albert Jin.  He presently works with both Dr. Jin and Dr. Scott to investigate clinical applications of the KINARM in different populations of patients with neurological disorders.

MSc Candidates

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Kayne Park

(2016 - present)

Kayne graduated from Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2014 and is now in the Master’s of Neuroscience program. His goal is to develop better diagnostic tools for individuals who are affected by stroke.

​     Spencer Early

     (2016 - present)



Project Students

  Bennett Blazevski

(2017 - present)

Bennett is currently a fourth year Life Sciences student at Queen's University and is specializing in neuroscience.  He is working with Dr. Scott to test a proprioceptive threshold task that could potentially be used as a diagnostic tool for stroke survivors.




Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Paul Cisek
  • Dr. Tyler Cluff left the lab in June 2016. His focus of his work was investigating the adaptation and task-dependent attributes of rapid feedback responses evoked by mechanical perturbation.
  • Dr. Frédéric Crevecoeur joined the lab in July 2010. He took a position at Université catholique de Louvain in August 2014.
  • Dr. Paul Gribble
  • Dr. Troy Herter left the lab in January 2012 to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at The University of South Carolina.
  • Dr. Carl Jackson joined the lab in September 2009. His focus was on computational neuronal network models of upper limb function.
  • Dr. Jae-Yoon Jung left the lab to take a position at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
  • Dr. Isaac Kurtzer is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Neuroscience and Histology at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Chantelle Murnaghan left the lab in December 2013. The focus of her work was investigating how neural activity from various areas of the brain is modulated following mechanical perturbations to the limb.

PhD Students

  • Dr. Teige Bourke finished his PhD in May 2016.
  • Dr. Mostafa Mostafavi finished his PhD in May 2016.
  • Dr. Joe Nashed finished his PhD in April 2014 and currently is a Post-doctoral Fellow in Dr. DJ Cooks lab.
  • Dr. Mohsen Omrani finished his PhD in June 2015.
  • Dr. Angela Coderre finished her PhD in March 2011.
  • Dr. Timothy Lillicrap is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at University of Oxford.
  • Dr. Kathrin Tyryshkin was a PhD student in the School of Computing under co-supervision of Janice Glasgow and Stephen Scott. She completed her PhD in September 2014.
  • Dr. Andrew Pruszynski left the lab in January 2011.
  • Dr. Kan Singh

MSc Students

  • Amr Abu-Zeid
  • Mariam Baig
  • Bill Cabel
  • Melanie Demmer
  • Baiju Devani
  • Kirsten Graham
  • Geoff King
  • Tereza Korbel
  • ​Jean-Luc Marnet
  • Stacey Rombough
  • Nolan Wilson

Past Staff

  • Peter Boyd was a laboratory software engineer. Peter was involved in designing and implementing experimental control and data acquisition software. He is currently working in Toronto.

  • Dr. Ian Brown works part-time as Manager of Biomedical Product Development and part-time as Vice-President of BKIN Technologies. Dr. Brown received his BASc in Engineering Physics here at Queen’s University, followed by a PhD in muscle physiology, also at Queen’s, and then a post-doctoral fellowship at Caltech in the field of cerebellar neurophysiology. Before leaving Los Angeles, Dr. Brown spent 1.5 years as a researcher at the A.E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Brown has been working on technology development since moving back to Canada in the spring of 2002. His work has focused primarily on the KINARM product line, including hardware, software and task development, and on managing the transfer of technology from lab to commercial enterprise.

  • Chris Grebeldinger was a laboratory software engineer from 2003 to 2005.

  • Jennifer Scott was a laboratory technician and now works for Dr. Cook and Dr. Levy at Queen's in the CNS.

  • Luke Harris was the lab Mechanical Technician. He graduated from Durham College technical school in 2001 and is a licensed machinist who. He is working closely with Dr. Ian Brown in hardware development at BKIN Technologies.

  • Jon Swaine was a computer programmer in the lab.

Past Summer Students/Project Students

Previous Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Daichi Nozaki is currently at the Research Institute of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities under a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.