Lab Members

Faculty

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

Hui Guang PhD

Postdoctoral researcher (2019 - present)

Hui joined the lab in August 2019. He graduated from the Tsinghua University and Dalian University of Technology with Ph.D and B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. His Ph.D work mainly focused on modeling of sensorimotor control, including the modeling of proprioceptive recognition with ANN, state estimation with Bayesian filtering, and spinal reflex of focal vibration. He also investigated the human manipulation of non-rigid objects when he was a visiting Ph.D student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently works on the neural substrates of sensorimotor control with non-human primates.

Andrea de Lima-Pardini, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher (2019)

Andrea joined the lab in April 2019 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has a BSc in Physiotherapy. During her MSc and PhD, she investigated the interaction of automatic and voluntary movements during the recovery of balance in healthy people. As part of her PhD, she investigated postural disorders of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients at Balance Disorders Laboratory (Portland, Oregon). In her first post-doc, she used fMRI and a custom-built force measurement device to assess the neural correlates of anticipatory postural disorders in PD patients. Her current research uses an animal model to investigate neuronal reorganization and motor impairments after focal brain cooling. Her main interests comprise the neural correlates of movement disorders and rehabilitation.


PhD Candidates

Faranak Akbarifar MSc

(2019 - present) Faranak is a PhD student at the School of Computing, Queen's University. She received her BSc in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and MSc in biomedical engineering from University of Tehran in 2007 and 2010, respectively. She has joined the lab in September 2019. Her research interests include biomedical data analysis, artificial intelligence in medical imaging and computer-assisted diagnosis.

 

Richard Moulton MSc

(2018 - present) Richard is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Karen Rudie and joined the lab in 2018. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a B.Sc. Honours Computer Science in 2010 and went on to complete a Master of Computer Science degree at the University of Ottawa in 2018. His research interests include online learning and control of discrete event systems with applications to motor control problems.

Blank portrait.Kayne Park

(2018 - present)

Kayne graduated from Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2014.  His goal is to develop better diagnostic tools for individuals who are affected by stroke.  He completed his mini-masters in August 2018.

 


MSc Candidates

Parsa Balalaie

Parsa joined the lab in September 2020. He completed his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran, and is now a M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience program. His research interests include Computational Neuroscience and Deep Learning and is currently working on online motor control.

 

Colleen Fleury

Colleen joined the lab in September 2020. She graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. in World Languages and a B.Cmp.H. with a specialization in Biomedical Computing. Her research interests lie in data modeling and computational neuroscience.

 

Jack Lott

Jack Lott joined the lab in September 2021. He completed his BHSc Honours degree at McMaster University and is now completing his MSc in Neuroscience under the co-supervision of Dr. DJ Cook. Jack’s research focuses on Kinarm-based assessment of neurological impairment in primary brain tumour patients.

 

Isabelle Mastantuono

Isabelle joined the lab in September 2021. She graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. in the Life Sciences Program with a specialization in biomedical sciences and is now a M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience program under the co-supervision of Dr. Moogeh Baharnoori. Her research interests include utilizing better diagnostic tools for individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis and analyzing treatment responses.

 

Lydia Reid

Lydia originally joined the lab in September 2019 for a fourth-year thesis project on how the Kinarm correlates with clinical measures of hand impairment following stroke. She has since completed her Honour’s Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Neuroscience and is continuing her research on the assessment of motor impairments following stroke.

 


Project Students

Chloe BusoChloé Buso

Chloé first joined the lab as a summer student in 2019. She has now returned to the lab for her fourth-year research project, where she is investigating patterns of joint motion (elbow and shoulder movement) during a planar visual-guided reaching task. Her objective is to compare differences in performance between healthy controls and individuals following stroke.

 

 

 

 

 


          Collaborators


          Alumni

          • 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. Kevin Cross was in the lab from 2015-2021.  His interests included computational neuroscience and neurophysiology.
          • 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. Shoko Kasuga left the lab in January 2021. Her current focus is on understanding how multi-sensory integration is achieved in online motor control.
          • 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.
          • Dr. Tomohiko Takei left the lab and 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. (2014-2018)

          • Dr. Teige Bourke finished his PhD in May 2016.
          • Dr. Angela Coderre finished her PhD in March 2011.
          • Dr. Ethan Heming finished his PhD in January 2019.
          • Dr. Timothy Lillicrap is currently an adjunct professor at Google DeepMind.
          • Dr. Mostafa Mostafavi finished his PhD in May 2016.
          • Dr. Joe Nashed finished his PhD in April 2014.
          • Dr. Mohsen Omrani finished his PhD in June 2015.
          • Dr. Andrew Pruszynski left the lab in January 2011.
          • Dr Leif Simmatis finished his PhD in August 2020.
          • Dr. Kan Singh
          • 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.

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

          • Simone Appaqaq was a laboratory technologist in the lab from May 2012 until August 2021.  She is a graduate of Veterinary Technology at St. Lawrence College (2011).

          • Peter Boyd was a laboratory software engineer. Peter was involved in designing and implementing experimental control and data acquisition software.

          • Dr. Ian Brown works part-time as Manager of Biomedical Product Development and part-time as Vice-President of Kinarm (BKIN Technologies Ltd.). Dr. Brown received his BSc 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

          • 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 Kinarm (BKIN Technologies Ltd.).

          • Justin Peterson, was a software developer in the lab from 2007-2017. He graduated from the Engineering Systems and Computing program at the University of Guelph in 2005.

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

          • Jon Swaine was a computer programmer in the lab.

          • Emily Aleksa
          • Ben Blazevski
          • Alissa Brayley
          • Chloé Buso
          • Mackenzie Bone
          • Sherwin Chan
          • Jake Crookall
          • Kris Croome
          • Brent Davis
          • Tom Depew
          • Steve Dorrepaal
          • Cheryl Dunham
          • Thomas Ferguson
          • Sarah Gregor
          • Kevin Gu
          • Michelle Hapuarachi
          • Kirk Haunts
          • Diana Hsiang
          • Benjamin Hu
          • Quynh Huynh
          • Ali Jahed
          • Hannah Julseth
          • Raul Kuchinad
          • Evan Kuo
          • Tony Kuo
          • Penny Letts
          • Alec Langlois
          • Jenny Li
          • Nicole Love
          • Jonathan Michaels
          • Mary Muir
          • Elishka Pek
          • Addison Rich
          • Sebastian Scott
          • Brock Sirko
          • Vidya Sri
          • Sharon Wong
          • Helen Xu
          • Lu Yang

          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.