LIMB

Laboratory of Integrative Motor Behaviour (LIMB)

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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

Shoko Kasuga, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher (2018 - present)

Shoko joined the lab in March 2018. She graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BSc in Physical and Health Education. She went on to complete her MSc and PhD in Education with Daichi Nozaki. Her doctoral work focused on the credit assignment mechanism in human visuomotor learning. She moved to Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan and continued her research on visuomotor adaptation. Her current focus is understanding how multi-sensory integration is achieved in online motor control.

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.

 


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.

 

Blank portrait.Kayne Park

(2018 - 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.  He completed his mini-masters in August 2018.

 

Richard Moulton

(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.

 


MSc Candidates

​     Spencer Early

     (2016 - present)

 

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Project Students

Alec Langlois

(2018 - present)

Alec is performing an undergraduate research project analysing the learning effect in the Reach Out and Back (ROB) task, and the effect of increased age on learning and general task performance.

 

 

 


Collaborators


Alumni

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.
  • 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)

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 an adjuct professor at Google DeepMind.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

  • Sean Hickman was the Mechanical Technician supporting the CNS at Queen's University who left in 2018 to pursue a career in bicycles.  He is enjoying semi-retirement.

  • Jon Swaine was a computer programmer in the lab.

Past Summer Students/Project Students

  • Ben Blazevski (2017/2018)
  • Emily Aleksa
  • 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
  • Raul Kuchinad
  • Evan Kuo
  • Tony Kuo
  • Penny Letts
  • Jenny Li
  • Nicole Love
  • Jonathan Michaels
  • Mary Muir
  • Elishka Pek
  • Addison Rich
  • Brock Sirko
  • Vidya Sri
  • Sharon Wong
  • Helen Xu
  • Lu Yang
  • Alissa Brayley

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.