Andrew Blaber, PhD - Director
- PhD Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
- MSc Biophysics, University of Guelph
- BEd University of Western Ontario
- BSc Marine Biology, University of Guelph
- Email: ablaber (at) sfu (dot) ca
Malcom completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology in Exercise Science at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2015. His goal is to push the progression of human space exploration by researching the physiological challenges caused by long-duration space flight. Astronauts have major difficulties with maintaining blood pressure when they return from the International Space Station.
The objective of Malcom’s current research is to understand the reasons why astronauts lose the ability to control their blood pressure when standing, with the intention to apply the findings towards the development of interventions that will conserve an astronaut’s ability to control blood pressure when returning from space.
Mahan received her BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering, field of Biomechanics at the Azad University of Iran, Science and Research Branch. Being interested in working in a collaborative set of scientists, engineers, and medical doctors, she came to SFU in 2013 to start the program in Engineering Science towards her MASc degree. As a part of a team, she is working on an interdisciplinary project between the Aerospace Physiology Lab and the MENRVA research group to develop a novel smart-technology-assisted therapy to effectively assist with fluid volume control in the legs of humans with excessive swelling or standing hypotension.
Al-Haqq completed his BSc at the University of British Columbia with a Combined Major in Science (Mathematics, Life Science, Environmental Science) in 2014.
His interest in pursing scientific and clinical research led him to join the team at the Aerospace Physiology lab as a USRA position. Al-Haqq’s research focuses on investigating the effects of head injury, specifically concussions, on the relationship between cardiovascular and postural controls. The future goals of his research include better understanding patient symptom management and recovery, as well as providing insights into possible therapeutic approaches to concussion treatment.