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Current Graduate Students and their Research

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Labs

Aerospace Physiology Lab Students

Catherine Taylor
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Blaber

E-mail: cjtaylor@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-5694

"I have a passion for bioastronautics and assisting humanity to become a space-faring species. My ultimate goal is to assist astronaut crews in withstanding the physiological effects of space as they explore deeper into (and beyond) our solar system. My research will assess how confinement affects physiology during Terrestrial Space Analog missions."

Aging and Population Health Lab Students

Autism Research Centre, Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Institute Students

Evan Hutcheon
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Doesburg

E-mail: ehutcheo@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: n/a

"I'm interested in how hypoxia and hypocapnia affect attention and brain connectivity."

Amparo Viridiana Marquez
PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Doesburg & Dr. Sylvain Moreno

E-mail: amarquez@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: n/a

"I study social communication difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and its neural correlates. To do so, I implement neuroimaging modalities such as EEG and fMRI in correlation with behavioural assessments."

Cancer Genetics Lab Students

Sneha Ralli
PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Angela Brooks-Willson

E-mail: sralli@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: n/a

"My research focuses on finding susceptibility genes in families affected by lymphoid cancers. These cancers begin in infection-fighting cells and collectively are the 5th most common cancer in Canada. In families, lymphoid cancers are thought to be driven, in part, by mutations in genes. Recent genetic discoveries reveal that there might be multiple genes involved in causing these malignancies. I analyze the genomes of family members affected with lymphoid cancer to discover genes with mutations as they can help expand our knowledge of lymphoid cancers and empower the development of new interventions or avenues for prevention."

Cardiovascular Physiology Lab Students

Farhaan M. Khan
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon 

E-mail: farhaank@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-828-8560

"My research investigates the relationship between syncope, anxiety, and unexplained sudden cardiac arrests in the young. Syncope and anxiety are common in the young, and with 50% of paediatric sudden cardiac arrests occurring without an explanation, I explore the potential role of the autonomic nervous system in these occurrences. "

Matthew Dorton
PhD Student  

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon

E-mail: mdorton@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-8560

"I study the secondary consequences of spinal cord injury (sci) and their impact on the cardiovascular system. My research focuses on establishing and improving predictive indices for cardiovascular disease risk in individuals with sci and exploring the relationship of cardiovascular disease and other secondary consequences of sci"

Brooke Hockin
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon 

E-mail: brookeh@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-782-8560

"My research is investigating the autonomic control of blood pressure and cerebral blood flow regulation, specifically relating to recurrent fainting disorders. I’m interested in determining which factors increase an individual’s susceptibility to fainting spells and  exploring novel approaches that might improve the management of these debilitating disorders"

Allison Campbell
PhD Student

BPK GSA President

Supervisors: Dr. Victoria Claydon and Dr. Anita Cote

E-mail: allison_campbell_5@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 778-782-8560

"My work aims to add to the limited body of high quality research on female athletes and their performance in various hormonal milieus. I will do so by measuring the cardiovascular performance of athletes through development, in the different phases of the menstrual cycle, and with the use of hormonal contraceptives. "

Community Health Research Lab Students

Tope Daodu
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lear

E-mail: tbd2@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 604-806-8242

"My research interest focuses on the prevention and management of chronic diseases. I am currently investigating the advancement of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of keeping the current low number of COVID-19 cases and prevent the spread of the disease."

ImageTech Lab Students

Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab Students

Natalie Shishov
PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Robinovitch

E-mail: nshishov@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-6679

"I study the factors that separate injurious and non-injurious falls, particularly in older adults, with the overall goal of improving our understanding on the cause and prevention of fall-related injuries. Specifically, by analyzing video footage of real-life falls, my research explores how the nature and consequences of falls by older adults depend on environmental, situational and physiological factors."

Omid Vakili
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Rovinovitch

Lab-Phone: 778-782-6679

"I am pursuing research in the area of injury biomechanics in ice hockey. My research seeks to improve our understanding of the dynamics of head-to-shielding (or glass around the rink) impacts, and how head impact severity is affected by modifications to the effective stiffness and mass of the shielding. Ultimately, my findings can promote safer environments to protect the brain health of ice hockey players."

Olivia Aguiar
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Robinovitch

E-mail: oaguiar@sfu.ca

Lab Phone: 778-782-6679

"My research examines the characteristics and severity of head impacts in ice hockey. By improving our understanding of the nature, frequency and severity of head impacts, we can guide strategies to prevent traumatic brain injuries in high impact sports"

Laboratory of Exercise and Environmental Physiology Students

Clara Etter
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Mathew White

E-mail: cetter@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 778-782-6895

"My research focuses on the aetiology of cold injuries, primarily frostbite, and vulnerabilities to cold-related symptoms during arctic conditions in humans. The goal of the research is to investigate the role of biophysical factors, principally sex and morphology, situational factors, mainly clothing insulation, as well as qualitative factors, such as thermal perception on cooling physiology during arctic environmental conditions. The outcomes of the research largely apply to outdoor workers, including military and search and rescue groups operating in arctic and subarctic regions."

Locomotion Lab Students

Pawel Kudzia
PhD Student (ENSC)

Supervisor: Dr. Maxwell Donelan

E-mail: pkudzia@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-4986

"I am interested in understanding the neurocontrol and biomechanical determinants of fast agile locomotion. This research will have important applications in understanding human evolution, sport performance and the control of fast running robots. I love to run, bike, swim and immerse myself in nature, hobbies that dynamically inspire my academic exploration of the human body"

Pavreet Gill
MSc Student

BPK GSA Secretary/Treasurer

Supervisor: Dr. Maxwell Donelan

E-mail: pavreet_gill@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-782-4986

"My research aims to understand why energetic expenditure is elevated during walking in children with cerebral palsy. I use causal models and bayesian statistics to understand what factors (eg. motor control, kinematics) have the largest impact on their energetic expenditure and if their oxygen utilization is different from children with typical development."

Sayed Naseel Mohamed Thangal
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Maxwell Donelan

E-mail: mohamedt@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-4986

"I am interested in the neural control of locomotion, and use a computational modeling approach. My PhD research aims to quantify the scaling of response time in land mammals and test whether techniques from control theory could be used to compensate for slow response times. I am also interested in passive dynamic walking and its implications for adaptation in split belt treadmill paradigms."

Patrick Mayerhofer
PhD Candidate

BPK GSA Department Representative 

Supervisor: Dr. Max Donelan

E-mail: pmayerho@sfu.ca

"The central objective of my research is to provide sportsmen and women with real-time feedback and control over their goals by combining wearable sensing, machine learning algorithms, and control algorithms to maximize their athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury."

Meihui (Alice) Li
PhD Student

Supervisors: Dr. Chris Napier & Dr. Max Donelan

E-mail: meihui_li@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 604-589-2069

"My research interest is lower body sports injury prevention, especially ACL injury. By using wearable technology equipment, I devote to analyze the movement mechanism of the human body through biomechanical experiments and reducing the risk of non-contact ACL injury in female athletes during exercise. "

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group Students

Kevin Ye
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits

E-mail: kzye@sfu.ca

"My research uses induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) derived cardiomyocytes (CM) as a model for genetically inherited heart diseases, and to discover the mechanisms underlying them."

Tiffany Barszczewski
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits

E-mail: tiffany_barszczewski@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 604-875-3851

"I use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and fluorescence imaging to study inherited cardiomyopathies such as hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy (HCM, DCM) in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). My research interest lies within the sarcomere (the basic contractile unit of cardiac muscle cells) and how contractility is affected in disease.

Ekaterina Stogova
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits

E-mail: estogova@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 604-875-3851

"I use hiPSC-derived atrial cardiomyocytes to study molecular and electrophysiological changes associated with lone atrial fibrillation."

Alia Arslanova
MSc Student

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits 

E-mail: arslanov@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 604-875-3851

"My research focuses on investigating the mechanisms of the cardiac arrhythmia condition known as catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). This study utilizes a variety of techniques including CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, multielectrode arrays assay, optical mapping and patch clamping, and has a potential to contribute to disease modelling and personalized medicine in vitro using a hiPSC-CM model."

Neuromuscular Mechanics Lab Students

Quantitative Exercise Biology Lab Students

Eli Mizelman
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Dave Clarke

E-mail: eli_mizelman@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-4211

"My PhD research is in the area of sports analytics, and the development of mathematical and statistical models to quantify performance and physiological processes in professional athletes."

Taylor McColl
PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Dave Clarke

E-mail: tmccoll@sfu.ca

Lab phone: 778-782-4211

"My research is focused on developing models of the cellular signalling dynamics in skeletal muscle following nutrition and exercise intervention." 

Respiratory Rehabilitation Lab Students

Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab Students 

Milad Hafezi
PhD Student

BPK GSA TSSU Representative 

Supervisor: Dr. Dylan Cooke 

E-mail: mhafezi@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-782-5770

"I study the motor cortex using high resolution electrophysiological procedures and aim to determine the role of individual differences in brains in their resilience to injury or stroke. This can shed light on new rehabilitation and prevention methods that could be employed to improve recovery from stroke. "