Malcom Tremblay
PhD Student

Aerospace Physiology Lab

BPK GSA Secretary/Treasurer

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Blaber

E-mail: mtrembla@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-5694

"My research will determine how spaceflight affects cardiovascular and postural control. Long-term bed rest simulates spaceflight, and by having participants lie in bed for 2 months we can study changes seen in astronauts in zero-gravity"

Tim Ainge
MSc Student

Aging and Population Health Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Dawn Mackey

E-mail: tainge@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-5794

"My research examines the relationship between incremental changes in physical activity and the development of chronic health conditions among older Canadian adults, as well as their associated costs. By developing a method for optimizing the targeting and delivery of primary and secondary physical activity interventions to this population, I hope to create applied solutions that benefit both the Canadian health care system and its aging users"

Ashley Kwon
MSc Student

Aging and Population Health Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Dawn Mackey

E-mail: acollins@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-5794

"My research investigates the effects of a pre-dialysis exercise intervention on the physical performance, mental and emotional well-being, and quality of life of hemodialysis patients."

Nataliia Kozhemiako
PhD Student

Autism Research Centre, Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience institute

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Doesburg

E-mail: nkozhemi@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: n/a

"My studies aim to explore gender differences in brain activity within clinical child populations with neurodevelopmental disorders. The modalities I use in my studies are fMRI(functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and MEG (Magnetoencephalography)."

Amparo Viridiana Marquez
PhD Student

Autism Research Centre, Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience institute

Supervisor: Dr. Sam Doesburg & Dr. Sylvain Moreno

E-mail: amarquez@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: n/a

"I'm interested in the study of neuroplasticity and its implications in neurodevelopmental disorders."

Evan Hutcheon
PhD Student

Autism Research Centre, Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience institute

BPK GSA Department Representative

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."

Vera-Ellen Lucci
PhD Student

Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

BPK GSA President

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon 

E-mail: vlucci@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-8560

"I study the autonomic consequences of a spinal cord injury, and more specifically, its impact on the cardiovascular system. My research focuses on characterizing this cardiovascular dysfunction and developing interventions to mitigate associated conditions"

Natalie Heeney
MSc Student


Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

BPK GSA GSS Representative

Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Claydon 

E-mail: nheeney@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-782-8560

"My area of research is focused on blood pressure monitoring and syncope (fainting) management in the pediatric population."

Brooke Hockin
PhD Student

Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

BPK GSA GPC Representative

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"

Matthew Dorton
PhD Student  

Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

BPK GSA Vice President

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"

Emily Ross
PhD Student

Community Health Research Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lear

E-mail: esross@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 604-682-2344 ext.64874

"My research focuses on how information and communication technology can be used to help heart disease patients manage their condition. For my main project, I am investigating whether a text messaging program can help heart attack patients transfer back into their community after being discharged from the hospital"

Adeleke Fowokan
PhD Student

Community Health Research Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lear

E-mail: afowokan@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone:  

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Lukas Grajauskas
MSc Student

ImageTech Lab

 

Supervisor: Dr. Ryan D'Arcy

E-mail: lgrajaus@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 604-580-4926

"I'm interested in neuroimaging and neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, developing new techniques for the functional imaging of white matter using MRI, as well as using anatomical MRI to track and assess alzheimers and age-related neurodegeneration."

Betty Chinda
MSc Student

ImageTech Lab

 

Supervisor: Dr. Xiaowei Song

Email: bchinda@sfu.ca

"My research interests lies in meaningful patient engagement and using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to understand prevention and recovery of acquired brain injury especially stroke. Specifically, I examine using BOLD-fMRI and neurocognitive testing the cognitive benefits of carotid artery stenting for the treatment of carotid stenosis in stroke prevention."

Natalie Shishov
PhD Student
 

Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Robinovitch

E-mail: nshishov@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-6679

"I study the role of vision during falls. By integrating analysis of real life video footages of falls and laboratory experiments, my research explores how vision and the falling environment affect the nature and effectiveness of the landing responses used to avoid head impact."

Olivia Aguiar
MSc Student

Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab

BPK GSA GPC Representative

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"

 

Pawel Kudzia
PhD Student (ENSC)

Locomotion Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Maxwell Donelan

E-mail: pkudzia@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-4986

"In 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"

Patrick Mayerhofer
PhD Student

Locomotion Lab

 

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."

Sayed Naseel Mohamed Thangal
PhD Student

Locomotion Lab

BPK GSA TSSU Representative

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."

Surabhi Simha
PhD Student

Locomotion Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Maxwell Donelan

E-mail: ssimha@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-4986

"I'm broadly interested in the neuromechanical control of human movement. My projects in this lab involve building systems, developing models and conducting human experiments to understand the algorithms that govern how people adapt their walking gait to different environments. I focus specifically on algorithms where metabolic energy is the major objective in the cost function."

Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo
PhD Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Ruben

E-mail: mghovanl@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-6671

"The general aims of my research are to explore the biophysical properties of voltage-gated sodium channels. Sodium channels are key contributors to excitability in living organisms; hence, modulation of these channels through mutations and/or environmental triggers can often lead to serious neuromuscular disorders. Having an enriched understanding of the sodium channel electrophysiology may result in uncovering potential therapeutic targets"

Alison Li
PhD Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits

E-mail: @sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 778-782-4974

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Madeline Angus
MSc Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Ruben

E-mail: @sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-6671

 

 

 

 

 

Sanam Shafaat Talab
PhD Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group

Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits

E-mail: sshafaat@sfu.ca

Lab-phone: 778-782-4974

"I use human induced pluripotent stem cells-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) for modeling cardiac arrhythmia and drug screening."

Kevin Ye
MSc Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group

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."

Gabrielle Jensen
MSc Student

Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group, Poburko Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Damon Poburko 

E-mail: gabyj@sfu.ca

"I am broadly interested in the phenomenon of neurotransmitter co-release in sympathetic nerves and the subsequent modulation of vascular tone. My research focuses on characterizing the ATP transporter VNUT by identifying functional associations with synaptic vesicle proteins, synaptotagmin isoforms, and lysosomal membrane proteins. Improved understanding of the neuronal release of ATP has the potential to identify novel pharmacological targets for blood pressure management."

 

David Ryan
PhD Student

Neuromuscular Mechanics Lab

Supervisor: Dr. James Wakeling

E-mail: dsryan@sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-8445

"My research interests are in the form and function of muscle.
In the future I hope to apply my knowledge of muscle to study and design artificial muscle, exoskeletons, and robotics"

Stephanie Ross
PhD Student

Neuromuscular Mechanics Lab

Supervisor: Dr. James Wakeling

E-mail: @sfu.ca  

Lab-phone: 778-782-8445

Eli Mizelman
PhD Student

Quantitative Exercise Biology Lab

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."

 

Kyle Dumont
MSc Student

Quantitative Exercise Biology Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Dave Clarke

E-mail: kdumont@sfu.ca 

Lab-phone: 778-782-4211

"It is well known that an appropriate amount of exercise causes fitness-promoting adaptations throughout the body. My research focuses on the signaling dynamics underlying skeletal muscle cell adaptations to exercise. By using proteomic measurements and computer based modeling, I am able to qualitatively describe the structure and dynamics of the signaling network"

Taylor McColl
PhD Student

Quantitative Exercise Biology Lab

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." 

Thiago Gasperini Bassi
PhD Student  

Respiratory Rehabilitation Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Steve Reynolds

E-mail: thiagob@sfu.ca   

"I am pursuing studying in exploring the relationship between the Central Nervous System and the Lungs"

Amanda Bakkum
PhD Student  

Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab

BPK GSA Department Representative

Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Marigold

E-mail: abakkum@sfu.ca  

"My chosen field of research is sensorimotor control and learning. I investigate the factors that affect how the brain controls and adapts our movement to changes in sensory information to gain a better understanding of how the brain learns."