OUR TEAM

DR. AIMEE NELSON

Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) - Sensorimotor Control

I received my PhD from the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2003 in the field of human neurophysiology and neuroimaging with funding from NSERC. I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the McGovern Center for Brain, MIT from 2003-2005, where I advanced the technique of high-field (9.4T) monkey imaging. In 2005, I became a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the Toronto Western Research Institute where I continued to advance my neurophysiology and imaging techniques with studies in individuals with movement disorders. In 2008, I joined the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo as Assistant Professor. I came to the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2012 as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor control, and in 2014 became Associate Professor. I am a member of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association, the Canadian Association of Neuroscience and the Society for Neuroscience. I am also an Associate Member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University and Associate Member of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.

CLAUDIA TURCO

PhD Candidate

Research Interests: My interests are in studying the neuronal circuits in the brain involved in sensorimotor integration. The focus of my research is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie long-latency afferent inhibition (LAI) using a combination of neurophysiology techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and EEG.

STEVIE FOGLIA

PhD Candidate

Research Interests: My interests are focused on neurorehabilitation techniques for clinical populations that have a loss of motor function. Specifically, my work focuses on developing and implementing an electroencephalography brain machine interface (EEG-BMI) for the detection of movement related cortical potentials (MRCP) that are associated with movement intention. Nerve stimulation can be timed to these potentials to deliver an afferent volley that temporally coincides with the maximum response in the motor cortex. Using this technique, I hope to better understand its impact on inducing associative plasticity in clinical populations that may lead to improvements in motor function.

STEPHEN TOEPP

PhD Candidate

Research Interests: Muscle fiber groupings are lost and reorganized during the aging process in humans. This is an important characteristic of muscle aging, having a large impact on muscle mass and function in very old age (i.e. >60 years). Related changes in coordination and strength may contribute to a loss of movement control stability that could lead to falls. I use high-density electromyography and other electrophysiology techniques to better understand the consequences of these changes and how they progress with age.    

PATRICK DANS

MSc Candidate

Research Interests: I am interested in studying the neural differences between simple and complex lower limb movements. I use fNIRS to measure hemodynamic responses associated with different movements. This may be important for determining the utility of fNIRS in detecting motor-related changes in brain activation.

JACOB PICKERSGILL

MSc Candidate

RAVJOT REHSI

MSc Candidate

KARISHMA RAMDEO

MSc Candidate

Current undergraduate thesis students: Alyssa Adamo, Emma Thomson, Alexander Parkin

FORMER STUDENTS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Michael Asmussen (PhD.)
Aaron Z. Bailey (MSc.)
Jenin El-Sayes (MSc)
Hunter Fassett (MSc.)
Diana Harasym (MEng.)
Mark Jacobs (MSc.)

Christina Jones (MSc.)
Kevin GH Lee (MSc.)
Mitchell Locke (MSc.)
Tanner Mackenzie (MSc.)
Peter Mi (MSc.)
Azra Premji (MSc.)

Navjot Rai (MSc.)
Mitchell Savoie (MSc.)
Nicholas Simard (MEng.)
Philemon Tsang (MSc.)
Christopher Zapallow (MSc.)  
Angela Ziluk (MSc.

UNDERGRADUATE THESIS STUDENTS

Christelle Ah Sen
Raisa Ahmed
Prabhav Gogna
Roshni Ravi
Oriana Kosyhk
Yohanan Levin

Ravjot Rehsi
Stephanie Berberian
Yichang Ge

Tarra D'hoine (NSERC USRA)