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.

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.    

JACOB PICKERSGILL

MSc Candidate

Research Interests: My research interests include using non-invasive techniques such as TMS and EEG-BMI to study neuroplasticity in humans. Currently, I am working on a study measuring modulations in afferent inhibition during training on a novel sensorimotor finger maze task. The significance of this topic is related to improving our understanding of the neurophysiological underpinnings of afferent inhibition and sensorimotor integration, and how they are influenced by sensorimotor skill training.  

RAVJOT REHSI

MSc Candidate

Research Interests: My interests lie in improving our current understanding of sensorimotor integration. Short-Latency (SAI) and Long-Latency (LAI)  Afferent Inhibition are two neuronal circuits involved in sensorimotor integration and are modulated in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. I am currently working on a project to enhance the circuits’ clinical utility by examining their relationship to the somatotopic representation of muscles within the motor cortex using a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and electroencephalography.

KARISHMA RAMDEO

MSc Candidate

Research Interest: My research interests include the use of various neuroimaging and non-invasive techniques to gain a better understanding of human neurophysiology and behavioral functioning. TMS, EEG, and the EEG-BCI are my core research interests. My current research focuses on attention modulation and its effects on short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and long-latency afferent inhibition (LAI). The aim is to improve our understanding of the attention modulation on afferent inhibition. In addition this will allows us to explore whether additional steps, aimed at attention modulation, should be taken to elicit reliable measures of SAI and LAI.

Current undergraduate thesis students: Tiffany Leung, Varun Jain, Faith Adams, Luka Mircetic, Maria Salman, Venice Cheng

Research Assistants: Kevin Chong, XuLiang Qi

FORMER STUDENTS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Claudia V. Turco (PhD.)

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

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

Mark Jacobs (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)