Lab director

Reza Farivar

FRQS Research Scholar
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Scientific Director, MGH TBI Program

Research associates

Paul Khayat




Graduate Students

Yiran Chen

Yiran is working on a project studying the reliable pattern of cortical activity during naturalistic viewing. Using MEG, we are able to investigate cortical activities patterns in different frequency bands. We adopt inter-subject synchronization as a measurement of reliable pattern. This synchronization can include both time-course correlation and spatial-spectral pattern similarity. In addition to basic anatomical alignment of cortical surface, I am also interested in functional hyper-alignment. We want to test our methods on identifying binocular disparity related cortical patterns using out movie-viewing data.

Angela Zhang

Angela received her B.Sc in Neuroscience at Western University and is now pursuing her PhD in Neuroscience.  Her research interests include mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and fundamental visual perception in humans and monkeys.  Her projects use fMRI and psychophysical tasks to explore visual recovery following mTBI in a monkey model and to examine visual perception in humans. She is interested in the fine scaled spatial patterns shared across individuals and applies multivariate techniques to functional imaging data obtained during naturalistic movie viewing. Angela is also collaborating with the National Institute of Physiological Science of Okazaki (NIPS) on a hyper-scanning project to further her understanding of such intricate patterns.

Hassan Akhavein

Hassan studied physics as an undergraduate student at Sharif University of Tech, Iran. He received a M.Sc. in Physics at Concordia University, Montreal. He graduated from his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University in 2018. His interests include saccadic eye-movement, depth perception and object recognition.

Tatiana Ruiz

Tatiana graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from Université de Montréal in 2015. As a PhD student in Neuroscience, she is investigating the visual dysfunctions experienced by patients who suffer from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). She has implemented psychophysical experiments to show that mTBI patients have higher levels of noise when discriminating good continuity contours, and is using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to reveal localized processes at the roots of these visual impairments, especially exploring the role of the Frontal Eye Field in internal noise of the occipital cortex. She is also working on imaging the injured brain during naturalistic movie viewing.

Sébastien Proulx

Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and Master in Neuroscience at Université de Montréal, Sébastien is interested in finding new ways to investigate function and plasticity of the human brain, focusing on the more easily accessible motor and visual systems. His current projects more specifically aim at measuring and modulating neural inhibition in the visual system of the human brain, using psychophysics, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and monocular deprivation.

Charlene Yang

Charlene obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology at McGill University in 2016 and a Masters degree from from IPN (Integrated Program in Neuroscience) at McGill. Her project aimed at restoring binocular vision in amblyopia through the engagement of stimulus-specific adaptive compensatory mechanisms, exploring internal blur in natural images and synthetic edges to model the specific visual impairments endured by this population. 

William Mathieu

William obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (B.Eng.) at McGill University in Montreal and will obtain his master’s in the same field in the new-year. His research interests include medical imaging hardware, electromagnetics, radio-frequency microelectronics, and signal processing. He is currently working on the design and development of radio-frequency coils for MRI, specifically a coil for concurrent fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation experiments and a 128-channel flexible head coil for high resolution brain imaging.


Luiza Volpi

I received my B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the same university. I have experience working with peripheral somatosensory electrical stimulation and how different stimulation parameters can be manipulated to elicit distinct sensations, which can then be correlated with distinct patterns of brain activity using electroencephalography. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University, and I am interested in how 3D objects are perceived independently of the depth cue used. More specifically, my project focuses in how individual depth cues are represented in the visual system, and whether those representations are transferable from one type of cue to the other. Some of the methods I will be using for my research include psychophysics, fMRI and electrophysiological recordings in macaque monkeys.

Haneieh Molaei

I have a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently a PhD candidate in Integrated Program of Neuroscience (IPN). I am interested in visual modeling and optimization programs. The project that I am working on is about Amblyopic disease (Lazy eye). We are trying to come up with a model to understand the distortion deficit magnitude in the amblyopic eye. To reach the optimum model, we have to optimize the different effective parameters.

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