Dr. Stephen H. Scott is a professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University. He is also a member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and the CIHR Group in
Sensory-Motor Systems. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Systems Designs Engineering
for his undergraduate degree and a M.A.Sc. with Dr. D.A. Winter. He then did a Ph.D. with Dr.
Gerry Loeb at Queen’s University in the Department of Physiology. After that he went to the
Université de Montréal for his postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology
with Dr. John Kalaska from 1993 to 1995. His first faculty position was as a chercheur adjoint in
the Department of Physiology at Université de Montréal in 1995. He moved his lab to
Queen's University in 1997.
moved to the big city to pursue an education in Veterinary Technology at St. Lawrence College. Graduating with distinction in the spring of
2011, she accepted a one year position with the Dorris Lab. In May of 2012, she joined the Scott Lab as a Laboratory Technologist.
Mary Jo Demers
is a physiotherapist who joined the lab in November 2006. She has and undergraduate degree in
Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor, Ontario, 1985. A second undergraduate degree in
Physical Therapy from Queen's University, Kingston, 1989, and has been working at Providence
Care, St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital since 1989, primarily in Stroke Rehabilitation. She is
currently working on a stroke project funded by CIHR.
is the laboratory technologist and is responsible for the day to day operation of the lab. She graduated
from St. Lawrence College (Kingston) in 1992 and is a member of CALAS.
is a software developer who joined the lab in August of 2006 after working in Dr. Karen Rudie's lab in the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received an undergraduate degree in Computer
Science from the University of Toronto (2006) and another in Drama from Queen's (1990). Helen writes
software to process and analyze experimental data and administers the lab's databases.
Sean Hickman is the Mechanical Technologist for the CIHR Group in
Sensory-Motor Systems. He is involved in new product development, maintenance and repair of
Mike Lewis is the Computing Systems Technologist for the CIHR Group in
Sensory-Motor Systems. He is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the computer systems,
servers, and network equipment within the group.
Justin Peterson is a software developer who joined the lab in
November 2007. He graduated from the Engineering Systems and Computing program at the University
of Guelph in 2005. His focus is developing analysis tools and robot tasks for new KINARM users.
Tyler Cluff joined the lab in September 2011. He completed a BSc in kinesiology and an MSc in biomechanics with Gordon Robertson
at the University of Ottawa. Tyler went on to complete a PhD in sensorimotor neuroscience with Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Timothy Lee at McMaster University.
His doctoral thesis focused on learning, task and context-dependency in the control of unstable dynamical objects. His current research uses reaching and posture
tasks to investigate the adaptation and task-dependent attributes of rapid feedback responses evoked by mechanical perturbation.
Frédéric Crevecoeur joined the lab in July 2010. He graduated as an engineer
in applied mathematics and completed his Ph.D degree in computational neuroscience at the Louvain School of Engineering
(Belgium) under the supervision of Philippe Lefèvre and Jean-Louis Thonnard. His thesis dissertation focused on the role of gravitational forces in
sensorimotor coordination. He is currently focusing on the properties of long-latency reflexes in Humans.
Catherine Lowrey joined the lab in September of 2012. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics.
She went on to complete her M.Sc. in Biomechanics with Lori Vallis and her Ph.D. in Neurophysiology with Leah Bent. Her doctoral work
focused on cutaneous and muscle receptor contribution to proprioception. Her current focus is understanding how the coupling between voluntary
arm movement and associated postural adjustments is impacted with brain injury.
Tomohiko Takei joined the lab in January of 2014. He completed a BSc and MSc in human neurophysiology with Eiichi Naito
and Michikazu Matsumura at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He went on to complete his PhD in neurophysiology with Kazuhiko Seki and Tadashi Isa at National
Institute for Physiological Sciences, Aichi, Japan. His doctoral work focused on contribution of spinal interneurons to the control of primate hand movement.
He moved to National Institute of Neuroscience, Tokyo, Japan and advanced his neurophysiological work as a staff scientist and a section chief.
His current work focuses on understanding how sophisticated feedback control is implemented in the central nervous system.
Teige Bourke joined the lab in September 2009. He has a degree in Medical Sciences and
Physiology from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently looking at postural perturbations and proprioception for
action in clinical populations. He is working on the Stroke Assessment and Rehabilitation project under co-supervision
of Kathleen Norman and Stephen Scott.
Ethan Heming joined the laboratory as a Ph.D. student in September 2010.
He completed two undergraduate degrees in physics (B.Sc.) and psychology (B.A.) from the University of Calgary, followed by a M.Sc. in Neuroscience
at the same institution. His primary interests are brain-machine interfaces, neural prosthetics, and understanding neural computation.
Tim Lillicrap joined the laboratory as an undergraduate summer student in 2003. He completed his bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science & Artificial
Intelligence at the University of Toronto in 2005. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies. His primary interests are optimal
control theory and machine learning theory and the application of these mathematical formalisms to understanding the central nervous system. Currently,
Timothy's work focuses on understanding how primary motor cortex learns to control the upper limb. To this end, he trains neural networks to control
biophysics models of the upper limb, and examines the control solutions discovered by these networks. A better theoretical understanding of how neural
networks execute control is used to aid in the analysis of neural data recorded in motor cortex. His homepage may be found
Mostafa Mostafavi joined the lab in September 2011. He is a Ph.D. student in the School of
Computing. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2004. He received his M.Sc.
in Computer Science from the University of Manchester in 2006. He is now working on the Stroke Assessment and Rehabilitation project under co-supervision of
Dr. Parvin Mousavi and Dr. Stephen Scott.
Joseph Nashed joined the laboratory in the fall of 2008. He graduated with a
B.Sc in Electrical Engineering; and a M.Sc in Rehabilitation Science, both at Queen’s University. He is enrolled in the Center for Neuroscience Studies as a
Ph.D candidate and is currently examining the sophistication of feedback responses following mechanical perturbations (i.e. Long Latency Reflex)
during reaching movements.
Mohsen Omrani joined the lab in September 2007. He graduated from Tehran
University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) as a Medical Doctor (MD). He had been an associate researcher
in School of Cognitive Sciences (SCS), Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
(IPM) since 2001, and his research focused mostly on sensory-motor transformation. He was
supervised by Abdol Hossein Abbassian (IPM, Iran) and Mathew E. Diamond (SISSA, Italy). He is
currently examining the organization of bimanual reaching movement and more specifically, how an
optimal feedback controller might explain bimanual coupling.
Kathrin Tyryshkin is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing. She
studied History of Europe, Math and Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University, then transferred to
York University in Toronto where she received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science (2003).
She received her M.Sc. at Queen's University in the area of computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery
and is now working with the Stroke Assessment and Rehabilitation project under co-supervision of Janice
Glasgow and Stephen Scott.
Nolan Wilson joined the
laboratory in 2012 to complete a Master’s project under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Scott. He graduated
from Queen’s University with a B. Sc. in Life Sciences (2011) and M. Sc. in Anatomical Sciences (2013). He is
currently a Ph. D. student in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and is investigating the quantitative anatomy
underlying primate motor behavior to provide more accurate tools for modeling the motor system.
Dr. Stephen Bagg
Dr. Sean Dukelow
Janice Glasgow Ph.D.
Igor Jurisica Ph.D.
Kathleen Norman B.Sc.(PT) Ph.D.
Daichi Nozaki Ph.D.
Lucie Pelland B.Sc.(PT) Ph.D.
James Reynolds Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Cisek recently accepted a
position in the department of Physiology at the University of Montréal.
Dr. Paul Gribble is currently an
assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Carl Jackson joined the lab in September 2009. His current focus was on computational neuronal network models of upper limb function.
Dr. Jae-Yoon Jung recently accepted a position at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Troy Herter left the lab in January 2012. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Exercise Science at The University of South Carolina.
Dr. Isaac Kurtzer is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Neuroscience and Histology at
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Angela Coderre finished her Ph.D in March 2011.
Dr. Andrew Pruszynski left the lab in January 2011. He is
currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at at Umeå University in Sweden.
Dr. Kan Singh is
finished his doctoral work which he started in May 1999 after completing a Master's with
Frances Richmond and a Life Sciences BScH, all at Queen's University. His doctoral
work involved studying how sensory feedback is used by the motor system during the learning
of novel loads. Kan's work has been recognized with a number of awards and honours, and he
is currently with Health Canada in Ottawa.
Bill Cabel has completed his MBA and is
currently working abroad.
Melanie Demmer has received her
degree and is now teaching at a private school near Omemee, ON.
Baiju Devani completed his M.Sc
Degree in Computing and Information Science. While in the lab, he developed a data warehouse system
to manage and analyze behavioral data.
Kirsten Graham graduated from vet school
at the University of Guelph.
Geoff King is attending
St. Augustine's Seminary
Tereza Korbel is currently attending
vet school at the University of Guelph.
Stacey Rombough has completed her
occupational therapy program at University of Toronto.
Past Summer Students/Project Students
- Sherwin Chan
- Jake Crookall
- Kris Croome
- Brent Davis
- Tom Depew
- Steve Dorrepaal
- Cheryl Dunham
- Thomas Ferguson
- Kevin Gu
- Michelle Hapuarachi
- Kirk Haunts
- Diana Hsiang
- Benjamin Hu
- Quynh Huynh
- Ali Jahed
- Raul Kuchinad
- Evan Kuo
- Tony Kuo
- Penny Letts
- Jenny Li
- Nicole Love
- Jonathan Michaels
- Mary Muir
- Elishka Pek
- Addison Rich
- Brock Sirko
- Vidya Sri
- Sharon Wong
- Helen Xu
- Lu Yang
was a laboratory software engineer. Peter was involved in designing and implementing experimental
control and data acquisition software. He is currently working in Toronto.
Dr. Ian Brown works part-time as Manager of Biomedical Product Development and part-time as Vice-President of BKIN Technologies. Dr. Brown received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics here at Queen’s University, followed by a Ph.D. in muscle physiology, also at Queen’s, and then a post-doctoral fellowship at Caltech in the field of cerebellar neurophysiology. Before leaving Los Angeles, Dr. Brown spent 1.5 years as a researcher at the A.E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Brown has been working on technology development since moving back to Canada in the spring of 2002. His work has focused primarily on the KINARM product line, including hardware, software and task development, and on managing the transfer of technology from lab to commercial enterprise.
Chris Grebeldinger was a laboratory
software engineer from 2003 to 2005.
Jennifer Scott was a laboratory
technician and now works for Dr. Cook and Dr. Levy at Queen's in the CNS.
Luke Harris was the lab Mechanical Technician. He graduated from Durham
College technical school in 2001 and is a licensed machinist who recently settled
in Kingston. He is working closely with Dr. Stephen Scott and Dr. Ian Brown in
Jon Swaine was a computer
programmer in the lab.
Previous Visiting Scholars
Dr. Ted Milner is now a professor at McGill University in Montréal.
Dr. Daichi Nozaki is currently at the Research Institute of National Rehabilitation Center for
Persons with Disabilities under a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.