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.
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.
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 completed his Ph.D work examining the sophistication of feedback responses following mechanical perturbations (i.e. Long Latency Reflex)
during reaching movements. Currently he is in the Center for Neuroscience Studies working with Drs. Cook, Dukelow, and Scott.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ghada Atallah joined the lab in 2014. She graduated
from the University of Alquds as a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Being interested in both research and clinical practice,
Ghada is currently working on a clinical project involving ALS patients. She is looking at performance across different tasks and assessment scales.
Dr. Stephen Bagg
Dr. Ryan Bicknell MD, Ph.D
Dr. J. Gordon Boyd MD, Ph.D
Dr. Douglas J. Cook MD, Ph.D
Dr. Sean Dukelow MD, Ph.D
Janice Glasgow Ph.D.
Dr. Albert Jin MD, Ph.D
Igor Jurisica Ph.D.
Dr. Tim Murphy 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. Sean Taylor MD, Ph.D
Dr. Paul Cisek
Frédéric Crevecoeur joined the lab in July 2010. He took a postion at Université catholique de Louvain in August 2014.
Dr. Paul Gribble
Dr. Troy Herter left the lab in January 2012 to become an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Exercise Science at The University of South Carolina.
Dr. Carl Jackson joined the lab in September 2009. His focus was on computational neuronal network models of upper limb function.
Dr. Jae-Yoon Jung left the lab to take a position at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Isaac Kurtzer is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Neuroscience and Histology at
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Chantelle Murnaghan left the lab in December 2013. The focus of her work was investigating how neural activity from various areas of the brain is modulated following mechanical perturbations to the limb.
Dr. Angela Coderre finished her Ph.D in March 2011.
Dr. Timothy Lillicrap is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the
Department of Pharmacology at University of Oxford.
Dr. Kathrin Tyryshkin was a Ph.D. student in the School of Computing under co-supervision of Janice
Glasgow and Stephen Scott. She completed her Ph.D in September 2014.
Dr. Andrew Pruszynski left the lab in January 2011.
Dr. Kan Singh
Past Summer Students/Project Students
- Sherwin Chan
- Jake Crookall
- Kris Croome
- Brent Davis
- Tom Depew
- Steve Dorrepaal
- Cheryl Dunham
- Thomas Ferguson
- Sarah Gregor
- 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. He is working closely with Dr. Ian Brown in
hardware development at BKIN Technologies.
Jon Swaine was a computer
programmer in the lab.
Previous Visiting Scholars
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.