Prospective Students

Potential Supervisors

The following Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute members have active research programs and may be interested in supervising new graduate students. Please contact them directly if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in their lab.

For a list of faculty members actively recruiting new students, please visit the positions available page.


Department or Division

Research Interests

Ted Allison

Biological Sciences & Medical Genetics

Integrating Genetics and Physiology to study photoreceptor regeneration, prion diseases and Alzheimer disease

Glen Baker

Neurochem. Res. Unit

Mechanisms of action and metabolism of antidepressant/antipanic and neuroprotective drugs

Klaus Ballanyi

Physiology & Pediatrics

Neuromodulation in perinatal motor networks

Deryk Beal

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Neuroimaging and genetics of speech motor control and related pathologies

Christian Beaulieu

Biomedical Engineering

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Neurological Disorders

Dave Bennett

Biomedical Engineering

Neuronal plasticity and regeneration after spinal cord injury

Francois Bolduc

Pediatric Neurology

Neurogenetics of memory and mental retardation

Carol Boliek

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Developmental speech motor control in infants with and without neuromotor deficits

Robert Campbell


Development of genetically encoded fluorescent probes for imaging of neural activity

Jeremy Caplan


Human memory—the cognitive processes by which we remember things and how these are implemented in the brain

Ibolja Cernak

Rehab. Medicine

Integative Regulators of Brain Resilience to Military Stressors and Injuries

K. Ming Chan

Physical Med/Rehab.

Decline in the human neuromuscular system in aging and disese and their response to therapeutic interventions

Craig Chapman

Physical Education and Recreation

Analyzing actions in complex environments and understanding them as the observable component of human cognition

Fred Colbourne


Neuroprotection and promoting recovery after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke

David Collins

Physical Education and Recreation

Neural Control of Human Movement

William F. Colmers


Neuromodulation in the CNS

Jacqueline Cummine 

Speech Pathology & Audiology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Basic Language Processes

Bruce Dick

Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Cognitive deficits in individuals with chronic pain, pain in children, imaging the effects of chronic pain using event-related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

Clayton Dickson


Cellular & Circuit Neurophysiology of Medial Temporal Lobe Structures

Roger Dixon


Neurocognitive Aspects of Aging, Impairment, and Alzheimer's Disease

Karim Fouad

Rehab. Medicine

Promoting axonal regeneration and functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Esther Fujiwara


Interactions of coping style, memory and forgetting

Greg Funk

Physiology / Pediatrics

Neurophysiology, specifically basic mechanisms of rhythm generation, neuronal information processing and signal transduction within developing respiratory networks

Fabrizio Giuliani


Neuroimmunology & Neurodegeneration

Monica Gorassini

Biomedical Engineering

Role of neuronal growth and general plasticity in the recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury

Simon Gosgnach


Development of spinal locomotor circuits

Andy Greenshaw


Psychotherapeutic drug action

John Greer


Mammalian developmental neurobiology

Steve Harvey


Growth Hormone: Neural RegulationGrowth Hormone: A Neuropeptide?

Jacqueline Hebert

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control - BLINC

Alan Hudson


The roles of receptors in the brain that regulate monoamine release and turnover, in relation to mood disorders

Peter Hurd


Aggressive behaviour, and the influence of sexual differentiation on brain and behaviour

Juhani Järvikivi
Language and cognition, development of language processing in children

Jack Jhamandas


Central autonomic regulation and neurodegeneration

Kelvin Jones

Physical Education & Recreation

Clinical & Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory

Sanjay Kalra

Neurology & Biomedical Engineering

ALS and other motor neuron disorders, cognitive impairment in ALS, development and application of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and other imaging techniques

Satya Kar


Role of beta-amyloid peptides and insulin-like growth factors in the regulation of central cholinergic functions and their relevance to Alzheimer's disease pathology

Bradley Kerr

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Cellular mechanisms of chronic pain

Ada Leung

Occupational Therapy

Functional neuroimaging of auditory working memory and executive function

Joanne Lemieux
Understanding the role of intramembrane proteases in neurodegenerative disease
Xin-min Li Psychiatry
Examining the role of white matter damage in psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases

Jian-Qiang Lu 

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

CNS tumors, neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases

Nikolai Malykhin

Biomedical Engineering

Limbic System

Brian Maraj

Physical Education & Recreation

Perceptual motor behaviour in Down Syndrome and other special populations

Marek Michalak


Protein Quality Control and Misfolded Protein Diseases

John Misiaszek

Occupational Therapy

Neural control of walking and dynamic equilibrium

Vivian Mushahwar

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Engineering for Restoring Motor Function

Peter Nguyen


Mechanisms of hippocampal synaptic plasticity

Dave Pilgrim

Biological Sciences /Cell Biology

Molecular analysis of nervous system development in model systems

Elena Posse de Chaves


Understanding the role of lipids and lipoproteins in neuronal survival in health and disease

Chris Power


Neurovirology and Neuroimmunology of the CNS and PNS

Arthur Prochazka


Sensory control of movement

Ted Putman

Physical Education & Recreation

Skeletal Muscle Plasticity

Carmen Rasmussen
 Neurobehavioral functioning in children with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
Lawrence Richer Pediatrics
Development and evaluation of better therapeutic strategies for children with acute neurological disorders including headache, migraine, mild brain injury, and autonomic dysfunction.

Yves Sauve


Functional assessment of degeneration and therapies in the visual system

Peter Silverstone


Underlying mechanism of action in bipolar disorder

Valerie Sim


Prion Disease

Thomas Simmen

Cell Biology

Basic cell biology of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation

Anthony Singhal


Psychophysiology and functional neuroimaging of human attention, memory and visuomotor control

Simonetta Sipione


Molecular mechanisms in Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders

Peter Smith


Electrophysiology of neuropathic pain

Richard Stein


Control of movements in normal and pathological conditions

Christopher Sturdy


Neuroethology of Songbird Acoustic Communication

Oksana Suchowersky


Diagnosis, gene identification, and treatment of hereditary neurodegenerative disorders

Dallas Treit


Neural mechanisms of anxiety

Amy Tse


Regulation of calcium signals and exocytosis

Fred Tse


Biophysics of exocytosis

Benjamin Tucker Linguistics
Cognitive structure and models of speech comprehension and production

Albert Vette

Mechanical Engineering

Neuromechanics of human balance and movement: Fundamentals and rehabilitation

Andrew Waskiewicz

Biological Sciences

Using the zebrafish hindbrain and retina as models to study the transcriptional mechanisms that specify anterior-posterior neuronal identity

Christine Webber 


Nerve Regeneration and Axon Guidance

Rachel Wevrick

Medical Genetics

Genetics of brain development and obesity; Prader-Willi Syndrome

Sandra Wiebe


Development of executive control, emotion regulation and their neural substrates in early childhood

Ian Winship


Imaging and augmenting endogenous neuroprotective and neuroplastic responses to stroke

Doug Wylie


Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Visual Systems

Jaynie Yang

Physical Therapy

Neural control of walking in humans

Jessica Yue


Brain mechanisms regulating glucose and lipid metabolism in diabetes and obesity

Toshifumi Yokota

Medical Genetics

Molecular Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Diseases and Antisense Therapeutics