About our team

Our team of volunteers looks forward to answering your questions. Here you can get to know some of us better. Introducing the members of our admin team!

Reza Farivar

Dr. Farivar is the director of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. The Farivar lab uses neuroimaging technologies, such as MRI, to study the process of vision.

Alice Morgunova

Alice is a PhD student at the IPN in Dr. Cecilia Flores' lab. She studies molecular mechanisms that may aid in early identification of adolescents at risk for developing mental disorders.

Malosree Maitra

Malosree is a PhD student in the Turecki lab at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. Her research focuses on the contribution of different cell-types in the brain to the molecular mechanisms of depression and suicide.

Hilary Sweatman

Hilary is a PhD student working with Dr. Xiaoqian Chai at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Her research focuses on the development of memory in individuals with and without autism.

Aashita Batra

Aashita is a PhD Candidate at the IPN in Dr. Patricia Silveira’s lab. Her current research explores how insulin in the brain modulates cognitive behaviors when individuals are exposed to adversity early in life.

Sabine Rannio

Sabine is a PhD student in the Dr. Jesper Sjöström Lab at the Montreal General Hospital, investigating the role of synaptic plasticity, i.e. the change in connectivity between neurons over time, in health and disease.

Annika Traa

Annika is a PhD student in the IPN and a member of the Van Raamsdonk lab at McGill University. Her research focuses on the biology of aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Annika is passionate about dissemination of research to audiences of all backgrounds and forging connections between communities and scientists.

Sophie Sun

Sophie is a master's student in the IPN studying under Dr. Madeleine Sharp at The Neuro. Her research investigates how the failure of chemical messenger systems in the brain affect cognition in people with early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The cognitive processes that we are studying are attention and learning from reward.

Nancy Mugisha

Nancy is a master's student in the IPN program under the supervision of Dr. Maryam Oskoui at the MUHC. Her thesis focuses on brain connectivity in children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Teddy Fisher

Teddy is a Master's student in the Kennedy Lab. His research focuses on the identification and regulation of cell-surface proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease.

Jason Da Silva Castanheira

Jason is a PhD student at the IPN in Dr. Sylvain Baillet's lab. He studies individual differences in neural activity, our so called 'neural fingerprint', as well as the cognitive neuroscience of attention.

Previous Committee Members

Christophe Tanguay-Sabourin

Sienna Drake

Hyo Lee


In addition to our admin team we have over 30 volunteers who are graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience. They provide their expertise and insights to answer your questions about neuroscience and the brain and to give back to the community. Without them our initiative would not be possible.