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. 

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.

Olivia Ao

Olivia is a M.Sc student in the IPN studying under Dr. Judes Poirier at the Douglas. Her research focuses on finding novel biomarkers in the spinal fluid for the non-symptomatic phase of 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. 

Gabrielle Gauthier-Gagne

Gabrielle is a PhD student in Dr. Reut Gruber’s lab at the Douglas Research Center. Her research focuses on the contribution of light exposure to adolescents’ sleep.

Rebecca Chen

Rebecca is a master's student in the IPN under the supervision of Dr. Naguib Mechawar at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Her research investigates the lasting-impacts of early life adversity on the brain and how that may increase risks for neuropsychiatric disorders.

Amelia Semenak

Amelia is a PhD student working with Dr. Carl Ernst. Her research is focused on the design of gene therapy tools for Glioblastoma Multiforme, a highly aggressive brain tumour.

Lyne Baaj

Lyne is a master's student in the IPN under the supervision of Dr. Rabin. Her research aims to understand the effects of cannabis abstinence on mental health.

Previous Committee Members

Christophe Tanguay-Sabourin Aashita Batra

Sienna Drake Alice Morgunova

Hyo Lee Nancy Mugisha

Malosree Maitra Teddy Fisher

Annika Traa Sophie Sun

Sabine Rannio


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.