About Us

We are a group of student members of the Quebec Bio-imaging Network (QBIN) who believe that science should be open and accessible to everyone, and we hope to help make that possible through this blog!

Blog contributors

Béry Mohammediyan
McGill University

I am a Master’s Student in psychiatry at McGill University where I explore sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease in the Villeneuve Lab. My research project focuses on sleep disturbances during the preclinical phases of Alzheimer’s disease and how they are associated to Alzheimer’s Disease pathology, amyloid and tau, measured with position emission tomography. As a QBIN writer I hope to write interesting and fun articles and to propagate my passion for science to encourage people to engage with neuroscience and bio-imaging. 

Vanessa Krohn
McGill University

I am a third-year undergraduate student in Honours Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at McGill University. I’ve been a research assistant at the Roy Pain Lab for a year and a half, where I’ve worked on projects that looked at ways in which we can reduce the perception of pain. In those studies, I’ve used fMRI to look at the brain activation of various regions to uncover the underlying mechanisms of different pain-relieving interventions.

Ikrame Housni
Université de Montréal

I am a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at the Université de Montréal. My current work centres around investigating the relationship between MRI- detected cerebrovascular pathology, cerebrovascular architecture, and age-related dementias. My passion for scientific research extends beyond bench work, as scientific communication has been integral to my research involvements. Making science accessible to the general audience is crucial, I believe that knowledge translation is key to achieving this goal and hope to contribute to this effort.

Flavie Detcheverry
Université de Montréal

I am a PhD student in biomedical engineering at the Université de Montréal. My research project at the MIND lab, under the supervision of Professors Badhwar and Narayanan, is to study level changes of brain metabolites using magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the brain, and using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics in blood. I am passionate about learning and being involved in scientific research and science communication.

Gasser Saleh
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

I am a Ph.D student in clinical neuropsychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières under the supervision of the Professor Simon Rigoulot and the Professor Isabelle Blanchette. My main research interests revolve around affective neurosciences. Precisely, I’m using EEG in order to uncover the cognitive activities implied in the emotional information processing.

Giulia Baracchini
McGill University

I am a PhD student in neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. My research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of inter-regional communication in the brain and their behavioural relevance, particularly in the context of cognitive control. Specifically, I am investigating whether and how large-scale network architecture interacts with BOLD signal variability patterns, in healthy aging and preclinical Alzheimer’s populations.

Carlos Gevers-Montoro
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

I am a chiropractor and a PhD student in Neurosciences at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The main focus of my studies is on pain neurophysiology. I currently use EEG to investigate the hypoalgesic mechanisms of spinal manipulation during back pain.

Sivaniya Subramaniapillai
McGill University

I completed my PhD in Experimental Psychology at McGill University in 2021. My research explores sex and gender differences in brain and cognitive function throughout the adult lifespan and lifestyle factors that promote healthy aging. As a QBIN blog writer, I am excited about using science communication to meaningfully connect with diverse communities. To sign up to my personal newsletter, please visit: http://sivaniya.beehiiv.com/.

Zoha Deldar
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Pain Neurophysiology Research Lab at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. My projects focus on the neurocognitive aspects and the neurophysiology of pain by using different methods including EEG, EMG, fMRI, as well as cognitive and psychological measurements. I am also passionate about science communication and the open science movement.

Samuel Guay
Université de Montréal

I am a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal and I investigate the long-term effects of sport-related concussions in young and old athletes using a variety of neuroimaging techniques. I contribute to this blog because I think disseminating science by means other than peer-reviewed papers makes it more accessible and as an open science enthusiast, I think we can do better as a community.

Alexa Pichet Binette
McGill University

I was a PhD student at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Sylvia Villeneuve. I am now continuing to work on neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s disease as a postdoc at Lund University, Sweden, and I hope to some day have a lab of my own in Quebec!


Estrid Jakobsen
QBIN Communications and Student Engagement Manager

I completed my PhD in neuroscience in Leipzig, Germany, in 2016 and I have 8 years of experience in writing about and communicating science to a lay audience. I have always been passionate about science communication, and I am very excited to encourage and facilitate the sharing of bio-imaging research through this blog!

Other members of the QBIN student communications committee

Natasha Clarke (Université de Montréal)
Isabelle Arseneau-Bruneau (McGill University)
Heather Whittaker (McGill University)

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