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Dr. Ji Hyun Ko received his BSc in electrical and computer engineering at Hanyang University (Seoul, South Korea). Then he received PhD in neurological science at McGill University (Montreal). He did his first post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Strafella and trained in functional brain imaging in Parkinson’s disease. Then, he moved to New York to join in Dr. David Eidelberg’s group and trained in multivariate brain imaging analysis in Parkinson’s disease. In 2014, He got appointed to an Assistant Professor in the department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba. He is currently an Associate Professor in the same department.
Academic Qualifications / Research Affiliation
BSc (South Korea) PhD (Montreal)
(primary) Associate Professor of Human Anatomy and Cell Science, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator of Neuroscience Research Program, Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, Health Science Centre – Winnipeg
Core Member of Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba
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Ms. Stella Choi / Research Assistant
Stella received her Honors Bachelor of Science (graphic design) from Queens College (City University of New York). Now she is very enthusiastic of being involved with research in neurodegenerative disorders. She is mainly responsible for administering HD-tDCS, training new members clinical trials, planning participants’ visits, collecting and logging experimental data, and manage research documents and website. In her spare time she enjoys baking, drawing, and yoga.
Iman received his Ph.D. degree (2016) in Electrical and Electronic engineering at Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. During his Ph.D., he was selected (twice) as an honor student because of his academic achievements. After his PhD, he worked as a research fellow at Integrative Brain Imaging Center (IBIC), National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Tokyo, Japan from June 2016 to June 2017. Then, he was trained a post-doctoral student in department of radiology, Laval university, Quebec, Canada from July 2017 to June 2020. Iman was selected as a top researcher in the field Neuroimaging by Quebec Bio-Imaging network in Dec. 2017. His research has a dual focus: ‘Brain imagng analysis’ and ‘advanced machine learning methods’ with a particular interest in “Neuroimaging” fields. He is one of the pioneer scholars in the application of machine learning and intelligent method in neuroimaging research. Iman is involved with different international human brain projects in Canada and Japan.
Dr. Tiffany Kolesar, Ph. D.
Tiffany received her Ph.D. (2021) in Physiology and Pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba, during which she used fMRI to investigate the neural correlates of threat in relation to anxiety
in the brain, cervical spinal cord, and thoracic spinal cord. Her interests lie in using a variety of neuroimaging modalities to assess disorders and dysfunction in the central nervous system.
In her free time, Tiffany enjoys baking pies, making bath bombs, and dabbling in woodworking.
Tiffany received her Ph.D. (2021) in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. During her Ph.D. she used fMRI, advanced visuomotor paradigms and traditional cognitive and psychophysical methodologies to study how vision, attention, and culture influence how we perceive and interact with the world around us. Her research interest involves learning how non-invasive brain stimulation techniques can be used in conjunction with neuroimaging modalities to assess diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Her hobbies include photography, running and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Natalie received her Honors Bachelor of Science from University of Western Ontario (2016).
Her research interest areas are clinical and translational neuroscience.
Her hobbies include reading, music, and traveling.
Jarrad recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Science in Medical Physics. He is currently a PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering where his research interests include brain imaging analysis, the application of machine learning to medical imaging, and multimodal diagnostic imaging. He was the recipient of Research Manitoba's Master Studentship. He is currently the McCrorie-West Fellow in Alzheimer's Research, and an associate member of the Computational Intelligence Laboratory. Outside of academia he is an active pianist, music teacher, and runs a Dungeons & Dragons collective.
Dept. of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Gabriella completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Oregon State University, USA where she also competed as a division 1 rower. Her research interests involve epilepsy and functional brain connectivity using High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation(HD-tDCS). She has been awarded the "University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF), 2022" award for her academic excellence. Her hobbies include hiking, adventure racing and scuba diving.
Dept. of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Zack McAllister received his B. SC. In Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. For his master’s thesis he is currently working with tDCS to investigate the connectivity of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, reading and hiking.
Dept. of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Manzuma is a physician from Bangladesh. She has completed her MBBS ( Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is now working with the preventive effect of the cognitive behavioral therapy on Post traumatic stress disorder among the public safety personnel. She has been awarded "University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship(UMGF),2020" award for her academic excellence. Doing Aerobic physical exercise and cooking different foods are her favourite hobbies.
Dali zhang received his Ph.D of Biomeidcal Engineering from The University of Tokushima, Japan
in 2002. Then he completed his terms of postdoctoral trainings of biomedical engineering research.
Currently, he works as research associate in Dr. Ko' s lab and his research focuses on levodopa induced dyskinesia in Parkinson’s Disease.
During his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, reading and exercise(swimming).
Abrar received her bachelor degree in medicine and surgery from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
(2007-2012) and she worked as a teaching assistant in anatomy department at KAU, SA (2013 - 2017)
She is Interested in researches related to neuroanatomy and radiological imaging.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and going to the gym.
After completing her MSc, Abrar departed Winnipeg to pursue a PhD in Human Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering
Vinay is aMSC student IN Biomedical engineering (SEPTEMBER 2017 - PRESENT)
Vinay hails from India where he completed his bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Having worked on Graph Theory Analysis of fMRI data for exploring Levodopa induced Dyskinesia for Parkinson’s patients in his internship with Mitacs, he became interested in field of brain imaging, more specifically in the potential of using graph theory for brain modelling to allow to account for brain functioning at voxel level.
His current work will involve using graph theory to visualize SSM-PCA resulting pattern from FDG-PET studies. He believes Graph theory serves as a powerful tool to characterize and quantify large scale structural and functional brain networks. In multivariate method like SSM/PCA, it helps to identify and visualize disease specific cerebral metabolic patterns in whole brain as well as in specific anatomic brain regions, which is often the objective in neuro-degenerative brain diseases’ research.
After completing his MSc, Vinay accepted a position as a Business Development Specialist at Mitacs in Winnipeg.
Abdullah Ramadan grew up in Saudi Arabia and completed his BSc in physical therapy from King Abdulaziz University/ Saudi Arabia. He is a Master student in Department of Anatomy and Cell Science at University of Manitoba. His research interest in Neuroscience. The main focus is understanding the effects of L-Dopa on animal models of Parkinsonism.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading novels and watching soccer. After completing his MSc, he went back to Saudi Arabia and works as a Teaching Assistant university (King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences/ basic medical sciences department- college of medicine).
He will start in soon his PhD in Neuromuscular junction morphology and pathology at University of Edinburgh in UK.
Maram received her bachelor degree in medicine and surgery MBBS.
She is interested in neuroradiology related research especially the ones investigate the brain using functional imaging approach.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, biking, reading, and yoga.
After completing her MSc, Maram accepted a residency position, she is currently a PGY4 radiology resident at the University of Maryland, Baltimore MD. She will apply to her fellowship in Breast imaging this year.
Audrey completed her BSc in Biology from Southern Arkansas University (Hons.). Minor in Chemistry
Her research Interest is Neurodegenerative disorders, Alzheimer's disease.
During her spare time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, tennis, swimming, running, reading, community volunteer work. Audrey has been accepted to the physician assistant training program at UofM starting in Fall 2021.