|Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Ph.D., P.Eng
Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Stefanie Blain-Moraes trained as a biomedical engineer (B.A.Sc., Ph.D.) and in rehabilitation sciences (Ph.D.) at the University of Toronto. She completed a NIDRR postdoctoral fellowship in brain-computer interfaces and a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship studying consciousness and anesthesia, both at the University of Michigan. Stefanie also has an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her research interests lie in developing novel methods of communication and interaction for individuals who are unable to move and speak.
|Florian Grond, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow
Florian Grond is an expert in sonic interaction design and data sonification. After receiving his MSc from Karl-Franzens University in Austria, he worked for many years at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany as a researcher and media artist. Later he continued his research at the Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University in Germany where he received his doctorate with a thesis topic on data sonification. He moved to Montreal in 2011 and held postdoctoral appointments at Concordia and McGill. In the BIAPT lap, Florian will be involved in biomusic’s participatory sound design cycles of and its implementation for mobile applications.
|Rossio Motta Ochoa, postdoctoral fellow
Rossio Motta-Ochoa completed her doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of California, Davis. Her fields of specialization are Science and Technology Studies medical anthropology and, more recently, person-centered anthropology. Her areas of interest are public policies, mental health systems and its relationship to addictions using critical and phenomenological lens. Currently, Dr. Motta-Ochoa is a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. Dr. Motta-Ochoa conducts ethnographic fieldwork at a department of psychiatry in Montreal to understand the impact and everyday ethical tensions created by the implementation of new policy. She is particularly interested in the interfaces between technology and alleged mental health problems as well as the ethical questions that they pose.
| Yacine Mahdid, MSc Candidate
I'm currently working on two projects in the BIAPT lab: in the first project, I am reviewing several wearable physiological sensors to assess their usability as platforms to develop a biomusic system.
In the second project, I am investigating the translational potential of an EEG headset that is easy to set-up and which could be used for studies on consciousness. These projects connect nicely with my primary research interest which is in the topic of brain computer interface and its usage in clinical settings. I believe that by developing technologies that use computer to analyze and make sense of brain signals we could find new ways to help patients with debilitating conditions.
|Alexander Rokos, MSc candidate
Co-Supervised by Dr. John F. Connolly at McMaster University, Alex’s work in the BIAPT lab focuses on the combination of event-related and network level EEG analysis techniques for the assessment of consciousness in behaviourally unresponsive patients. Alex is investigating the use of anesthesia in the development of a within-subject consciousness assessment protocol to be used as a potential technique for identifying neurobiological markers of “covert consciousness”.