Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada width= 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 profile pictureFlorian 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 profile pictureRossio 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.
Catherine profile pictureCatherine Duclos, postdoctoral fellow

Catherine Duclos completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montreal, where she studied the sleep and circadian rhythms of brain-injured patients, hospitalized at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. Her research elucidated how sleep-wake disturbances originate and evolve in the acute phase of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, and how such disturbances are associated with the recovery of consciousness and cognitive functions. For her postdoctoral fellowship in the BIAPT lab, Catherine will seek to identify neural markers of "covert consciousness" in unresponsive patients using high-density EEG and graph theoretical analysis, and will also apply these techniques to understand the dynamics of brain networks during emergence from profound, anesthesia-induced unconsciousness.
Johann Vargas Calixto, Ph.D. candidate

Johann Vargas completed his BSc in Mechatronics Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2015. In 2018, he completed his MEng at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kearney. During his BSc and Master’s, Johann has acquired experience in various areas including mechanic and electronic design, biomechanics, simulation tools, signal processing and systems identification. He has particularly focused on the application of signal processing and systems identification for understanding the dynamics of the body’s center of mass during locomotion and the biomechanics of the joints. Currently, Johann is applying his past experiences to the classification of human emotions and its application in improving the personhood of individuals with dementia.
Yacine profile picture 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.
Danielle Nadin, MSc Candidate

I completed my B.Sc. in Neuroscience at McGill University, where my undergraduate research project focussed on the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on motor learning in healthy and stroke populations. Building upon this, my Master’s project in the BIAPT lab will use EEG signal processing techniques to investigate the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on healthy brain networks and during emergence from unconsciousness. I am interested in the intersection between technology and healthcare, and the ways that knowledge from both these domains can be applied to improve clinical interventions and quality of life.


Lab Almuni

Name Title of Thesis
Alexander Rokos, M.Sc.


Detecting and assessing consciousness in behaviourally unresponsive populations: combing event-related and continuous electroencephalography analysis techniques.