Lab Members

Laboratory Current Members

Zahra Moussavi, Ph.D., P.Eng. 

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Ph.D. Candidates
Grant Rutherford

Grant Rutherford, M.Sc., P.Eng.

B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering at U of M
7 years work experience as Software Engineer / Firmware Engineer at Iders Incorporated P.Eng from APEGM.


Omid Ranjbar Pooya, M.Sc.

Omid received his B.Sc. in software engineering (2006)  and M.Sc. in artificial intelligence (2010)  from Iran University of Science and Technology and Shiraz University respectively.  He is now starting his Ph.D. at the U of Manitoba in Biomedical Engineering.


Kazu Kimura, M.Sc.

Kazu has received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Japan in Electrical Engineering. He is now a PhD candidate (as of Sept. 2013) at Biomeidal Engineering of the U of Manitoba, working on Virtual Reality Environment development.

Zeinab Dastghieb, M.Sc.

Zeinab has received her B.Sc.and M.Sc. from Ferdosi U of Iran and is now doing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering on the use of EVestG signals for diagnosis of Meniere's disease.

Ahmed Khalil, B.Sc. 

Ahmed studied electrical communication and electronics at Ain-Shams University in Egypt before joining our group. He is currently pursuing his PhD, working on using acoustic signals to develop a new technology for assessing obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness.

Niyousha Morteza, M.Sc.

Niyousha received her B.Sc and M.Sc. in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Iran University of Medical Sciences (Tehran). She is currently a Master student at the University of Manitoba in Biomedical Engineering. Her thesis is mainly on rehabilitation of patients with incomplete spinal cord injury.

Farnaz Hajipour, B.Sc, M.Sc.

Farnaz received her Bachelor of Computer Engineering and her Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Shiraz University in Iran. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in our group, focusing her studies on sleep apnea.

Abed Sulieman, B.Sc.

Abed received his B.Sc. from Technion, Israel institute of technology in 2012, and is now doing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering on EVestG and Concussion.


Mehrangiz Ashiri, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Mehrangiz received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Azad University, Dezfool in 2009. She later completed her M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, with a focus on digital electronics from Sharif University of Technology-International Campus. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in our group, investigating the relationship between visual stimuli and vestibular response.

M.Sc. Candidates

Tian Ni, B.Sc.

Tian received his B.Sc. from Elec. & Comp. Eng., University of Mantioba in 2012, and is now doing his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on Virtual Reality Environment for Brachytherapy Simulation, Training and Real-Time Adaptive Optimization with co-supervision of Dr. Pistorious from Cancer Care and Medical Physics.

Cassandra Aldaba, B.Sc. Elec. Eng.

Cassandra has worked with us in the summer of 2013 on a University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Award, and has continued to work on the Virtual Reality Assessments for the detection of early onset of Alzheimer's Disease. Since graduating in 2015, she has started her M.Sc. with our group, where she is studying the use of virtual reality in cognitive training for individuals with dementia.
  Paul White, B.Sc. Elec. Eng.

Paul has worked with us in summer of 2012 on an NSERC scholarship and is now working on his M.Sc. on the Virtual Reality Assessments for the detection of early onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

Shumit Saha, B.Sc.

Shumit is currently a M.Sc. student in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. His focus is on investigating the effects of changes in upper airway anatomy during sleep on snoring sound features. Shumit has been awarded the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS). He has also worked as a research student in Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at University of Toronto. He completed his B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) from Khulna University of Technology (KUET), Bangladesh in 2012. Then, he worked as a lecturer in the same university from 2012-2014. 

Undergraduates and Research Assistants

Keeley Edwards, B.Sc

Keeley received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the Unverisity of Manitoba in 2014. She has since worked with us in the summer of 2015 on an NSERC scholarship and is continuing to work with us on the development of oral devices for monitoring sleep apnea while pursuing her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.

Sam Jodat, B.Sc.

Sam is working with our group as a research assistant in data recording for our obstructive sleep apnea projects. He previously studied at the State Engineering Unversity of Armenia, where he received is B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering.

Adjunct Members

Brian Lithgow  

Senior Lecturer, Dept., of Elect. Eng., Monash University & Senior Research Fellow, Psychiatry Dept., Alfred Hospital. Brian is the inventor of EVestG technology and our collaborator on neurological diagnosis projects.