Lab Members

Laboratory Current Members

Zahra Moussavi, Ph.D., P.Eng. 

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Labs Director

Brian Lithgow  

Adjunct Professor, U of Manitoba BME & Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center & Senior Research Fellow, Psychiatry Dept, Alfred Hospital. Brian is the inventor of EVestG technology and our collaborator on neurological diagnosis projects.

Post-Doc Fellows


Zeinab A. Dastgheib, Ph.D., P.Eng.

B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Elec. & Comp. Eng. Dept., Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program, Elec. & Comp. Eng. Dept., University of Manitoba in 2016, on the use of spontaneous vestibular response for diagnosis of Meniere’s disease. Research Fellow, University of Manitoba till 2018, on identification of post concussion symptoms and Parkinson’s disease from healthy controls; and currently, Postdoc Fellow, University of Manitoba, on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and its separation from AD with cerebrovascular symptomology using EVestG data.

Ph.D. Candidates


Chandan Saha, M.Sc.

Chandan received his B.Sc.Eng. and M.Sc.Eng. from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, focussing on Alzheimer's disease, MRI, and EVestG.


Walid Ashraf, M.Sc.

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Ain Shams University, Egypt. 3 years of work experience as an R&D mechanical engineer. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering working on 3D Aero-Vibro-Acoustic modeling of the upper airway for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness.


Sadegh Marzban, M.Sc.

Sadegh received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and Master in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in Iran. He is currently a Ph.D. student focusing his studies on recording and analyzing EVestG data to investigate tACS treatment efficacy with and without cognitive exercises on Dementia.


Samaneh Azarbarzin, M.Sc.

Samaneh received her Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Shiraz University and Master in Artificial Intelligence from the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman in Iran. She is currently a Ph.D. student focusing her studies on Alzheimer's disease at the University of Manitoba.

Anabel Uehara, B.Sc.

Anabel completed a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba where she did the research for Dr. Moussavi under the NSERC URA and currently working on an Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering focusing on TMS, tACS, and Alzheimer's disease.

Rashmita Chatterjee, B.Sc.

Rashmita received her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 2020. She is currently doing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Her thesis focus is on developing a virtual reality route-learning serious game and investigating its use as a spatial orientation rehabilitation tool for older adults with dementia.

Seyedsaber Mirmiran, B.Sc., M.Sc. Comp. Eng.

Saber has received B.Sc. (2012) in Computer Hardware Engineering from the University of Mazandaran (Babol Noshirvani University of Technology) and M.Sc. (2016) in Computer Architecture Engineering from the Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran) in Iran. He started doing his second M.Sc. (2021) in Biomedical Engineering in "an online augmented virtual reality interactive training program with a focus on older adults for improving their cognitive function" and now (2022 ) is pursuing his Ph.D. in BME program.


Ali Mohammad Alqudah, M.Sc.

Alqudah received his B.Sc. in biomedical systems engineering and M.Sc. in computer engineering from Jordan in 2015 and 2018 respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D., working on developing deep learning models for assessing obstructive sleep apnea during wakefulness using acoustic signals.


Seyed Reza Razavi, M.Sc.

Seyed Reza received his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the Iran University of Science and Technology in Iran. After his M.Sc., he worked at a biomedical company for four years. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. at U of M, working on Biomedical Signal Processing and Machine Learning.

M.Sc. Candidates

Brendan Kupiak, B.Sc.

Brendan received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2016 and has work experience in the Telecommunications and GeoAnalytics industries. He is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Computer Engineering with a focus on speech signal processing and machine learning for Obstructive Sleep Apnea detection.

Abnoor Kaur, B.Sc. EIT

Abnoor completed B.Sc. in Electrical and Communication Engineering from Punjab Technical University and a certificate diploma from Centennial College in Biomedical Engineering. After which, she worked in biomedical devices field for 5 years. She is pursuing her M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with current focus in studying the efficacy of EMF blocker on sleep quality and cardiac health.

Zahra Nasresfahani, B.Sc.

Zahra received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Isfahan. She is now pursuing her M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba.

Emmanuel Olaniyonu , B.Sc

Emmanuel received his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from University of Manitoba. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Biomedical Engineering focusing on Speech Recognition.

Amir Bani Saeed , B.Sc

Amir received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (IUT). He is pursuing his master's in biomedical engineering focusing on virtual reality.
Undergraduates and Summer Students

Sarah O'Byrne, Undergraduate Elect. Eng.

Sarah is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering and specializing in Biomedical engineering. She received the NSERC award and is working under Dr. Zahra Moussavi on a smart toothbrush for people living with dementia.

Ayat Al-Fakih, Undergraduate Biosys. Eng.

Ayat is currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Biosystems engineering and specializing in biomedical engineering. She received the URA and is now working as a research assistant/tutor under Dr. Zahra Moussavi, focusing on the application of tACS to patients with Alzheimer’s disease.