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.

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. In 2021, he started doing his second M.Sc. with a focus on Biomedical Engineering, specializing in an online augmented virtual reality interactive training program designed to enhance cognitive function in older adults. This journey has evolved into his current pursuit: a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering which his research centers around the development of Virtual Reality Driving Simulator tailored for advanced Alzheimer’s disease patients.


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.


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 M.Sc. student focusing her studies on Alzheimer's disease at the University of Manitoba.

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.

Omid Ehsani, B.Sc

Omid received his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Now, he is studying M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on EvestG, tACS, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Vahid Bastani, B.Sc

Vahid received his B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) in 2022. Currently, he is pursuing a M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, focusing on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) detection.

Pardis Ghavami, B.Sc

Pardis received her bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Kurdistan, Iran. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Alzheimer's disease research.

Madhuri Sinha, B.Sc

Madhuri completed her B.E. with a Hons. in Medical Electronics Engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering, India. Currently, she is pursuing an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and working on research focused on EEG analysis and Obstructive Sleep Apnea under Dr. Moussavi..
Undergraduates and Summer Students

Matthew Band, Undergraduate Comp. Eng.

Matthew is a final-year undergraduate BSc. Computer Engineer who is now in the field of biomedical research, investigating an acoustic transfer function for modelling the upper airway.