Associate Professor of Radiology
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I grew up in Saskatoon and received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to Kingston to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at Queen’s University. I then spent three years as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to Winnipeg in September 2013. As a neuroscientist, my research is focused on using and improving advanced neuroimaging methods such as functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). For more information about our previous research, please see the lab’s list of papers; and to find out more about projects that we’re doing right now, please visit our research page.
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Rodrigo Dalvit Carvalho da Silva
Postdoctoral Fellow (February 2022 – present)
Rodrigo Dalvit Carvalho da Silva received a BSc in Control and Automation Engineering at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil, a MSc in Teleinformatics Engineering from the Federal University of Ceara (UFC), also in Fortaleza, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Western University (UWO), London, Canada, in 2022. He is particularly interested in image processing, feature extraction (such as orthogonal moments, PCA, and ICA), machine learning, deep learning, biomechanics, and the mechanism of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion). He is currently applying an unique 3D centerline extraction algorithm for automated coronary artery mapping and quantification. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, and preparing delicious Brazilian BBQ.
Current Graduate Students
MSc Student in Medical Physics Graduate Program (September 2021 – present)
Kaihim completed his BSc in physics at the University of Winnipeg. He then joined the lab in May 2021 as a Summer Student, and began his MSc in the Medical Physics Graduate Program in September 2021. Before this, he had previous MRI data processing experience from a previous summer in the lab (2017), and had also spent time working in Dr. Melanie Martin’s lab at the University of Winnipeg. His work with Dr. Martin involved exploring new ways to measure axon diameters using oscillating-gradient-based MRI methods. His current research interests are in characterizing the relationships between different quantitative MRI methods (e.g., diffusion imaging, myelin water imaging, quantitative susceptibility mapping, etc.) in different multiple sclerosis tissue segmentations (i.e., normal appearing white matter, white matter lesions, and deep gray matter) to streamline and improve future brain MRI studies of multiple sclerosis. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing piano and guitar.
Md Soumik Farhan
MSc Student in Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program (January 2019 – present)
Soumik joined the lab in January 2019 as a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. He was born and raised in Khulna (Bangladesh), completed his BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Islamic University of Technology, and then obtained a MSc in Biomedical Physics and Technology (with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Dhaka. His previous research involved both medical signal and image processing and investigating different ways to improve healthcare systems. His current research interests includes using advanced computational methods and machine learning methods to better understand (and hopefully resolve) neurological disorders. When he is not working, Soumik loves to read about new technologies and has plans to travel as much as possible.
MSc Student in Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program (September 2014 – May 2017))
Sohail grew up in Pakistan and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Mohammad Ali Jinnah University in Islamabad. He joined the lab in September 2014 through the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, and brought with him a wealth of expertise in image processing. While in Winnipeg, he developed advanced computational and image processing tools, and worked on validating, improving and automating our Quantitative Tract Integrity Profiles (Q-TIPs) method for along-tract white matter analyses. Following his MSc, Sohail accepted an industry position as an R&D scientist and software engineer, where he will continue to develop advanced computational approaches.
Anwar Shahadat Shatil
MSc Student in Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program (September 2014 – May 2017)
Anwar joined the lab in September 2014 as a student in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. He was born and raised in Bangladesh, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The Islamic University of Technology in Dhaka. His previous experience has focused on remote sensing and signaling systems, as wireless communications (as a Field Services Engineer at Sony Ericsson Bangladesh). His research at the UofM was focused on ex vivo human brain imaging methods and determining the effects of progressive formalin fixation on advanced quantitative MRI signals. During his spare time, Anwar is a vocalist who loves music and likes to play both cricket and soccer. After earning his MSc, Anwar accepted a position as a Research Scientist at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto (under the supervision of Dr. Richard Aviv).
MSc Student in Physiology Graduate Program (September 2015 – August 2017)
Kevin joined the lab in September 2015 as a MSc student in the Physiology and Pathophysiology Graduate program. He was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. His previous research experience as an honors student at the UofM involved examining the neuropsychological deficits associated with FASD. His MSc research will involve correlating structural and functional connectivity within the default mode, executive control and salience networks (under the co-supervision of Dr. Jennifer Kornelsen). After completing his MSc, Kevin departed Winnipeg to pursue a PhD in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Alberta (under the supervision of Dr. Christian Beaulieu).
Md Nasir Uddin
Staff Scientist and Brain Canada Platform Grant Coordinator (January 2015 – January 2018)
Nasir was born and grew up in Bangladesh, and earned a BSc in Physics from Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka. He then worked as a Lecturer in the same university for two years before moving to Canada in 2008. Nasir earned an MSc in Biophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland before pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta (under the supervision of Dr. Alan Wilman). In his PhD he worked on developing quantitative MRI transverse relaxometry methods and applications towards Multiple Sclerosis. In his spare time he enjoys driving, reading books, watching drama and movies. Upon leaving Winnipeg, Nasir has embarked on his own independent research career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester (NY, USA).
Radiology Resident (January 2014 – June 2017)
Navdeep stated working in the lab as a third-year radiology resident. Before that, she completed her undergraduate degree in microbiology, and then pursued a concurrent B.Sc. Medicine research degree while completing medical school at the University of Manitoba. During this time, she was involved in several projects using different imaging modalities such as cardiac MRI, cardiac CT and murine echocardiography. Upon entering her residency, Navdeep developed an interest in functional neuroimaging and its clinical applications. After leaving Winnipeg for Fellowship training at the University of Toronto, Navdeep has returned to the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology.
Behnoush Mortazavi Moghadam
Radiology Resident (June 2016 – June 2018)
Behnoush grew up in Iran and received her medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. She then practiced as a radiologist and faculty member in Gorgan, Iran. She joined the Figley Lab in June 2016, shortly after joining the Radiology Program in Winnipeg. She is eager to continue doing research, and is particularly interested in functional MRI and Multiple Sclerosis. In her spare time she enjoys painting, fashion design, floral design, dancing, and cooking for her family.
MSc Student in Physiology Graduate Program (September 2017 – May 2020)
Salina grew up in Toronto and received her honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Her research experiences at UHN (Canada’s largest Research Institute) and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Canada’s largest Cancer Research Center) have inspired her to pursue further research in the department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at The University of Manitoba, with particular interests in Brain Imaging and Multiple Sclerosis. Her M.Sc. research with Dr. Figley involves examining the effects that psychiatric and vascular comorbidities have on cognitive function in persons with MS, as well as the interrelationships with brain structural and functional connectivity (using advanced MRI acquisition and analysis methods). The ultimate goal of this research is to better understand cognitive impairments in MS patients and their neural correlates. Newly married and new to Winnipeg, she began volunteering with CanU Manitoba (as an Instructor for students in grades 7-12) and the S.M.I.L.E program (a volunteer mentoring program for special needs children). When she isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling and baking.
PhD Student in Physiology Graduate Program (January 2017 – May 2021)
Tiffany earned her BSc in Biopsychology at the University of Winnipeg and is now a PhD student in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba. She is currently interested in using fMRI to investigate the spinal cord’s role in affect and cognition. In her spare time, you can find Tiffany investigating fruit combinations to incorporate into delicious homemade pies.
Dr. Ramin Soltanzadeh
Research Associate (June 2019 – June 2020)
Ramin earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering in 2008 and 2011 from Shahed University of Tehran and Isfahan University, respectively. He then worked in industry as an engineer and product developer at an Iranian electronics research and development company before immigrating to Canada in 2013 to start his Ph.D. in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate program at the University of Manitoba. Since defending his Ph.D. earlier in 2019, he has been busy working as a full-time engineer and medical device designer for Cerebra Health, and has also (thankfully for us!) agreed to work part-time as a software developer and biomedical researcher in the Figely Lab.
Colleagues and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Marco Essig, Department of Radiology
Jennifer Kornelsen, Department of Radiology
Kant Matsuda, Department of Pathology
Ruth Ann Marrie, Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Chris Anderson, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics