LAB MEMBERS

We are a group of applied mathematicians and neuroscientists whose aim is to understand how the fine-scale dynamics of neural populations translates to perception and cognition.

Lyle Muller

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics
Brain and Mind Institute
Western University

Lyle Muller's research spans neuroscience, computational modeling, and applied mathematics. His work centers on developing new approaches to large-scale recordings of neural population dynamics in cortex. After studying computational neuroscience at Brown University, Lyle completed a PhD in computational/theoretical neuroscience with Alain Destexhe (CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette). He then moved to San Diego for postdoctoral research with Terry Sejnowski in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) at the Salk Institute.

Maryam H. Mofrad

Fields Institute Postdoctoral Scholar [co-supervised with Ana Suller Marti]
Brain and Mind Institute
Western University

Maryam is a postdoctoral scholar at Western's Brain and Mind Institute. Her research interests include mathematical modeling and optimization, sequential decision making, data analytics, and machine learning. She received her PhD in operations research from University of Pittsburgh with a focus on decision making under uncertainty and its application in medical decision making. Prior to joining computational neuroscience, she worked as a quantitative modeler and data scientist in the financial sector.

Federico Pasini

Postdoctoral Scholar [co-supervised with Boyu Wang and Ján Mináč]
Department of Mathematics
Western University

Federico is a postdoctoral researcher in Mathematics at Western. His research centers on several interconnected areas, including algebraic topology, algebraic number theory, geometric group theory, Galois cohomology and their applications to the study of networks, graphs, and neural systems. Before coming to Western, Federico completed a PhD in Mathematics with Thomas Weigel at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) in 2017.

Gabriel Benigno

Doctoral Student
Department of Applied Mathematics
Western University

Gabriel completed his Bachelor of Science with specialized honors in Biophysics at York University and his Master of Science in Medical Biophysics at Western. His Master's thesis is on a novel artifact removal technique for EEG acquired in the presence of fMRI that uses the discrete spectrum of the Schrödinger operator. Gabriel's research interests include the use of signal processing, nonlinear dynamics, and machine learning to answer neuroscientific questions.

Kartik Pradeepan

Doctoral Student [co-supervised with Julio Martinez-Trujillo]
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Western University

Kartik received his Bachelor of Science with an honors double major in Genetics and Physiology from Western University. With his experience in stem cells, neurophysiology, and neuroepigenetics of intellectual disability, he aims to reveal differences in early circuit development in Rett Syndrome and SHANK2-related Autism Spectrum Disorder using computational analyses and modeling.

Aishwarya Pathak

Doctoral Student
Neuroscience Program
Western University

Aishwarya completed her Bachelor of Science with specialization in Zoology from Pune University and her Master of Science in Neuroscience from University College London (UCL). Her prior research has focused on using neuroimaging techniques and bioinformatics data analysis to explore the link between brain aging, obesity and Alzheimer's Disease. Aishwarya's research in the lab aims to use signal processing, computational modeling, and neuroimaging to study neural dynamics during sleep, development, and age-related neurodegeneration.

Esther Yartey

Master's Student
Department of Applied Mathematics
Western University

Esther completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics at University of Ghana, a Master's degree in Mathematical Sciences at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences-Cameroon, and her Master of Science in Computational Sciences at Laurentian University. She is using her expertise in computational science, graph theory, matrix computations, and high-performance computing to find new, innovative computational techniques and mathematical models for structure in brain networks.

Igor Carrara

Visiting Master's Student
Program in Theoretical Physics
University of Milano-Bicocca

Igor's course of study has focused on a mathematical and computational framework for understanding and extending the knowledge of particles, forces, space-time, and the Universe. In this study, advanced computational tools are necessary to design and interpret experiments and computer simulations. In particular, Igor specializes in Computational Physics and the development of modern Monte Carlo simulations to solve analytical problems. His research interests in the lab are focused on understanding the processes of learning and memory in the human brain.

Jacqueline Doan

Undergraduate Student
Applied Mathematics
Western University

Jacqueline is an undergraduate student pursuing an Honours Specialization in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Western. Her research interests are in network theory, random graph theory, and their application to neural networks. In particular, she is currently studying the theory of random matrices and random graphs.

Amal Rizvi

Undergraduate Student
Medical Sciences
Western University

Amal is an undergraduate student in Medical Sciences at Western. Her professional interests include research, innovation and technology in regards to human biological processes, with applications to the nervous system. She is particularly fascinated by approaching problems regarding the neural system from both a biological and mathematical lens and further applying this knowledge to the medical field.

Tyreek Gaynor-Fray

Undergraduate Student
Health Sciences
Western University

Tyreek is an undergraduate student in Health Sciences at Western. His interest is in researching novel ways to detect disorders of the body by integrating computational analysis to reach efficacious conclusions. In the lab, Tyreek is helping to analyze activity patterns in electrode recordings across multiple biological systems. His career aspiration is to apply health science with data science to better medicine.

Morteza Al Rabya

Undergraduate Student
Medical Biophysics and Mathematics
Western University

Morteza is an undergraduate student in Medical Biophysics and Mathematics at Western. His research interests include using theoretical approaches such as complex network theory to model dynamics in cortex. In the lab, he is analyzing multimodal sensor data and developing computational models of biological systems.