Team

Emily BJ Coffey, Ph.D.

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. I received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2016 from McGill University (Prof. Robert Zatorre), an M.Sc. (Research) in Brain and Cognitive Science in 2009 from the University of Amsterdam, and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009 I worked as a Human Behaviour and Performance specialist and trainer at the European Space Agency (European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, Germany), and between 2002 and 2005 I worked as a flight and theory instructor on light aircraft at several airports in Ottawa, Canada. Most recently, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Born.

Pouya Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

I am a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2017 from University of Trento/Italy under the supervision of Prof. Nicu Sebe where my research was focused on “Brain Decoding”. I also received my M.Sc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the same university in 2013. Before joining Emily’s lab, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Liege/Belgium where I was investigating the relationship between sleeping patterns and the genetics (e.g. the polygenic risk score for AD) and I had a chance to work closely with Prof. Peter Visscher. My research interests lie in the area of Machine Learning, Health, Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computer Vision.

Hugo Jourde

I am a PhD student at Concordia University, working on how brain state affects sensory representation, the function of sleep spindles, and the role of spindle-slow-oscillation coupling in memory consolidation across the lifespan. I am also collaborating with MIST Lab (Polytechnique de Montréal) to create an open-source, low-cost, portable EEG system capable of real-time brain stimulation.

Jacek Chudy

I am a PhD student at Concordia University, co-supervised by Dr. Emily Coffey and Dr. Robert Zatorre (McGill). I studied Liberal arts and sciences before specializing in neuroscience at Maastricht Science Programme. Afterwards, I obtained my Research Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience also in Maastricht, where in my final year I completed an internship at Dr. Coffey’s lab in diffusion-weighted MRI and sleep. During my PhD, I will be focusing on how very strong magnets can help us understand the auditory system, white matter, plasticity and sleep.

Keelin Greenlaw

I am an MA student at Concordia University, co-supervised by Dr. Chris Steele. I am studying the role of the cerebellum in sleep-dependent memory consolidation of motor sequence learning, and decoding replay in sleep.

Marie-Anick Savard

I am an MA student at Concordia University, co-supervised by Dr. Mickael Deroche. My interests are in misophonia (i.e. a disorder in which certain sounds trigger strong emotional or physiological responses).

Caroline Holden

I am an undergrad majoring in psychology. After getting music degrees at McGill (BMus) and the Manhattan School of Music (MMus), I spent many years performing and teaching. Recently, I’ve returned to school to get the credits I need to apply to a speech-language pathology program. I’d like to help singers recover from voice disorders, with a specific focus on disorders arising from hormonal changes during perimenopause/menopause. Being part of Emily Coffey’s lab is opening my eyes to a whole new world!

Noam Thillou

I am an undergraduate research volunteer working on the effect of sleep and sleep-dependent memory consolidation on Mandarin speech tone learning.

Arina Ujevco

I am an undergraduate thesis student and an NSERC USRA Summer student (Summer 2020). I am working on closed-loop auditory stimulation of sleep spindles.

Vanessa Correia

I am an undergraduate thesis student interested in complex skill learning in  older adults.

Laura Lentini

I am an undergraduate research course student interested in neuroimaging, and resting-state fMRI predictors of speech-in-noise performance between musicians and non-musicians.

Past members

  • Camille Bouhour (2019-2020) – Undergraduate volunteer and RA
  • Khashayar (James) Zardoui (2018-2019) – Undergraduate volunteer
  • Sebastian Dresbach (2019) – Thesis Master’s student visiting from Maastricht University (co-supervision with host Robert Zatorre, McGill)
  • Diane Lenormand (2019) – Thesis Master’s student visiting from École Polytechnique, Paris (co-supervision with host Sylvain Baillet, McGill
  • Jasmine Seguin (2019-2020) – Undergraduate thesis student
  • Matthew Mignacca (2019) – Undergraduate volunteer
  • Alexandre Piot (2019) – Undergraduate volunteer
  • Reyan Restani (2019) – Thesis Master’s student visiting from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse (Neurosciences and Neuropsychology)
  • Heleen Verbist (2019) – Thesis master’s student from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium
  • Sai Chong Yeh (2019) – Visiting PhD student from University of Malaya
  • Wei Wei Heng (2019) – Visiting PhD student from University of Malaya
  • Aurélien de la Chapelle (2018-2019) – Visiting Master’s student from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris

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