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Post Doctoral

Post Doctoral Studies

Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates are invaluable members of our neuroscience community at Queen’s University. We are currently in the process of revising our governing constitution to add these individuals to the membership status roster of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies. If you are looking for a placement as a postdoctoral fellow, please take some time on our Faculty & Research page where you will find links to exciting scientific breakthroughs in our various fields of specialization.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Ying Chen 

PhD:  York University, Toronto, Ontario

Currently working with Dr. Doug Munoz

Research Interest:  Ying’s research focuses on identifying biomarkers for speed of processing deficits in neurodegenerative diseases as well as investigating the deteriorated neural circuitry for saccade control by combining eye tracking data with data from other platforms within Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI).

Andrea de Lima-Pardini 

PhD:  University of São Paulo - Brazil

Currently working with Dr. Stephen Scott

Research Interest:  Andrea’s current research uses an animal model to investigate neuronal reorganization and motor impairments after focal brain cooling (virtual lesion). Her main interests comprise the neural correlates of movement disorders and rehabilitation.

Natalia Lyra e Silva 

PhD:  Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Currently working with Dr.s Doug Munoz and Fernanda de Felice

Research Interest:  Natalia is interested in understanding the molecular alterations underlying brain diseases, with focus on Alzheimer's disease and the mechanisms of crosstalk between the brain and the periphery.

Peter Gagolewicz 

PhD: Queen’s University

Currently working with Dr.’s David Andrew and Brian Bennett

Research interest: Peter work involves synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer’s, and ischemic stroke.  His doctoral research examined synaptic plasticity and metaplasticity in the adult brain, especially how it relates to learning and memory. More recently he has have taken an interest in hippocampal plasticity in animal models of Alzheimer's disease, as well as the cellular mechanisms of neuronal damage during ischemic stroke.

Hui Guang 

PhD:  Tsinghua Univeristy, Beijing, China

Currently working with Dr. Stephen Scott

Research Interest:  Hui’s Ph.D work is mainly focused on modeling of sensorimotor control, including the modeling of proprioceptive recognition with ANN, state estimation with Bayesian filtering, and spinal reflex of focal vibration. He is currently working on the neural substrates of sensorimotor control with non-human primates, including the cocontraction and gain scaling effect.

Emily Hawken 

PhD:  Queen’s University, Ontario

Currently working with Dr. Muhammad Ayub

Research Interests:   Emily is a cellular and molecular electrophysiologist, with extensive research training in behavioral and clinical neuroscience. Her research interests are in identifying neural and genetic substrates of behaviors to better understand the origins of psychiatric neuropathologies.

Shoko Kasuga

PhD:  The University of Tokyo, Japan

Currently working with Dr. Stephen Scott

Research Interest:  Shoko is interested in how the human brain integrates multiple sources of sensory information to guide motor actions.

Chloe Cydalise Nobis 

PhD:  University of Montreal, Quebec

Currently working with Dr. Nader Ghasemlou

Research Interest:  Chloe is interested in understanding the contribution of circadian clocks in the immune response. Her current research project is about the circadian control of pain in naive animal and in a mouse model of chronic pain (spared nerve injury).

Jacqueline Raymondi Silva 

PhD:  University of São Paulo, Brazil

Currently working with Dr. Nader Ghasemlou

Research interest: Jacqueline’s research is in neuroimmunology, pain, inflammation, behavioural analyses.

Calvin P Sjaarda 

PhD:  Brock University, Ontario

Currently working at the Queen’s Genomics Lab at Ongwanada (Q-GLO)

Research interests: Calvin’s research interests are in the Identification and characterization of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors underlying complex neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD and ADHD, and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Brian White


PhD:  Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Currently working with Dr. Doug Munoz

Research Interest:  Brian studies the circuits and processes associated with visually guided eye movements using specialized eye movement tasks, and single/multichannel extracellular recording techniques in brain areas such as superior colliculus and the primary visual cortex (V1).