Team members

The Brain Imaging Centre is directed by Natasha Rajah, PhD and composed of:

  • 9 researchers
  • 5 post-doctoral fellows
  • 8 research assistants/technicians
  • 29 graduate students
  • 6 undergraduate students


The following labs use the Brain Imaging Centre:

  • Jorge Armony, PhD, Laboratory uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the neural bases of human emotional processing.
  • Memory and Motion Laboratory directed by Véronique Bohbot, PhD, focuses on the multiple brain areas involved in processing episodic memories (spatio-temporal information) during navigation.
  • StoP-Alzheimer Centre, directed by John Breitner, MD, studies Alzheimer’s disease in its pre-symptomatic stages.
  • Nicolas Cermakian, Ph.D., Laboratory uses brain imaging to study the involvement of circadian clocks in the control of tumour growth and in the modulation of the efficiency of immunotherapy.
  • Cecilia Flores, PhD, Laboratory, investigates brain abnormalities contributing to behaviours associated with schizophrenia and addiction.
  • Alain Gratton research team characterizes the role of dopamine in mediating responses to acute and chronic stress.
  • Fabrice Jollant, PhD focuses primarily on the cognitive and cerebral bases of vulnerability to suicide.
  • Martin Lepage, PhD, Laboratory uses brain imaging to decipher episodic memory and understand its dysfunction in schizophrenics.
  • Michael Meaney, PhD studies the effect of maternal care on the offspring's cognitive development.
  • Vasavan Nair, MD, Laboratory, evaluates the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug aimed at slowing the progression of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Jens Pruessner, PhD, Laboratory is interested in the effects of stress on the aging process and in individual differences in stress responsivity.
  • Natasha Rajah, PhD, Laboratory uses brain imaging to examine how changes in brain structure and function across the adult lifespan impacts memory and executive functions.
  • Pedro Rosa-Neto, PhD wants to better understand the neurobiological basis of major psychiatric disorders through the use of non-invasive neuromodulation.
  • Lalit Srivastava, PhD, is interested in understanding neurodevelopmental origins of schizophrenia. Using animal models and imaging, he is studying how genetic and environmental risk factors interact to affect the normal trajectory of brain maturation.
  • The research team at the eating disorder program, directed by Howard Steiger, Ph.D., addresses various aspects of the phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of Eating Disorders (EDs) in the spectrum of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa.
  • The Tidis Laboratory aims at understanding the dynamics of neural circuits that control the sleep-wake cycle in the mammalian brain.
  • The Translational Neuromodulation Laboratory studies the neurobiological basis of major psychiatric disorders through the use of non-invasive neuromodulation.
  • Claire-Dominique Walker, PhD, Laboratory studies the long-term physiological and behavioral consequences for the brain of early perinatal and neonatal exposure to stressors.
  • Tak Pan Wong, PhD, Laboratory uses brain imaging to investigate the contribution of the hippocampus to stress susceptibility.
  • The Computational Brain Anatomy (CoBrA) Laboratory is lead by Mallar Chakravarty, Ph.D., His group is a dynamic multi-disciplinary laboratory that is interested the anatomy of the brain