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Meet Our Team

The Hearts and Brains of the Lab

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Principal Investigator

GAVIN WINSTON

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Graduate Student

THEODORE ALIYIANIS

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Graduate Student

ADAM FALAH

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Graduate Student

ANDREA ELLSAY

GAVIN WINSTON

Associate Professor of Neurology

EMBA - Quantic School of Business and Technology, 2022
BSc - The Open University, 2014
PhD - University College London, 2013
MBBS - Oxford University, 2003
BA - Cambridge University, 2000

Gavin Winston is a clinician scientist and neurologist/epileptologist who leads the WiNTER Lab that he established at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in 2015 and moved to Queen's University from 2019. His research interests lie in the use of multimodal information and computational approaches including neuroimaging, neurophysiology, robotics and machine learning to the diagnosis and treatment of people with epilepsy, with a strong focus on clinical translation. He trained and worked in the UK (University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University College London) for a couple of decades before moving over to Canada with his family. On the rare occasions he is not working, he is interested in music (including playing the organ), hiking, swimming and is perfecting his skating/skiing for the Canadian winters.

THEODORE ALIYIANIS

Graduate Student, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

MSc - Neuroscience, Queen's University, Present
BSc (Hons) - Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Toronto, 2021

Theo’s translational research focuses on assessing the unique cognitive profiles of people with epilepsy using robotics. Frequent neuropsychological assessment in clinic is difficult, Theo’s research aims to make it more accessible through the validation of robotics in epilepsy. As a graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, he acquired his double major in Neuroscience and Psychology, with a minor in Biology. As a Co-Lead of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies’ outreach program, Theo keeps himself busy managing both his research and outreach ventures for the centre. Ultimately, he is hoping that his research can someday be used in the clinic to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy, through the frequent measurement and management of their cognition. 

ADAM FALAH

Graduate Student, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

MSc - Neuroscience, Queen's University, Present
BSc (Hons) - Neuroscience, Lakehead University, 2022

Adam Falah is a graduate student in the Centre for Neuroscience at Queen's University. His research interests involve temporal lobe epilepsy, cognition, neural coding, robotics, machine learning, and seizure control. His current graduate research is focused on establishing robotic technology to assess sensorimotor and cognitive impairment and disability in people with epilepsy. The main goal of Adam’s research is to replace the current assessment approach by using robotics to provide a faster, more sensitive, and inexpensive assessment method. When he is not working on his research, Adam likes to spend his time in the gym, with family and friends or listening to podcasts.

ANDREA ELLSAY

Graduate Student, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

MSc - Neuroscience, Queen's University, Present
BSc (Hons) - Life Sciences, Queen's University, 2022

Andrea took her undergrad at Queen's in Life Sciences with a specialization in biomedical discovery. She is currently a Master's student with research interests in data analysis, neuroimaging, and neurological disorders such as epilepsy.

Her current project utilizes fMRI data and computation neuroimaging methods to implement multimodal data integration in the assessment and planning of epilepsy surgery. The goal is to create a clinically useful pre-surgical protocol of several neuroimaging methods which can be implemented by epilepsy centers around the world to benefit patient management and lead to better surgical planning. In her spare time, you can find Andrea playing chess, hanging with friends and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

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Directed Project Student

MADELINE HOPKINS

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Research Technician

BROOKE BEATTIE

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Research Volunteer

GAVIN HUGHES

MADELINE HOPKINS

 Directed Project Student

MSc - Neuroscience, Queen's University, Present
BSc (Hons) - Life Sciences, Queen's University, Present

Maddie Hopkins is a student at Queen’s University enrolled in a combined BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences and MSc in Neuroscience. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys listening to music, going for hikes with her dog Billie, and spending time with her family and friends. Her research interests include clinical neuroscience, neuroimaging, and disorders of the nervous system such as epilepsy.

 

Maddie is currently working on a research project that involves neuroimaging in patients with epilepsy. This project is enhancing her understanding of functional MRI, and presurgical assessment before epilepsy surgery. In the future Maddie hopes to attend medical school with the aspiration of translating her research experience into clinical practice.

BROOKE BEATTIE

Research Technician, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

BSc (Hons) - Life Sciences, Queen's University, 2022

Brooke graduated from Queen's University in the spring of 2022 with a BSc (Hons). She majored in Life Sciences and minored in Psychology, with an interest in neuroscience. Upon graduation, she joined the WiNTER Lab where she is currently working on two translational research projects. The first project is focused on improving neuropsychological assessments of cognitive dysfunctions in people with epilepsy through the use of robotics. The second project is focused on developing a multimodal predictive model of seizure recurrence to inform the treatment of patients after an unprovoked first seizure. Brooke's research interests include cognitive neuroscience, neurology, and clinical neuropsychology. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys hiking, travelling, spending time with friends and family, and immersing herself in music, books, and films. 

GAVIN HUGHES

Research Volunteer

BHSc (Hons) - Research Methodology, Population Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University, Present

Gavin is currently in his fourth year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at Queen’s University. His role in the WiNTER Lab has involved exploring clinical management at the first seizure clinic, but more generally, his primary research interests involve the neurological mechanisms involved in language, learning, and motivation. In Gavin's free time he enjoys playing hockey, spending time with family, and recommending an excessive number of podcasts to friends.

Our Collaborators

Headshots by Evelina Borvanova |  19eb27@queensu.ca

Our Alumni

Queen's University

1 / VISHAL CHOTARA

Masters of Biomedical Informatics, School of Computing

(Sep 2021 - Jun 2022)

2 / MADELEINE FALBY

BSc (Hons) Arts and Sciences – Life Sciences, NSCI499 Project (Sep 2021 – Jun 2022)

3 / LAUREL CHARLESWORTH

Sleep Fellow (Jul 2021 - Jun 2022)

4 / SIMON BESHARA

Neurology Resident (Apr 2021 – Present)

5 / MAHSA AGHAEEAVAL

Masters of Biomedical Informatics, School of Computing

(Sep 2020 - Jun 2021)

6 / RICHARD LIU

Neurology Resident (Jul 2020 - Jun 2021)

7 / NINA (XINYU) WANG

Masters of Management in Artificial Intelligence, Smith Business School (Jun 2020 - Sep 2020)

8 / JERRY LIU

Masters of Management in Artificial Intelligence, Smith Business School (Jun 2020 - Sep 2020)

9 / NATHANIEL BENDAHAN

Neurology Resident (Jan 2020 - Jun 2021)

10 / ANDREA PERERA-ORTEGA

Bachelor of Computing (Hons) – Computing, School of Computing (Jan 2020 - Apr 2020)

11 / JONAH ISEN

Bachelor of Computing (Hons) – Biomedical Computing

(Jan 2020 - Apr 2020)

12 / SPENCER FINN

MSc in Neuroscience, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

(Sep 2019 - Jun 2021)

13 / LAYLA YAGI

BSc (Hons) Arts and Science – Life Sciences

(Sep 2019 - Apr 2020)

14 / ANDREW KAO

BSc (Hons) Arts and Science – Life Sciences

(Sep 2019 - Apr 2020)

University College London

Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences

15 / BARIS KANBER

Post-Doc in Machine Learning (June 2018 - Dec 2020)

16 / CLIO HARMAN

Research Nurse (Feb 2018 - Apr 2019)

17 / MAHA ELBADRI

MSc in Clinical Neurology (Oct 2017 - Sep 2018)

18 / ERNO LASZLO

MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (Oct 2016 - Sep 2017)

19 / ROMINA SANCHEZ HERNANDEZ

MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (Oct 2016 - Sep 2017)

20 / SAMIRA KASHEFI

MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging (Oct 2016 - Sep 2017)

21 / SUMIT DEY

MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (Oct 2016 - Sep 2017)

22 / MONIKA CZECH

Research Nurse (Aug 2016 - Sep 2017)

23 / ZANIB IAYAZ

MSc Advanced Neuroimaging (Oct 2015 - Jan 2017)

24 / SILVANA SOBRAL DOS SANTOS

MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging (Oct 2015 - Sep 2016)

25 / LORENZO CACIAGLI

PhD in Neuroscience (May 2015 - Jul 2019)

Medical Physics and Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering Sciences

26 / CRISTIANA-EUGENIA TISCA

MSc Natural Sciences (Neuroscience and Medical Physics) (Jun 2017 - Jul 2017)

27 / MEI IOK CHIANG

MSc Physics & Engineering in Medicine (Oct 2015 - Sep 2016)

28 / ANNELINDE BUIKEMA

MSc Medical Physics (Jun 2015 - Oct 2015)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging

29 / OSCAR BENNETT

MRes in Medical Imaging (Sep 2015 - Jun 2017)

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