My name is Milad, a PhD student in the Sensorimotor Neuroplasticity lab. I grew up in Iran, the other side of the planet. I started at SFU in the fall of 2019 and ever since I feel I have a new home with a nice family. After completing my MS in mechanical engineering in 2016, I founded a Biomedical engineering startup that developed devices to help older adults with presbyopia to see better. I learned that it is time to integrate my knowledge of engineering with human health-related research and that motivated me to continue my studies in BPK. Here at SFU, I have the chance to study the brain, and maybe help people survive strokes. Since childhood I have wanted to hook up a computer to my head and record my dreams, I am one step closer now!
What you do:
My work focuses on studying the motor cortex through high resolution electrophysiological procedures. We aim to determine the role of individual differences in brains in their resilience to brain injury or stroke. This can shed light on new rehabilitation and prevention methods that could be employed to improve recovery from stroke. My research involves recording and amplifying muscle activation signals (electromyography), electrical stimulation, real-time and post-analysis using coding software, and some wet-lab procedures.
Any advice you would give to starting graduates:
My advice to graduate students who are just starting in BPK is to take advantage of and learn from the multidisciplinary atmosphere in this department. Try to apply your gained knowledge to innovate and make a better and healthier life for people.
What’s your favourite movie of all time?
Any movie with planes in it is my favorite but the best of the best is 1986 “Top Gun”.
This post was originally posted to the SFU BPK Instagram on March 16, 2021.