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Sujoy Ghosh Hajra (Co-Founder and Program Coordinator)

Sujoy Ghosh Hajra, P.Eng., is the Chief Technology Officer of Surrey NeuroTech Lab. He has a background in both Computer and Biomedical Engineering, and is involved in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for various brain diseases and disorders. Prior to this, he worked at the National Research Council Canada, where he played a vital role in the development of several breakthrough medical technologies, such as the NeuroTouch and the Halifax Consciousness Scanner. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of several awards in recent years, such as the Top Twenty 20-somethings in Nova Scotia, the C.D. Nelson Memorial Scholarship, Provost Prize of Distinction and the Computer World Canada’s IT Leadership Award.

Careesa Liu (Co-Founder and Program Coordinator)

Careesa Liu is a biomedical engineer currently pursuing her PhD in the NeuroTech Lab. She is a recipient of the CIHR Doctoral Award, and her research focuses on resting state brain activity and the development of novel medical technologies for monitoring recovery from major brain trauma as well as dementia. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Prior to SFU, she worked for the National Research Council Canada in Halifax, where she co-invented the Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS), a portable device for assessing brain function in behaviorally unresponsive brain-injured patients. She also collaborated with researchers at Cambridge University to develop a novel imaging sequence for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which improved scanning efficiency and data quality. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at several international conferences.

Betty Chinda (Program Coordinator 2019)

Betty is a Masters Student of the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and is a fellow of the CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) supported by the BC SUPPORT Unit, Fraser Center. Her research interests lies in meaningful engagement of patient partners to conduct research studies that employs brain imaging techniques (MRI) to understand recovery patterns in acquired brain injury especially stroke. She also has interest in understanding the principles underlying healthy aging, frailty and age-related cognitive decline including Alzheimers Disease. She credits the kick-off of her research career to the SCORE program which she first enrolled in in 2016 as an undergraduate student of Behavioural Neuroscience at SFU. 

Tory Frizzell (Program Coordinator 2019)

Tory Frizzell is pursuing her Master’s in Engineering Science in the NeuroTech Lab. She holds a B.ENG in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Guelph. Her current research focuses on optimizing high field magnetic resonance imaging capabilities for the detection of functional activity in white matter brain tissue. Prior to this she worked for the Ottawa Heart Institute with a large variety of medical technologies such as CT scanners, Cyclotrons, and dialysis machines as well as on issues of cardiac tissue regulation during organ transportation. She is the recipient of several awards such as the NSERC Industrial Research Award and the Leacross Foundation Endowment for Women in Biomedical Engineering.

Lukas Grajauskas (Program Coordinator 2018)

Lukas Grajauskas is a Masters Student in the Surrey NeuroTech Lab at Simon Fraser University. He holds a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience from SFU, and is focused on finding new ways to apply multimodal neurotechnology to investigate some of the biggest medical problems facing us today. Specifically, his research looks at new ways to diagnose and track Alzheimers Disease and dementia, as well as the development of fMRI methods that allow us to detect activation in the brain’s white matter. He has authored publication in peer-reviewed journals, and is the recipient of an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, as well as the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship in Aging and Nutrition Research.

Shaun Fickling (Program Coordinator 2016)

Shaun Fickling is a PhD Candidate in the Surrey NeuroTech Lab at Simon Fraser University. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering (with Honours) and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Shaun’s passion is for developing medical technologies that address real-world health issues. At UCT he was part of a group that developed a low-cost, automated fluorescence microscope to rapidly detect tuberculosis bacilli in sputum samples. He also designed a kinematic prediction algorithm for non-contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in athletes. His current research in Neurotechnology is focused on creating portable, patient-specific applications to advance the diagnosis and monitoring of concussions.

Gabriela Pawlowski (Program Coordinator 2016)

Gabriela Pawlowski is a Masters Student in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science from UBC and is now working with both the Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab at SFU Burnaby and the NeuroTech lab in Surrey. She has worked in psychology labs at UBC and SFU, focusing on cognition and motor learning, gaining experience in neuroimaging technologies (i.e. EEG and fMRI). Currently her research in neuroscience is focused on monitoring the effects of head impacts, concussions as well as aging and dementia on cognitive function.

Dr Ryan D'Arcy (Advisor)

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy is a neuroscientist and renowned expert in translating brain imaging advances into health care innovations. Dr. D’Arcy received his B.Sc. from University of Victoria (with distinction), M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, and completed post-doctoral training in Medical Technologies at the National Research Council (NRC). He then went on to establish the world-renowned NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics (Atlantic) in Halifax where as the Institute’s head and senior research officer, Dr. D’Arcy attracted over $50 million in investments in advanced biomedical imaging and established a critical mass of scientists, engineers, and clinicians focused on health technology advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological patients. He has over 150 published works, has been named a “Kickass Canadian,” and has several emerging technology products to help people manage devastating impacts of brain diseases and disorders. Currently, Dr. D’Arcy serves as Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technologies for Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation and Head of Health Sciences and Innovation at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital. Dr. D’Arcy has joined forces with the City of Surrey to drive the rapid development of Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard, which will focus BC’s technology sector into a global leader of health care innovation.

Rowena Rizzotti (Advisor)

Rowena Rizzotti has been a highly successful healthcare leader with more than 30 years experience in executive-level leadership roles across multi-site, complex health and business environments.

Rowena holds two Masters Degrees in Management and Business Administration (MBA) and also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry from UBC. She is clinically trained as both a nurse and a paramedic.

Rowena served as VP of Operations for BC’s largest private seniors’ care operator and also served as a Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority among many other healthcare leadership roles. Rowena earned wide acclaim for her senior leadership of Fraser Heath's Clinical Programs and Operations including Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and for overseeing the largest investment in BC’s history; a $500 million critical care tower in Surrey, BC. Rowena is a founder of Innovation Boulevard, is responsible for having developed the research and innovation strategy in 2012, and developed an innovation centre for healthy aging which won a 2015 Innovator of the Year Award in BC. Rowena currently serves as the Vice President of Healthcare and Innovations for two private health sector company’s, is a member of the Conference Board of Canada Council for Innovation and Commercialization and is a Mentor for SFU Beedie School of Business as well as Founder and Chief Executive for the Institute for Healthcare Innovations. 

Mary Carmen Graham (Advisor)

Mary Carmen Graham has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is bringing 30 years of experience working in several countries like Mexico, Spain, and Canada in the development of new markets in different fields. Her experience in commercial and administrative management brought her to Surrey Memorial Hospital five years ago. She is currently managing all the administrative tasks at the Neurotech Lab and has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the SCORE program. Mary Carmen is enthusiastic in enrolling students as they contribute and enrich the learning environment with their fresh perspectives and ideas.  Particularly for the SCORE Program, she makes sure it runs smoothly for the sake of the Neurotech lab and the students.

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