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Lab members

Olivia Dell’Unto, B.Sc.
Research Technologist

Olivia Dell’Unto works as a research technologist for the POND research projects that Dr. Margot Taylor and Dr. Jason Lerch are involved with. Her role is to coordinate the neuroimaging scans for the SickKids and Holland Bloorview sites. She received her B.Sc. in neuroscience at the University of Toronto and previously worked with children and adults as a registered polysomnographic (sleep) technologist.

Benjamin A.E. Hunt, PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Ben completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham (UK) under the primary supervision of Dr. Matthew Brookes, as part of the UK MEG Partnership. His thesis was titled Individual Differences and Brain Structure: Correlates with Magnetoencephalography. Before starting his PhD, Ben completed an M.Sc. in cognitive neuroscience at the University of York (UK) and a B.Sc. in psychology at Bournemouth University (UK). Starting April 2017, Ben will be applying static and dynamic connectivity measures to paediatric MEG data acquired in both task and task-free scenarios. Ben will also be investigating the structure-function relationship by combining MEG connectivity measures with structural MRI data (Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Magnetization Transfer (MT)).

MyLoi Huynh-Silveira, BA, B.Ed.
Clinical Research Project Coordinator

MyLoi Huynh-Silveira is a Research Project Coordinator who works with children and adults on various studies that focus on attention, memory, and emotional and social processes using magnetoencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging.  

She received her H.B.A from the University of Toronto and her B.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, (OISE/UT).

Marc Lalancette, M.Sc.
MEG Lab Manager

Marc Lalancette's main responsibility is to operate and maintain the new research MEG system, manage the research MEG lab and assist researchers at any step of their project when needed, from the implementation of their experimental design to data analysis. 

Marc has a background in physics (B.Sc. UdM 2003, M.Sc. UBC 2008) with some MATLAB and C programming experience, and has interests in improving MEG analysis  tools and techniques. 

Rachel Leung, MA
Doctoral Student

Rachel Leung is a graduate student working with Dr. Taylor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Psychology. Her work on the neural mechanisms underlying affective processing across development in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is supported by the SickKids Research Training Competition (Restracomp) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University. 

Julie Lu, B.Sc.
Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Julie Lu is a Research Project Coordinator working on several research studies involving children and adults. These studies use magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate cognitive development. The main interests of the studies involve attention, memory, emotional expression processing and recognition. Julie received her B.Sc. from McMaster University.

Sarah Mossad, MA
Doctoral Student

Sarah received her B.Sc. in psychology and biology at the University of Toronto and her MA from the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Sarah studies the development of the preterm brain and the associated social, cognitive and emotional outcomes. She uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) and fMRI to delineate the neural mechanisms involved in social cognitive and emotional processing as well as how and when these brain regions communicate in the preterm brain. Future projects will also investigate the structural connectivity to determine whether differences at birth remain during the school age years and how they contribute to academic and social functioning.

Kristina Safar, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Kristina graduated with a Specialized Honours BA in psychology in 2009 at York University and MA in psychology in 2012 at Ryerson University. In 2017, she completed her PhD in psychology at Ryerson University. In her PhD, Kristina investigated the ways in which experience with particular face types and emotional faces influence the development of emotional face processing, using both behavioural and electrophysiological metrics. 

Kristina is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the lab. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), her research investigates functional connectivity among brain regions during emotion processing across the lifespan, in both typically developing individuals and individuals with ASD.

Julie Sato, B.Sc.
Master’s Student

Julie completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience and anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is a currently a MA candidate at the University of Toronto within the Department of Psychology. She joined the Taylor lab in November of 2013 as an undergraduate research student and has worked on several projects under Dr. Taylor’s supervision. Her past research involves studying the neural correlates underlying emotion regulation in children born very preterm. 

As a Master’s student, Julie will be exploring the functional networks involved in working memory processes in young children born preterm using MEG. She will also be working on the OptiMoM project for her MA/PhD studies, which is led by principal investigators Dr. Deborah O’ Connor and Dr. Sharon Unger. Julie will be investigating how donor milk compared to preterm formula as a supplement to mother’s milk affects measures brain structure and function. In her free time, Julie enjoys cooking, yoga, exploring new hiking trails, and traveling!

Seetha Sriharan, B.Sc.

Seetha Sriharan is a graduate from Ryerson University and has a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and Biological Sciences. She has been employed by SickKids since August 2013 and was with SickKids from 2006 to 2007 before she moved to Bermuda for five years. She is employed by the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. She assists with all the administrative needs of Taylor and her lab.

Marlee Vandewouw, M.ASc.
Research Analyst

Marlee Vandewouw has completed a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and engineering at Queen's University and a Master's in industrial engineering at the University of Toronto. She has been working in the Taylor Lab since 2016. She is responsible for the processing and analysis of a variety of MRI data, including functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetic transfer ratio.

Vanessa Vogan, MA
Doctoral Student

Vanessa Vogan completed her Masters in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.  She is currently in her 4th year of doctoral studies in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her main focus of research is in the developmental trajectory of executive functioning working memory in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using structural and functional neuroimaging techniques.  

Simeon Wong, B.ASc.
Research Analyst

Simeon M Wong has been a research analyst in the Taylor Lab since 2015. He is responsible for the processing and analysis of MEG data to localize activations, describe temporal and spectral patterns, and characterize functional connectivity and network dynamics during higher order cognition. This has led him to be involved with studies on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), premature birth, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Simeon originally started off as a research student in 2011, working on connectivity analysis and visualization of intracranial EEG and epilepsy. Simeon completed his Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering in Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto, with a focus on biomedical systems engineering. Alongside a good coffee, Simeon enjoys listening to random podcasts and reading in his spare time.

Annette Ye, B.Sc.
Doctoral Stucent

Annette is a graduate student in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She received her B.Sc. in anatomy and cell biology from McGill University in 2012. Currently she is exploring the impact of autism and prematurity on functional architecture of large-scale networks using MEG.

Julia Young, MA
Doctoral Student

Julia Young is currently a PhD student in psychology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the connection between early brain development and neuropsychological functioning in very preterm born children. She completed her undergraduate studies in biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Veronica Yuk, MA
Doctoral Student

Veronica Yuk is a graduate student in Dr. Taylor’s lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to study the temporal dynamics of brain processes underlying theory of mind in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as the relationship between theory of mind and executive functions in autism. She completed her B.Sc. in neuroscience at McGill University.