Principal Investigator

Pouya Bashivan

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
McGill University


Graduate Students

Xiaoxuan Lei

Ph.D. student

I am a Ph.D. student in Pouya’s group. I am intrigued by how intelligent behavior emerges from neuron interactions, either biological or artificial. I build computational models of primates brain with a focus on artificial neural networks. Five facts about me: have lived in 3 different continents and North America will be the 4th one; whovian (non-certified); attempted to master Dutch, failed, same with C; 2021 (the year of ox) is my year; play the violin and good at math ;)

Maxime Daigle

Ph.D. student

I’m interested in episodic memory and memory augmented neural networks. I work on building computational models of the hippocampus. Before joining the lab, I completed my Master’s degree in Machine Learning in 2021 and received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2019. In my free time, I like to read fiction and play tabletop games.

Motahareh Pourrahimi

M.Sc. student

I am a Masters student in IPN. I received my B.S. degree in electrical engineering at University of Tehran. I am interested in understanding the brain through computational modelling and electrophysiology, working in the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I enjoy watching movies, reading, and drawing in my free time.

Lucas Gomez

M.Sc. student

I am a Masters student in IPN. I have a background in computer science and neural network modeling. I am interested in exploring the relationship between AI and the brain, and what that relationship has to offer the field of neuroscience. In my free time I like to play soccer and ski.

Ali Saheb Pasand

Ph.D. student

I am a PhD student at Mila/McGill, fortunate to study and conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Bashivan and Prof. Richards. I got my Master of Mathematics in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Before delving into computer science, I earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Wireless Communication Systems) from Amirkabir University of Technology and a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Information theory) from the University of Waterloo. Currently, my research interests revolve around three areas that I find exciting: reducing the spurious correlation in self-supervised learning methods, improving the generalization of deep neural networks, and developing efficient episodic memory modules. The thread connecting these three areas which I am going to focus on is the need for localizing the place of memorization and affecting that area. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, visiting art galleries, and watching movies.

Agnessa Karapetian

Visiting Ph.D. student

I am a visiting PhD student based at Freie Universitaet Berlin supervised by Dr. Radoslaw Cichy. I have a background in cognitive computational neuroscience and I am interested in scene perception in humans and deep neural networks. In particular, I am currently interested in how neuroscience can inspire progress in deep learning. During my lab visit, I will investigate whether training deep neural networks simultaneously on neural representations and object recognition can improve the adversarial robustness and the object recognition performance of these networks. In my free time, I like to paint, sew and play the drums.

Undergraduate Researchers

Amirozhan Dehghani

B.Sc. student

I’m an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and Computer science. I’m interested in developing hierarchical artificial neural network model of the visual cortex. I enjoy playing piano and chess in my spare time.

Vivian Li

B.Sc. student

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Psychology. I'm interested in the bi-directional relationship between artificial neural networks and the brain. I like playing the piano in my spare time.

Anthony Wilkinson

B.Sc. student

I am an undergraduate student under the Faculty of Arts and Science studying Cognitive Science and Computer Science. I'm interested in utilizing AI to increase accessibility technology for the disabled. In my spare time I enjoy card games and playing soccer.

Brune Bettler

B.Sc. student

I am an undergraduate student studying computer science and biology with a focus in neuroscience. I am fascinated by the complexity of the brain and believe that by studying and understanding its biological functioning and circuitry, the fields of engineering, AI, and others, could advance in unique and efficient ways. I hope to continue research at the intersection of these fields and to keep them in constant communication. In my free time, I love taking time to work on creating projects, spending time outside, and reading!


Helen Ren (2021-2023)

B.Sc. student

Last known location (2024): Software developer at Bioinformatics Solutions Inc.

Mark Bai (2021-2022)

B.Sc. student

Last known location (2024): McGill university, department of computer science

Reza Bayat (2021-2023)

M.Sc. student

Last known location (2024): Mila, QC, Canada