Current Lab Members
Lexie Delisle - BSc Student
Lexie is a Western Scholars third year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology at Western University. She completed an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship at Western with a focus on the effects of exercise rehabilitation characteristics on stroke outcomes. Outside of her academics, Lexi is a varsity athlete on the Western women’s lacrosse team, enjoys playing piano, and is the President of motionball Western - a non-profit organization in support of Special Olympics Canada.
Ali Doroodchi - MSc Student
Ali is a Master of Science student in the Neuroscience program at the Western University. His research is focused on investigating the brain activities associate with the initiation of walking. He received an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Outside of the lab, Ali enjoys exercising, car racing, and video games.
Nathan Durand - Research Assistant
Nathan is a Physiotherapist working in inpatient Complex Care at Parkwood Institute. He received his Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physical Therapy from Western University. He has been working in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation since beginning his career in 2019. Nathan enjoys walking with and learning from his patients every day, and has a passion for furthering his knowledge both clinically and academically. He has a passion for neuroscience and is seeking to contribute to research that connects science with rehabilitation. Nathan is excited to support the Peters Lab with new research on the use of fNIRS and FES cycling in the stroke population. Beyond work, you can often find Nathan spending time with his family, doing puzzles, and reading science fiction.
Nellie Krougly - BSc Student
Nellie is a fourth year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience at Western University. After finishing a third year independent study project, she is now working on her honours thesis. She is interested in using TMS to investigate the effects of attention during a motor task on cortical excitability. In addition to neuroscience, Nellie enjoys playing and teaching piano, weightlifting, and baking.
Sean Lai - MSc Student
Sean is a Master of Science student in the Neuroscience program at Western University. He received his Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western and is interested in studying how differing somatosensory inputs alter the planning of performance. Outside of the lab, Sean enjoys taking photos, playing sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Fraser MacRae - MPT/PhD Student
Fraser is a student in the combined Master of Physical Therapy and PhD program at Western University. He received his Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. His primary research interest is in the neuroplasticity of stroke rehabilitation, explicitly focusing on novel interventions for post-stroke spasticity. Fraser enjoys hiking, surfing, camping, and climbing in his spare time.
Laiba Saeed - MSc Student
Laiba is a Master of Science student in Kinesiology at Western University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests are in the exercise mediated benefits for stroke rehabilitation. Her current project is focused on aerobic exercise protocols in rodent models of stroke.
Konstantinos Tsikrikis - MSc Student
Konstantinos is a Master of Science student in the Neuroscience program at Western University. His thesis focuses on identifying the fNIRS measures that correlate with balance-correcting responses. He will join and collaborate with a team at Radboud University in the Netherlands, where he will be conducting his research using the Radboud Falls Simulator. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Kinesiology at Western.
Justin Watts - MSc Student
Justin is a Master of Science student in the Neuroscience program at Western University. His research focuses on investigating the effects of various lower extremity somatosensory stimulation and posture variation on cortical activation using fNIRS in healthy participants to examine naturalistic mobility. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Western with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology. Outside of the lab, Justin enjoys travelling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Joshua Wiener - Research Coordinator
Josh is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. He is studying the role of primary care in early psychosis intervention under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Anderson. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University. He has worked as clinical researcher in rehabilitation medicine, infectious diseases, and psychiatry. Beyond research, Josh is passionate about music as a listener, player, and composer.
Reesa Wilhelm - BSc Student
Reesa is a fourth year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Science with an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience at Western University. Her honours thesis project is investigating the use of fNIRS for neurofeedback of motor imagery. Reesa enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Former Lab Members
Sarthak Kohli - MSc Student
Sarthak was a Master of Science student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program in the Physical Therapy field at Western University. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. His research was focused on exploring cortical activation and balance control while reducing fatigue levels for rehabilitation post stroke. He started a Master of Physical Therapy in Australia in 2024.
Siying Luan - MSc Student
Siying was a was a Master of Science student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program in the Physical Therapy field at Western University. Her research focused on determining the effects of FES cycling on cortical brain activation changes in people who have had a stroke. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western with an Honours Specialization in Health Sciences and a Minor in Psychology. When Siying is not busy doing research, she enjoys playing instruments (piano and guitar) and playing sports with her friends and family. She is currently working as a clinical research assistant in the Greater Toronto Area.
Yunyi Yan - BA Student
Yunyi was an undergraduate student who completed a Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology at Western University. Her thesis focused on the link between aerobic exercise intensity and motor recovery. Her non-academic interests include jogging, reading, and exploring new places with friends. She started the Master of Physical Therapy program at Western in fall 2023.
Emma Wardhaugh - BHSc Student
Emma was a summer research student through the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Internship. Her research examined the effect of posture and foot somatosensory input on brain activation using fNIRS technology. She completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western with an Honours Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology. She began studying Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in fall 2022.