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Current Lab Members

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Nathan Durand - Research Assistant

Nathan Durand is a Physiotherapist working in inpatient Complex Care at Parkwood Institute. He received his Bachelor’s of Health Science (BHSc) and Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) From Western University, and 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.


Siying Luan - MSc student

Siying Luan is a Master's student in physical therapy at the University of Western. Her master's research focuses on determining the effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation cycling on cortical brain activation changes in people who have had a stroke. She finished her undergraduate in Western University with an Honours Specialization in Health Science with 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.


Sarthak Kohli - MSc student

Sarthak Kohli is a first year Master of Science Student in the Health and Rehabilitation sciences program in the Physical Therapy field at Western University. Sarthak graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. His current research project is focused on exploring cortical activation and balance control while reducing fatigue levels for rehabilitation post-stroke.


Yunyi Yan - Undergraduate Summer Research Intern

Yunyi is a summer research student, who is completing her Honours BA in Kinesiology. She will examine motor improvement with functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling in stroke patients. Specifically, her work focuses on the link between aerobic exercise intensity and motor recovery, as well as aerobic minute progression during FES sessions. Her non-academic interests include jogging, reading, and exploring new places with friends.


Justin Watts - MSc Student

Justin is a Mater’s student in the Neuroscience program at the University of Western Ontario. His Master’s research is focused 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’s degree at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys travelling, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

College Students

Former Lab Members

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Emma Wardhaugh - NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Intern

Emma Wardhaugh was a summer research student. She examined the effect of posture and foot somatosensory input on brain activation using fNIRS technology. She completed her undergraduate at Western University with an Honours Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology and will begin studying medicine at Schulich in Fall 2022.