Javeria Ali Hashmi

Dr. Hashmi holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in pain. She is the Director of Brain Networks and Neurophysiology Lab, which focuses on applying computational methods to understand the role of brain activity and connectivity in pain perception and cognition. She aims to generate ideas and tools from brain imaging that can impact clinical management of chronic pain and brain-related disorders.

She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and completed her postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University, Chicago.

At Dalhousie University, she holds the following positions:

·      Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

·      Cross Appointments: Department of Medical Neuroscience, Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


For Dr. Hashmi's scientific lineage see neurotree

 Marzie Saghayi (Research Assistant)

Marzie Saghayi is a research assistant at the NetPhys Lab, currently working on resting state fMRI analysis. She has a MSc and BSc degrees in Nuclear Physics. Her interests include Medical Imaging, Machine Learning and Pain Biomarker Analysis. She is working on collaborations between Dr. Hashmi and Dr. Stan Matwin on brain data.


              Christopher O’Grady (Graduate Student/Research Assistant)

thumbnail_Christopher_coilChristopher O'Grady is a MSc student in the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences department at Dalhousie University. Before arriving in Halifax from the West Coast, Christopher completed a Bachelor of Music degree at University of Victoria, followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics at University of British Columbia (BC). His interest in medical imaging began with a photoacoustic imaging project, and this led to a co-op term at the BC-Cancer-Agency working on an error detection algorithm using radiotherapy MV portal imaging. He is currently a MSc student in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences and is an active member of BIOTIC. His MSc supervisor's are Dr. Steven Beyea and Dr. Hashmi. His passion is to combine physics and neuroscience for clinical applications of fMRI, especially functional connectivity and fundamental changes to neural networks in different conditions and diseases.

               Guillermo Aristi Suarez (Research Assistant)
0Guillermo has joined the NetPhys lab after completing a Bachelors in electrical engineering at Dalhousie University (2018). Medical imaging and the application of both engineering and mathematics in the health sciences have been his interests throughout his undergraduate. Guillermo is currently working on diffusion MRI (dMRI), Diffusion Tension Imaging (DTI) and tractography analysis.


       Sean Wang (Undergraduate student)


Sean Wang is an undergraduate student completing his BSc in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University. While pursuing his minor in Neuroscience, he has taken an interest in neuroimaging, initially with linguistics, using electroencephalography and now pain research, using functional MRI. In the NetPhys lab, Sean is currently studying the functional connectivity of the brainstem with respect to pain modulation.

Mehrad Mohammadkhani (Undergraduate student) 


Mehrad is a second-year undergraduate student in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University. Currently, he is working on the role of amygdala in pain modulation, its connection with cortex and fear conditioning. He is also interested in neurophysiology, brainstem and amygdala.




Lab alumni

 Manyoel Lim (Postdoctoral fellow)

manyoelDr. Manyoel Lim is a postdoctoral fellow who completed his masters and Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience at Seoul National University. During his doctoral studies, he investigated the brain mechanisms of chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients by using magnetoencephalography and structural/functional MRI. He joined Dr. Hashmi’s lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2017. He is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of perception of pain and its modulation in large-scale brain networks and developing neuroimaging-based biomarkers for                                                                 chronic pain.


We are hiring!

We are in the process of building the Brain Networks and Neurophysiology (NetPhys) Lab. During this and the next term we will be be looking for research assistants and graduate students.

The NetPhys Lab will promote a multidisciplinary culture that goes beyond boundaries and will support unconventional integration of neuroscience, neurophilosophy, neuropsychology, physics, mathematics and computer science. Our team will be engaged in the mission of developing better and more accurate models of brain function.

If you are curious, motivated, resilient and the problem solving type, and interested in undergraduate or graduate level research in neuroscience, send us an email.

We are actively looking for a post doc (see careers tab) and graduate student/research assistant.

In addition, we seek a part time research assistant to help with lab operations.