Dr. Javeria Ali Hashmi (Lab Director)







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

Jennika Veinot (Graduate Student)



Jennika is undertaking a MSc in Medical Neuroscience in the NetPhys lab. Her research investigates the neurobiological mechanisms that link chronic pain with cognitive decline.




Amita Goyal (Research Assistant)



Amita Goyal spear heads data collection for our neuroimaging studies. Her research interests are in brain mechanisms of expectation and pain modulation. She is also investigating qualitative discourse analysis of pain narratives in people with chronic pains.



Guillermo Aristi Suarez (Research Assistant)

 0Guillermo Aristi 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 are his key interests. Guillermo is currently working on diffusion MRI (dMRI), Diffusion Tension Imaging (DTI) and tractography analysis for multiple projects in the lab.


Sean Wang (Honors student)



Sean Wang is an undergraduate student completing his BSc in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University. In the NetPhys lab, Sean is currently studying the functional connectivity of the brainstem with respect to pain modulation. He received a summer NSERC NSRA award.



Retage Al-Bader (Undergraduate researcher)


Retage is an undergradute researcher interested in the role of suggestion in mediating placebo effects.






Lab alumni

 Manyoel Lim (Postdoctoral fellow)









Marzie Saghayi (Research Assistant)








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.