Investigating the
biophysical basis of computation
& the computational basis of pain

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Useful Links


Websites of interest

UofT Physiology -Neuroscience Platform
UofT Collaborative Program in Neuroscience
UofT Centre for the Study of Pain
SickKids Research Training Centre
Toronto Life Mag

Computational tools

NEURON simulation environment


Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN)
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
American Pain Society (APS)
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)


Some pictures


Lab Holiday Party 2017


Very exciting Secret Santa exchange...







Getting crafty with cookie decorating!




Send-off for Kwan

aboard the Tall Ship Kajama

June 2016



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Dinner Outing April 2016







Enjoyed delicious middle eastern food at

Al-Mandi Restaurant.

What a feast!





Holiday Party 2015

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Snowflake making by the fire!


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Russell displaying his snowflake creation.


 Raz-e-Del Performance

Milads band

Milad offers a great performance of classical persian music with his band Raz-e-Del, November 2014. In addition to his talents playing with computer models and electrophysiology, Milad also plays the tombak (far left in the picture).


Lab outing, August 2014

Goodbye pub 2014



News Archives


~ Winter 2018 ~

Steve was named the new head of the Neuroscience Platform in Physiology at U of T.


~ Fall 2017 ~


Welcome to Boriss, a new postdoc in our lab, and Jane, who is starting a MSc. Check out the People page to see what they will be working on.



So thrilled to have received CIHR funding this cycle.




~ Summer 2017 ~

Welcome to our Summer Students!

Happy to have Dongyan Lin and Arjun Balachandar (returning!) in our lab this Summer.


~ Spring 2017 ~

CAN meeting

Many posters are presented by our lab at the CAN meeting in Montreal, May 28-31st. Visit to see what we are up to!




~ Winter 2017 ~

Postdoc position available!
We currently have a postdoctoral position available to work on one or more projects encompassing electrophysiology and/or two-photon imaging. Experience in electrophysiology or imaging is essential. Interested candidates should send a research statement and curriculum vitae to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Welcome Steve!

Steve Lesperance just joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Check the People Page to see what he is going to work on.




Summer / Fall 2016 ~

Welcome Amin!

Amin just moved to Toronto to start a PhD in our lab this month. Check the People Page to see what he is going to work on.


Congratulations Husain!

Husain successfully defended his MSc thesis. We all wish him the best in medical school.


See recent  Press Release on our spinal cord work

Steve's talk at the CAN meeting triggered a Press release. Read it here.



~Summer 2016 ~

Clean sweep! All 3 of our graduate students win poster prizes at the CPIN Research Day.

A round of applause for Dhekra, Husain, and Petri.





~Spring 2016~

Congratulations to the lab's studentship and fellowship recipients.

- Dhekra received a CIHR Graduate Research Award

- Husain received a NSERC Graduate Research Award

- Milad received a FRQS Postdoc Fellowship

- Amin Kamaleddin, a student set to start a Ph.D with us in September, was offered the Ontario Trillium Scholarship.

Well-done to everyone!


CAN meeting coming to Toronto
Many abstracts submitted by our lab for the CAN meeting in May = Many of us looking forward to discussing science! Come visit. Also make sure you attend the symposium Nociceptive Circuits: From Molecules to Behaviour, Wednesday afternoon.





 ~ WINTER 2016 ~


eLife showcases our paper on degeneracy

We were excited to see our eLife paper in print! It was one of the few publications selected by the editors of eLife for a special issue, printed on paper to showcase the journal. Pick up your copy at your next conference!





~ SPRING / SUMMER 2015 ~


Four great undergraduate students join our lab for the Summer.
We are excited to have Shima Shakory come back with us again this year! Welcome to Husain Shakil, Bohan Xing, and Jessica Zung, who are new to our lab. We are expecting a great Summer.


Milad and Steve prepare for their workshop at the CNS meeting in July.

There will be an impressive line up of speakers at their CNS 2015 workshop in Prague, on rate vs temporal coding.


~ Winter 2015 ~

The workshop proposed by Milad and Steve is accepted by the CNS organizers.
There will be an impressive line up of speakers at their CNS 2015 workshop in Prague on rate vs temporal coding.

Dhekra Al-Basha joins our lab.
Dhekra comes to us from the University of Calgary, and will be using optogenetics for a M.Sc. project with us. Welcome!

Russell Smith joins our lab.
Russell will give us valuable support with his expertise in animal colony management and cell cultures.

Our 2-photon system is up and running!