JenniferJennifer Steeves, Ph.D.
Director, York MRI Facility

1032 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Ph: (416) 736-2100 x20452
twitter: @YorkMRIfacility

Dr. Steeves is the Associate Dean Research & Graduate Education in the Faculty of Science. Her research examines how the brain adapts to changes in sensory input with the loss of one eye or to direct brain damage. She uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to reverse engineer the brain. Her lab uses TMS to transiently disrupt discrete nodes within the brain and observe changes in behaviour and brain activity.

Matt Pachai

Matt is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab funded the Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) program. Matt completed his PhD at McMaster University in 2015 under the supervision of Allison Sekuler and Patrick Bennet before moving to Switzerland for his first postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Michael Herzog at EPFL. Matt is generally interested in how the vision system flexibly adapts its processing for the task at hand. What processing strategies are deployed? How and when does the visual system switch between these strategies? To what extent is this behaviour optimal given the natural statistics of the environment and the inherent limitations of the visual system? Matt has primarily explored these questions using faces as a model stimulus, employing a combination of psychphysics, neuroimaging, and computational modelling.

StephaniaStefania Moro

I am a PhD candidate in Psychology. I am studying audiovisual processing and the underlying neural correlates in individuals who are unilaterally enucleated (one eye removed). I am currently funded by a TD Grant in Medical Excellence from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an NSERC PGS-D scholarship.



Karlene Stoby

Karlene is a Masters student in Psychology in the Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science stream. She will be analyzing the effects of a highly efficient type of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation called theta burst stimulation in the occipital cortex.


Harley Glassman

Harley is a fourth year prospective psychology thesis student, currently working on his independent studies - studying the role of emotional expression on face perception. He is the president of the Neurology Research Association - a club at York University geared towards students interested in neuroscience.




Katerina Andrinopoulos

Katerina is a fourth year McGill student completing a double major in psychology and economics. She is currently working as a research assistant in Dr. Steeves lab learning about the ins and outs of vision research. She hopes to attend graduate school when she completes her undergraduate degree and pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

Mitchel Downham

Mitchel is a fourth year student at York pursuing an honours degree in psychology. He will be conducting his thesis under the supervision of Professor Steeves for the 2018-2019 semester.




Najma Osman