Aaron Phillips, PhD (Medicine)

Aaron Phillips was trained in Experimental Medicine, Biosciences and Mathematics. His appreciation of the elegant interactions between the nervous and cardiovascular systems and understanding how these interactions are disrupted in the presence clinical conditions, has driven his research into the development of novel therapies for people with neurological health issues. After obtaining the Banting, CIHR, NSERC, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Craig Neilsen Fellowships as well as the Killam Research Award during his post-doc at the University of British Columba (UBC), he established his laboratory at the University of Calgary in 2017. He is now Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Clinical Neurosciences, and Cardiac Sciences. Within the Foothills Medical Centre, he is Director of RESTORE.net, which is a platform dedicated to developing translational technology for neurological injury. He has received the Brain Canada Future Leader Award, The Arthur Guyton Award in Excellence in Physiology from the American Physiological Society, and the Top 40 Under 40 from Avenue Magazine. His group publishes in top journals including Nature, Neurology, and Nature Biotechnology.

Jordan Squair, PhD, MD Student

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a translational neurophysiologist with specific interest in understanding sympathetic-cardiovascular control. I have gained experience and training using both preclinical and clinical models of research to translate my findings directly into the human reality. I also deploy a number of computational approaches to better understand data and harness large data-sets. Recipient of the Banting Fellowship, Killam Fellowship, and Alberta Innovates Fellowship.

Saqib Saleem, PhD (Engineering)

Research Fellow

My primary research interests surround using cardiovascular signal processing to understand cerebral and systemic regulation of hemodynamics. I have used this approach to understand brain and heart regulation in response to autonomic disruption in the context of pharmacological manipulation and spinal cord injury. I recently completed a fellowship with Dr. Shieak Tzeng at University of Otago that occurred after completing my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington. I have published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and have an h-index of 9.

Laura Crack, BSc, MSc

PhD Student

Laura is a doctoral student within the Faculty of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Phillips. She holds a BSc from Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where she contributed to a large research project related to Type 2 Diabetes in post-menopausal women at the Research Centre for Aging. She completed a MSc in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Tish Doyle-Baker examining the relationship between stress and the menstrual cycle in female undergraduate students. She was awarded second place in the University of Calgary’s 2019 three-minute-thesis competition speaking about this work. Laura has a keen interest in the relationship between physical health and quality of life in different populations. She is also passionate about post-secondary teaching in the fields of health and exercise science and hold a contract faculty position at Bishop’s University.

Recipient of the Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship.

Elaine Soriano, BSc

MD-NS Program, PhD Student

My immediate research interest is to develop neurotechnological solutions for autonomic dysfunction following spinal cord injury. I am currently involved in international collaborative clinical projects taking place in the USA and the UK. In addition to my involvement in clinical studies, I also execute preclinical experiments that involve understanding the mechanisms of epidural stimulation and harnessing this knowledge to develop next-generation neuroprosthetic. HBI BRAIN CREATE Graduate Trainee. Recipient of the Libin Scholarship, Mitacs Globalink and Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship.

Berkeley Scott, BSc

MD-CV Program, MSc Candidate

In the spring of 2018, I completed my BScH with a major in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. With this degree and my past cardiac MRI research experience at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre, I have developed a passion for the field of cardiology and am driven to pursue a career in Medicine with active involvement in research. I am thrilled to start my Master’s in the Cardiovascular and Respiratory program at the Phillips Lab. My project will be a human-based 4D Flow and Strain investigation of cardiac function in patients with cervical spinal cord injuries. I hope to gain a further understanding of translational research practices working alongside the other talented professionals in the Phillips Lab. Recipient of the Libin Scholarship.

Michael Potemkin

Undergraduate Student (BHSc)

I am currently a first-year Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Calgary. Through my volunteering experience with spinal cord injury patients and my studies for the National Brain Bee, I have developed an interest for neuroscience, and applying my knowledge to help others. Currently, I will be helping Dr. Vaseghi with her project that aims to examine the effects of transcutaneous electrical stimulation on orthostatic hypotension in patients with spinal cord injuries. Recipient of the Alberta Innovates Summer Studentship Award.

Niloofar Mirzadzare

Undergraduate Student (BHSc)

I am currently in my 4th year of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, majoring in Biomedical Science. I am passionate about clinical research in the fields of cardiovascular and neurophysiology. This is the main reason that I wanted to get into the Phillips Lab. I have gained exceptional knowledge in these two areas by taking many introductory and higher-level courses. Besides, taking other courses specific to my program has made me acquainted with various research methods and the environment. In this lab, I will be helping with a research project examining the effects of transcutaneous electrical stimulation of spinal cord on autonomic responses and cardiovascular system in patients with spinal cord injury. At the same time, I am involved in writing two review papers as well as a journal club. Recipient of the Libin Summer Studentship Award.

Marcus Tso, BHSc

Undergraduate Student

I completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the University of Calgary in Fall 2019. My research thesis involved an investigation of physiological changes during skin inflammation, with a focus on the lymphatics system. My research during my undergraduate degree was focused on immunology, and through this I recognized the importance of the autonomic nervous system. As such became interested in the cutting-edge research conducted here at the Phillips Lab. I am driven to pursue a career in medicine and excited to work in a multidisciplinary team on biomedical research that could one day change the way patients are managed.

Tyler Lam

Undergraduate Student (BSc)

I began my third year of studies at the University of Calgary in September 2019. I'm majoring in Software Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. Through my studies, I've been granted the unique opportunity of learning about the interdisciplinary connections between software development and biomedical research, and I look forward to further pursuing opportunities in these fields in the future. Throughout my time in the Phillips Lab, I've been able to learn about and develop neurovascular coupling data analysis tools using MATLAB and R. I am truly thrilled to have the chance to work on these projects alongside other highly qualified mentors and students in the Phillips Lab.

Rafael Sanguinetti

Undergraduate Student (BHSc)

I am currently entering my second year of undergraduate studies in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary. Since October 2019, I have been working in the Phillips Lab as a volunteer research assistant, where I have gained a strong passion for neuroscience and clinical research studies through their work on orthostatic hypertension and neurovascular coupling. This summer, I have the great opportunity of undergoing my own research project with the Phillips Lab to understand the population-level odds of secondary health outcomes between individuals with and without spinal cord injuries. I am grateful for the chance to develop key research skills and to learn from multidisciplinary perspectives through the Phillips Lab team. Recipient of the O’Brien Centre Summer Studentship Award.