Profile

With more than 10 years of programming and data analysis experience, I can develop databases, analyze datasets and make sense of the results. I will be using my creativity as well as curious and cautious risk taking abilities, in the process.

Being a team player with strong leadership and interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, I know how to keep contact, build relationships, liaise with partners, deal with issues that may arise in a group and to lead a group to success.

I am a fast learner and an exceptional teacher and presenter. My teachers, professors, and supervisors can attest to the former, while the students I have taught over the years can confirm the latter.

My educational and research track record clearly indicates a strong background in Math, Statistics, Engineering, Programming and Science.

Computer Skills

Programming, Scripting and Query Languages

Visual Basic, C, C++ (Qt, Borland, Visual C++), Visual C#, Python, Java, ASP.Net, HTML, CSS, XML, Assembly (AVR, ARM), SQL

Statistical, Mathematical, Machine Learning & Visualization Platforms

MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, R & R Studio, NVivo, Maple, Octave, REDCap, OpenRefine, Weka, Microsoft PowerBI, Tableau, ParaView

Neuroimaging and Image Analysis Platforms

ImageJ, ExploreDTI, DKIu, DKE, TrackVis, DSI Studio, FSl, SPM, MRIcron, Freesurfer

Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Microsoft Windows Server, MS-DOS

Design, Graphics & Multimedia Software

Adobe (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop), Ulead Video Studio, Sony Sound Forge, Audacity, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor

Other Software and Systems

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, One Note, Publisher), EndNote, PSpice/OrCAD, HSpice, Proteus, Altium Designer, LabVIEW, Atmel Studio

Professional Experiences

Lab Coordinator (Human Movement Laboratory) (Dec. 2018 – Present)

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

  • Coordinating and scheduling the activities of the shared laboratory
  • Developing and updating standard operating procedures for equipment
  • Assisting/training researchers/trainees on experimental design, data collection and complex data analysis
  • Troubleshooting issues and providing advice
  • Ensuring the compliance of the laboratory with the regulations, ethical guidelines and legal policies
  • Assisting with the purchase of equipment and/or with designing new custom equipment
  • Developing and maintaining custom software routines
  • Liaising with various individuals and institutions to maintain and order equipment, design experiments, recruit participants, collect data, analyze data and conduct knowledge translation activities
Research Coordinator (The Wii.N.Walk Study) (May 2017 – Aug. 2018)

Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta

  • Overseeing and supervising the research team
  • Ensuring the conduction of the study in compliance with the ethical guidelines and applying for ethics approvals
  • Managing the recruitment and enrolment of the research participants and the remuneration of the study staff
  • Liaising with different prosthetic clinics
  • Scheduling and managing regular team meetings
  • Managing the administration of the interventions and evaluations
Research Assistant: Data/Image Analyst (MR Imaging of Epilepsy) (Mar. 2016 – Dec. 2018)

Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta

  • Cleaning and preprocessing imaging, behavioural and demographic datasets
  • Developing applications and scripting codes to process and extract the desired information from the images
  • Statistically analyzing the extracted variables (including but not limited to correlational analysis, testing means and administration of statistical models)
  • Scientifically and critically assessing the results (identifying trends and cause and effect relationships) and extracting inferences and implications based on previous and current research
  • Discussing the inferences with the study team and preparing reports/manuscripts for the study
Research Assistant: Intervention Trainer (The Wii.N.Walk Study) (Apr. 2016 – May 2017)

Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta

  • Administering cognitive intervention to research participants
  • Troubleshooting any [technical] issues that arose
  • Extracting and analyzing the data acquired during the project using various statistical and machine learning algorithms
Research Assistant: Study Coordinator (MR Imaging of Stuttering) (Sep. 2014 – Dec. 2016)

Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, and Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta

  • Devising the study protocol and obtaining approvals for the commencement of the study based on documented plans
  • Training and supervising the study team about the background and technical aspects of the study
  • Organizing weekly meetings to discuss the progress of the project(s)
  • Troubleshooting any issues (especially technical) that may arise during the project
  • Recruiting participants and acquiring demographic, behavioural and imaging data through in-person interviews, online surveys and telephone and email correspondences
  • Preprocessing the datasets associated with the participants via crafting code (e.g. in MATLAB) or using (mostly open-source) available software packages
  • Processing the imaging, behavioural and demographic datasets by developing in-house software (e.g. using Python or MATLAB)
  • Extracting variables of interest from the datasets and performing statistical analysis on the variables using different statistical software packages/languages (e.g. SPSS or R)
  • Deducing correlational and causational inferences from the results of the study at hand and comparing them with previous research
  • Discussing the inferences with the study staff and devising final reports/manuscripts
Software Educator (MATLAB and Simulink) (Sep. 2012 – Apr. 2014)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

In this class, I taught newly admitted Biomedical Engineering students how to use MATLAB for data analysis and how to build models using MATLAB’s Simulink toolbox.

Software Educator (PSpice/OrCAD) (Sep. 2012 – Apr. 2014)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

In this class, I taught newly admitted Biomedical Engineering students how to use the OrCAD software suite to model electrical circuits, analyze their properties and visualize the waveforms for different electrical entities.

Teaching Assistant (Computer Programming) (Jan. 2014 – Apr. 2014)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

As a teaching assistant, I was responsible for providing students with computer programming problem sets in C++ and helping students solve them. I was also responsible for teaching a part of the material that wasn’t covered in the main course.

Teaching Assistant (Medical Imaging) (Sep. 2013 – Apr. 2014)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

As a teaching assistant for this course, I taught students how to use various image/signal analysis techniques and provided them with practice problem sets.

Teaching Assistant (Introduction to Biomedical Engineering) (Sep. 2013 – Dec. 2013)

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

As a teaching assistant for this course, I taught students how to analyze big biomedical/health datasets using different scripting languages and provided them with example problem sets.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Judge: Edmonton Regional Science Fair 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Judge: Edmonton Regional Heritage Fair 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Discovery Day in Health Sciences 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Workshop Presenter
  • Member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) (Sep. 2014 – Present)
  • Member of the Campus Alberta Neuroscience Consortium (CAN) (Sep. 2015 – Present)
  • VP Communications: Neuroscience Graduate Students’ Association (NGSA), University of Alberta (Jun. 2015 – Jun. 2016)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the “Computer For Youth” magazine, a national computer learning magazine in Iran (Sep. 2007 – Sep. 2008)

Education

  • M.Sc. in Neuroscience, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Sep. 2014 – Dec. 2016)
    Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Bioelectric (Sep. 2010 – Jun. 2014)
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, (Digital) Electronics (Sep. 2010 – Jun. 2014)
    Department of Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Address

Research & Technology Development Div., Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada. T5G 0B7