Lab Members


Principal Investigator
Oury Monchi
Oury Monchi, Ph.D.

Following a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience at King's College, University of London, obtained in 1998, I pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Montreal Neurological Institute followed by a second one at the CRIUGM in Functional Neuroimaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2003, I became an assistant professor at the department of Radiology of Université de Montréal and then in 2008 an associate professor. I direct the PCAN laboratory at the CRIUGM. I was assistant scientific director of the Functional Neuroimaging Unit at the CRIUGM from 2008 to 2012. I was until recently co-ordinator of Axe I Neuobiology of Aging (Neurophysiology and Neuroimaging) and became in septembre 2012 associate director for clinical research at the IUGM.
Post-doctoral Fellows
Thomas Jubault
Thomas Jubault, Ph.D.

During my four years at Ecole Polytechnique in France, I acquired knowledge in many fields, ranging from biology to computer sciences. I realized that studying the human brain, one of my dearest dreams as a kid, became not only possible, but also the most natural way of making my scientific background converge. I did my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Etienne Koechlin, in Paris, and studied sequential cognition, using fMRI and MEG. I wanted get closer to clinical fields in my post-doc, and continue using new imaging techniques. This is why I am now studying Parkinson's disease using anatomical MRI techniques.
Claudine Habak, Ph.D.

Penny McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP

France Simard
France Simard, M.Sc.

In my research project, I try current functional imaging techniques to study the role of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia in visual cognition and language. Previous research in functional imaging have been able to determine more precisely the involvement of the striatum in executive functions, such as planning and behavioral shifting in the face of a changing environment. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the striatum is implicated in speech processing as well as in its production. My goal is to study the functional contributions of the caudate nucleus and putamen in basic cognitive mechanisms.
Kristina Martinu
Kristina Martinu, B.Sc.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Physiology at McGill University, during which I worked as a research assistant for Dr. T. Paus' cognitive neuropsychology laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute. I also routinely participate in teaching neuroanatomy for different classes and sessions. In June 2007 I joined Dr. O. Monchi's PCAN laboratory to pursue my Master's degree in biomedical sciences, and finally transferred to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program for January 2009. My current project's goal is to shed light on the effect of L-dopa on finger movements in patients affected by Parkinson's disease, and I am looking forward to a TMS project as well.
Jean-Sébastien Provost, B.Sc.

Following my B.Sc. in Psychology at McGill University in 2004, I worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience laboratory for a year and a half. In 2005, I joined the PCAN laboratory to start my Master’s degree. My main topic was to elucidate the role of the caudate nucleus in executive processes, and ultimately to distinguish its role from the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. For my Ph.D, I will focuss on the anterior cingulate cortex as well the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, and try to dissociate their role in executive processes. Moreover, I will pursue my study on the caudate nucleus and its implication in the executive processes.
Besides my research project, I am an active member for the SEUR Project (Sensibilisation aux Études Universitaires et à la Recherche), which consists of presenting the field of neuroscience to high school students. Moreover, I am giving friendly neuroanatomy workshops to graduate students who are in need.
Ruben Martins
Ruben Martins, B.Sc.

During my undergraduate studies I had the chance to discover the fascinating field of Neurosciences while woking with Dr. Gerald Pollack, a neurobiologist at McGill University. Even if Dr. Pollack's lab was specialized in crickets which nervous system is relatively simple, I could already perceive at the time how amazing a "bunch of neurons working together" could be. I guess this is the main reason why I decided to continue, as a grad student, in Dr. O. Monchi's lab.
And for the ones who wonder why I switched from insects to humans, let's just say, first, that the human brain offers a wider world to explore than any insect does and, secondly, that for a future physician (I'm pursuing as well a MD at UofM), humans are a little bit more relevant than insects.
Catherine Lebel, B.Sc.

Research Professionals

Atsuko Nagano, M.D., Ph.D. Senior lab technician

Christophe Bedetti, M.Sc. Research assitant

Clothile Degroot, B.Sc. Research assistant


Beatriz Mejia, M.Sc., part-time research assistant 2003-2004.

Valérie Drolet, summer student, 2004.

Clairelaine Ouelette, M.Sc. (obtained September 2005) /MD student 2003-2005.

Maria Fraraccio, M.Sc., part-time research assistant, 2004-2005.

Alejandro Endo, B.Sc., part-time technician, 2004-2007.

Jean-Philippe Thivierge, post-doctoral fellow, 2005-2006.

Nicolas Guizard, Master internship and research assistant, 2006.

Félix-Étienne François-Brosseau, M.Sc (obtained October 2007) 2005-2007. Now Pharmacovigilence Associate
Omega Laboratories Ltd.

Claudine Gauthier, M.Sc., research assistant 2006-2007. Now PhD student in Rick Hoge's lab.

Laura Monetta, Ph.D. postodctoral fellow 2007-2008. Now assitant professor Université Laval, Québec

Emmanuelle Ballarin, Master's internship, spring 2008.

Cécile Madjar, M.Sc., research assistant 2008-2010. Now research assistant McGill University.

France Simard, Ph.D. obtained 2011, postdoctoral fellow UQAM.