Yasser Iturria Medina, PhD
Yasser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is also an associate member of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre.
Yasser's Lab – Neuroinformatics for Personalized Medicine – pursues primarily the goal of making precision medicine in Neurology a reality. It focuses on defining and implementing multiscale and multifactorial brain models for understanding neurological disorders and identifying effective personalized interventions. The lab combines molecular, imaging and cognitive data using integrative mathematical modelling to create both individual and population-based mechanistic brain models.
His research has spanned neurodegeneration modelling, brain multimodal connectivity estimation, and statistical analysis for characterizing/predicting abnormal brain states. He currently is focusing on the creation and validation of integrative molecular, neuroimaging, and computational tools for understanding complex causal interactions among ageing, neurodegeneration and different therapeutic conditions.
Yasser received his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Higher Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Cuba, in 2004 and his Master’s degree in Neurophysics and Neuroengineering from the Cuban Neuroscience Center in 2006. He then completed his PhD in Neuroimaging and Neuroinformatics at the National Center for Scientific Research and Havana’s University of Medical Science in 2013. He came to the MNI as a postdoctoral student in 2013, before being appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2018.
Liza Levitis (Co-supervised with Prof. Alan Evans)
Bianca Granato (PhD Rotation Student: Sept - Dec 2018)