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Currently Recruiting

The IPN office was notified that the following P.I.s may be recruiting IPN graduate students for Fall 2023. While the following list is created to help you, it is not comprehensive and you should also browse through our P.I. database to contact any P.I.s whose research interests you. 

Please consult our sample PDF icon Curriculum Vitae and PDF icon Letter to IPN Supervisor templates for tips on how to contact future supervisors.

We encourage that you reach out to members of the lab(s) you are interested in joining. Please consult our PDF icon our tips and suggestions

Questions about contacting supervisors, the application process, and life at IPN itself can be directed to the projects.ipn [at] (IPN Project Administrator)

Dr. Alyson Fournier. alyson.fournier [at]

Research in molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying axon degeneration and regeneration
Dr. Danilo Bzdok. danilo.bzdok [at] Looking for PhD students with skills and interest in programing, quantitative pattern-learning analysis, and brain imaging.
Dr. Boris Bernhardt. boris.bernhardt [at] Looking for PhD students with skills and interest in programing, network analysis, and neuroimaging.
Dr. Reza Sharif Naeini. reza.sharif [at] We are looking for motivated trainees to undertake an ambitious project examining the molecular bases of mechanosensing (touch, pain). The project will involve electrophysiological recordings from human neurons, calcium imaging, and behavioural assays of somatosensation.
Dr. Artur Kania artur.kania [at] pain circuits, pain emotion, pain circuit wiring, neurodevelopmental disorder, modelling diseases in human neurons, stem cells
Dr. Stephen Lomber stephen.lomber [at]  
Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang wei-hsiang.huang [at] PhD project: Use mouse genetics to understand the molecular and cellular functions of autism-causing genes
Dr. Jonathan Britt jonathan.britt [at]  
Dr. Alanna Watt alanna.watt [at] We have several exciting projects studying basic cerebellar function and animal models of ataxia.
Dr. Tomoko Ohyama tomoko.ohyama [at] Neural circuit underlying the action selectin, nociception
Dr. Cecilia Flores cecilia.flores [at] Translational research on adolescent brain development and vulnerability to drugs of abuse and to social stress during this age. We are also investigating epigenetic processes and peripheral biomarkers of risk.
Dr. Nicolas Cermakian nicolas.cermakian [at] Circadian rhythms in the brain: light response and link with psychiatric disorders
Dr. Stuart Trenholm stuart.trenholm [at] Programming skills an asset.
Dr. Nancy Braverman nancy.braverman [at]

Recruiting a graduate student to assist in retinal gene therapy project, CNS therapy and clinical natural history study for peroxisome disorders.

Dr. Pia Wintermark pia.wintermark [at] www.neobrainlab.rog Recruiting motivated PhD and MSc students for research projects related to basic research in neonatal neuroscience and high-resolution neonatal brain imaging research.
Dr. Donald Van Meyel donald.vanmeyel [at] Motivated PhD students with experience and interest in developmental biology and molecular neuroscience are encouraged to apply.
Dr. David Stellwagen david.stellwagen [at]

TNF mediated synaptic plasticity in behaviour and disease

Dr. Masha Prager-Khoutorsky masha.prager-khoutorsky [at]

Dr. Rachel Rabin rachel.rabin [at] The Addiction Imaging and Mental Health (AIMH) lab is currently recruiting motivated MSc and PhD students to study the effects of cannabis use on cognition and the brain
Dr. Arkady Khoutorsky arkady.khoutorsky [at]

To study molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying chronic pain in animal models.

Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy arjun.krishnaswamy [at] Lab's research is focused on the assembly and function of neural circuits. We study these two general phenomena in the interconnected circuits of the retina, thalamus, cortex.

Dr. Suresh Krishna

suresh.krishna [at] Vision, hearing, eye-movements, attention, cognition - behavior, psychophysics, computation
Dr. Pablo Rusjan pablo.rusjan [at] Positron Emission Tomography Quantification
Dr. Mahsa Dadar //mahsa.dadar [at]">mahsa.dadar [at] Brain Imaging in Aging, Cerebrovascular, and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Dr. Yashar Zeighami yashar.zeighami [at] Our team investigates the brain alterations that occur during the lifespan in health and disease. The primary goal of our research is to further our understanding of healthy brain aging and the underlying mechanisms that cause deviation from this trajectory in neurodegenerative disorders.   Creating a comprehensive multi-scale model of structural and functional brain alterations across the lifespan using multimodal brain MRIs  Investigating the link between observed MRI changes in post-mortem samples and the underlying cellular alterations, with translational applications for in vivo datasets  Identifying the genetic and environmental risk factors that cause deviation from the normative brain-behaviour trajectories, to develop diagnostic and prognostic models. 
Dr. Jeremy Van Raamsdonk jeremy.vanraamsdonk [at] Molecular mechanisms underlying aging, biological resilience and neurodegenerative disease
Dr. Adil Harroud //adil.harroud [at]">adil.harroud [at] The genetic determinants of MRI phenotypes in multiple sclerosis (MS). This project will interrogate the genetic determinants of MRI endophenotypes in a unique cohort of thousands of people with MS who underwent whole genome genotyping. The genes identified will be evaluated as potential therapeutic targets.
Dr. Claire-Dominique Walker claire-dominique.walker [at] Effect of early life stress on brain neurodevelopment and circadian organization
Dr. Jean-François Cloutier jf.cloutier [at] Neurodevelopment
Dr. Majid Mohajerani majid.mohajerani [at] physiological and computational basis of cognition, with particular focus on memory and memory disorders
Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias mh.boudrias [at] The effects of long COVID on the autonomic nervous system
Dr. Derek Bowie derek.bowie [at] Neurophysiological mechanisms and treatment of autism and intellectual disability
Dr. Per Jesper Sjöström jesper.sjostrom [at] Synaptic Plasticity of Cortical Circuits in Health and Disease
Dr. Wayne Sossin wayne.sossin [at] Mechanisms for translational regulation in neurons
Dr. Anouk Lamontagne anouk.lamontagne [at] Modulation of brain activation during complex locomotor tasks performed in a virtual environment
Dr. Alain Ptito alain.ptito [at] traumatic brain injury and concussion diagnosis and prognosis using functional MRI
Dr. Delphine Raucher-Chéné delphine.raucher-chene [at] Digital social cognitive assessment for severe mental illness
Dr. David Rudko david.rudko [at] Ultra-High Field Brain MRI Methods Development
Dr. Linda Booij linda.booij [at] neurodevelopment of eating disorders
Dr. Jon Sakata jon.sakata [at] Neural mechanisms of vocal communication
Dr. Ed Ruthazer edward.ruthazer [at] In vivo imaging of visual system development
Dr. Guillaume Sébir guillaume.sebire [at] Role of maternal immune activation in perinatal brain injuries
Dr. Ana Velly ana.velly [at]
1) Opioid and cancer, and 2) managment of pain after shoulder arthroscopy-pilot RCT
Dr. Yasser Iturria-Medina yasser.iturriamedina [at] Personalized Multilevel Brain Computational Modeling of Neurodegeneration

When should I start searching for an IPN supervisor? 

If you are an undergraduate student considering graduate school, you should start thinking about securing a thesis supervisor as early as the start of your penultimate semester. It can take a considerate amount of time to decide on where you want to go to study, which university you want to study in, and who you want to train with. Hence, the earlier you start searching, the better. Furthermore, there are various studentship awards you can apply for in the last year of your undergraduate studies. Many of these awards have early deadlines, hence make sure to talk to your program's Administration Staff to learn more. 

If you are a graduate student considering graduate studies in IPN, you are in a slightly different position. For instance, if you are an M.Sc. candidate wishing to pursue a Ph.D. degree in IPN, you should start looking for a supervisor as soon as you can after you decide to finish your M.Sc. in your current location (even if you don't have permission to write your thesis just yet, you can still start looking). This will be important for funding deadlines as well. We advise you to inform your current supervisor that you are considering pursuing your Ph.D. in a different program, under the direction of a different supervisor, because your current supervisor may be contacted by your prospective ones to obtain a reference report. 

Having said all of this, we encourage you to apply to the IPN by submitting your online application form and supporting documents by the appropriate application deadline, even if you have not confirmed a supervisor as of yet. After having applied, you can then continue your search for a supervisor. Note that you must inform our admissions office as to who your supervisor will be by the second application deadline.

How do I secure an IPN supervisor? 

  1. Search through our comprehensive database of IPN supervisors
  2. Once you've gathered a list of supervisors you would like to work with, start contacting them. 
  3. When contacting your preferred supervisors, you are highly encouraged to follow our advice listed down below: 
    • Your e-mails should be concise and well-written;
      • Indicate the reason(s) for wanting to join their lab;
      • Demonstrate, through your text, that you have a good understanding of their research (hence, read a few of their publications);
      • Explain why you believe joining their lab will help propel you towards your research goals;
      • Mention that you are interested in applying for awards.
      • Consult our sample PDF icon Letter to IPN Supervisor template
    • Attach your PDF icon Curriculum Vitae, which should not only include your academic achievements, but should also list your extra-curricular activities that demonstrate qualities of determination, creativity, and perseverance.
    • We strongly encourage that you reach out to members of the lab(s) you are interested in joining.
  4. Once you've reached out to your preferred supervisors, you must now wait for a response. Do not feel discouraged if you do not receive any replies.
  5. Once you have confirmed a supervisor for your IPN studies, inform our admissions office at ipn.admissions [at]


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