Moayedi Lab

Principal Investigator

Massih Moayedi, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

Dr. Massieh Moayedi’s research focus in on understanding how pain is processed in healthy individuals and how this is altered by chronic pain. Specifically, he uses non-invasive brain imaging techniques, neurostimulatory techniques, computational methods and novel behavioural paradigms to investigate the structure and function, including indices of network connectivity, of the brain of healthy subjects and patients with chronic pain. 

Graduate Students

Lizbeth Ayoub

Twitter: @liz_ayoub

Lizbeth Ayoub completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Honours) at the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Faculty of Dentistry under the co-supervision of Dr. Massieh Moayedi and Dr. Mary Pat McAndrews. Her thesis focuses on the role of the medial temporal lobe in pain processing. Her research investigates the structure and function of the medial temporal lobe in healthy individuals and patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, by using neuropsychological and sensory tests, and neuroimaging tools (fMRI and sMRI). She is a Junior Fellow at Massey College

Georgia Hadjis

Twitter: @georgiahadjis

Georgia Hadjis completed her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing a Master’s at the Faculty of Dentistry with a Collaboration in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Massieh Moayedi. Her thesis focuses on a novel model to explain the interference of pain on cognition using neuroimaging (fMRI), quantitative sensory testing, and cognitive tasks. Georgia is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship in Health Sciences (CIHR) and is a Resident Junior Fellow at Massey College.

Undergraduate Trainees

Gianluca Guglietti

My name is Gianluca Guglietti and I'm a neuroscience undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. I am completing my fourth year thesis project in the Moayedi lab where I am conducting a biomarker study into pediatric musculoskeletal pain. when I'm not in the lab or hauled up in the library studying for my midterms I can be found crate digging for records or addictively playing pokemon go.

Previous Trainees

Joanna Man

DDS Candidate 2020

Wai-Jane Virginia Lee

I am currently a 3rd year dental student at Western University. I have always been excited about research, participating in various summer research programs and completing my MSc in neuroscience in 2017 (see here). Even now, I still seek to contribute to research whenever I can - and that is how I ended up spending the last two summers at the Moayedi Lab, studying chronic pain and pain perception. 

Romina Sotoodeh

I recently obtained my bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto (Class of 2019). I first developed a passion for pain research at Dr. Moayedi’s lab at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry where I investigated a value-based model of pain-cognition. Currently, I am a first-year thesis master’s student in Dr. Marc O. Martel’s lab, at McGill University Faculty of Dentistry, where I study predictors of pain and problematic opioid use after oral and maxillofacial surgery. I aspire to become a dentist one day, but for now I’m very happy to have joined McGill’s world-renowned pain unit. You can find me on Google Scholar under my name.

Nancy Mugisha

Former Research Assistant

Twitter: @MugishaNancy

Nancy completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Physiology and Spanish at the University of Toronto in 2020. She was an undergraduate thesis student, then research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Massieh Moayedi working on a fMRI paediatric study. Currently, she is a first year Master’s student at McGill University in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience where she will be studying motor connectivity and clinical outcome measures in children with spinal muscular atrophy.

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