Massieh Moayedi, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and UTCSP Pain Scientist
Canada Research Chair in Pain Neuroimaging (Tier 2)
Co-Director, Centre for Multimodal Sensorimotor and Pain Research
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
Massieh Moayedi completed his PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Karen Davis. He then did his postdoctoral fellowship at University College London, UK. He is currently a Tenured Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry, and holds a University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Scientist title. He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Pain Neuroimaging. He is co-Director of the Centre for Multimodal Sensorimotor and Pain Research, supported by the Canada Fund for Innovation (CFI).
He is a basic scientist with training in pain neuroimaging, Dr. Moayedi has 15 years of research at the interface of clinical and basic sciences. Dr. Moayedi’s approach is to study basic scientific questions in both healthy participants and in clinical populations. This allows patients’ experience to shape the focus of the research, allowing Dr. Moayedi to develop clinically meaningful research questions in order to improve the quality of life of patients. He has expertise in quantitative sensory testing, multimodal brain imaging, including structural and functional MRI, and working with vulnerable populations. He holds grants from CIHR, NSERC, NFRF, Ontario ERA, CFI and NIH. He is also on the Editorial Boards of PAIN and PAIN Reports and an Associate Editor at Frontier in Pain Research Methods. He founded the international Human Pain Seminar Series, and is a founding chair of the IASP Neuroimaging of Pain SIG.
Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students
Majid is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Moayedi's Lab. He completed his Ph.D. in Iran where his project was focused on brain network analysis. He is interested in neuroimage data analysis and currently works on the SPRINT project to provide signature for pain recovery in teens, a multicenter project supported by the National Institutes of Health. Majid also is involved in the Specificity project to study the brain connectivity related to painful stimuli based on fMRI images.
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 is a third year PhD student at the Faculty of Dentistry with a Collaboration in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Massieh Moayedi. Her thesis focuses on the mechanism underlying the interference of pain on cognition using quantitative sensory testing, cognitive tasks, and electrodermal activity. Georgia completed her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Toronto. Georgia is the trainee editor of the monthly University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain newsletter, a member of Hellenic Females in STEM, and a Junior Fellow at Massey College.
Pedram Mouseli completed his Master of Science in engineering at the K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Iran. He is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Dentistry with a specialization in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Iacopo Cioffi and Dr. Massieh Moayedi. His thesis focuses on identifying a novel neuromuscular biomarker signature of chronic temporomandibular disorders (TMD) using functional and structural brain imaging and muscle recordings. He is developing machine learning models that capture biomarker patterns associated with TMD and can be used for a more personalized diagnosis and treatment.
Evgeny Osokin is currently pursuing a MSc at the Faculty of Dentistry under the supervision of Dr. Massieh Moayedi focused on repetitive magnetic stimulation on pain modulation. He joined the Moayedi lab in 2020 and worked on a thesis project investigating the development of trigeminal nerve in healthy children. His interests include the understanding of chronic pain mechanisms using neurophysiological techniques such as EEG, QST and diffusion tensor model. Outside the lab, he is practicing foreign languages and works on his piano skills.
Batu Kaya graduated from McGill University's interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Science Cognitive Science (Honours) program in 2019. As an MSc student under Dr. Moayedi’s supervision, they are studying affective pain pathways in the human brain and trigeminal nerve morphology using diffusion tensor imaging, probabilistic tractography, and other multimodal approaches. They are also coordinating a clinical study on memory in Parkinson’s disease at Toronto Western with the aim of improving clinical neuropsychological assessment. Their research interests include affective pathways, emotions, imagery, and they love to read books—a lot.
Matthew obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster in 2015. He works as an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Moayedi studying signatures for pain recovery in pediatric musculoskeletal pain, as well the effect of the endocannabinoid system on pain sensitivity. When he's not in the lab, he's practicing his German, lounging at the beach, or DJing clubs and parties around Toronto.
Matthew Cormie is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and psychology at the University of Toronto. Matthew is a research assistant in the Moayedi lab focusing on neuroimaging studies. Matthew wants to dive deeper into neuroscience research and wants to understand more about the effects of pain on people’s quality of life and its implications in the field of medicine. Outside of the lab and classroom, Matthew is a volunteer firefighter and really enjoys cycling.
Alisina Fatemi is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto. He is currently working as a research assistant on the galvanic skin response and endocannabinoids projects under the supervision of Dr. Moayedi. Among his areas of interest, he is keen on exploring how pain is experienced in the brain and the implications of pain research in treatments. Alisina was awarded the University of Toronto Scholar Award in 2019-2020 and is also a recipient of the Howard Ferguson Scholarship.
Samrawit is a MasterCard foundation scholar at the University of Toronto (2017-2021) majoring in neuroscience and physiology. Her research interest encompasses translational medicine, organ transplantation, universal health care and sustainable development in rural communities. She currently works as a student researcher in the REACH alliance program where she investigates the mechanisms of a community-based health insurance scheme based in Thailand. She joined the Moayedi lab in 2020 and is currently working on a project that investigates the effect of childhood trauma on the development of chronic pain in adolescents and young adults.
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.
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.
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 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.