In my lab, we are intrigued by the question of why we move the way we do. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie motor behavior and motor recovery after brain injury are of high interest in the lab.
— Asst. Prof. Firas Mawase

An overview of our exciting new research endeavors


Deciphering the mechanisms that determine extent of recovery following Stroke

  • Developing MRI-based techniques to examine the neural basis of recovery post stroke

  • Unravelling the underlying process of spontaneous biological recovery

  • Neurorehabilitation - developing a closed-loop neuromodulation system

  • Using big data computational algorithms to characterize and predict the extent of recovery

Formation of motor memories: adaptation, skill and habit

  • Developing behavioral (reaching/walking) imaging and recording (fMRI, DTI, EEG) experiments for understanding motor behavior (adaptation, skills and habit)

  • Developing non-invasive brain stimulation protocols for understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie motor learning 

  • Understanding the role of cognitive processes (e.g. motivation) in motor behavior

Neuroplasticity following motor practice

  • Leveraging use-dependent plasticity as a simplified model for understanding neuroplasticity

  • Determining the role of use-dependent plasticity in voluntary behavior

  • Uncovering the neural basis of training-based neuroplasticity   

  • Developing EMG and EEG-based prosthetic hand for amputees

  • Developing a complete bidirectional neural interface for a prosthesis: from motor neurons back to the somatosensory neurons

Algorithms for neuroprostetic control