Fall  2021

Welcome to our new Full-time RA, Houman Azizi! Houman will be involved in subject recruitment, testing and analysis for the BHAMM Study in my lab, and also be working on a collaboration with Dr. Gillian Einstein’s lab from U. of Toronto.

Welcome to our new lab members!! Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Annalise LaPlume; M.Sc. Candidate Gabriela Velez Largo; 4th Year Honours Students Meaghan Smith & Lucie Russell-Kearns; and 3rd Year Honours Students Bronwen Lathrope & Kathryn Luis!

Congratulations to Dr. Rajah for being nominated to the Institute of Aging Advisory Board for CIHR and becoming a Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Neuroscience!

Summer 2021

Woohoo!! Congratulations to Dr. Sivaniya Subramanipillai on her successful Ph.D. Defense. Sivaniya will start her postdoctoral position with Dr. Danila Bzdok at Mila a research institute in artificial intelligence that rallies over 500 researchers specializing in the field of machine learning. Way to go Sivaniya!!

Rajah Lab Summer 2021 Celebration of Dr. Sivaniya Subramaniapillai’s successful PhD Defense

Spring 2021

Dr. Rajah presented at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science: Annual Meeting 2021 Symposium “Behaviours and Cognitive Functions Associated with
Task-Based Brain Networks detectable by fMRI” with colleagues Dr. D. Addis and Dr. T. Woodward.

Congratulations to Jennifer Tremblay-Mecier and Cecile Madjar and the PREVENT-AD Research Group on the publication of  “Open Science Datasets from PREVENT-AD, a Longitudinal Cohort of Pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease” in NIMG: Clinical! If you are interested in the Task fMRI study designed by Dr. Rajah, please contact us!

Congratulations to Dr. Sivaniya Subramaniapillai on receiving the “”Women in Cognitive Science – Canada Small Research Grant for Jr Scientists” to work with Dr. Ann-Marie de Lange at the University of Lausanne!

Dr. Rajah gave the Stony Brook University Provost’s Lecture  “The effect of age, sex & gender on the neurobiology of episodic memory: midlife as a critical period in adulthood” on May 6, 2021 which can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Dr. Sivaniya Subramaniapillai who successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Sex differences in the aging brain: understanding the role of individual differences in preserving cognition throughout the adult lifespan” on May 13, 2021!! Sivaniya will be continuing her research career as a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Dr. Danilo Bzdok.

Congratulations Jamie Snytte PhD Candidate (co-supervised with Dr. Signy Sheldon) for  being awarded a highly competitive NSERC-Create Program in Complex Dynamics Fellowship for 2021-2022!! The lab is so proud of your achievement & looks forward to celebrating it once lockdown is over 🙂

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Corriveau-Lecavalier, Ph.D. and Dr. Sylvie Belleville (U. de Montreal) on their recently published paper in Neuroimage Clinical done in collaboration with our lab! Please check it out at:

Corriveau-Lecavalier, N., Rajah, M. N., Mellah, S., CIMA-Q Group & S. Belleville (in press). Latent patterns of task-related functional connectivity in relation to regions of hyperactivation in individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Neuroimage: Clinical. Accepted March 18, 2021.

Dr. Rajah will be giving an invited virtual talk at the upcoming 3rd annual Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health symposium at UNT Health Science Center on April 16th, 2021. Please register for the event to learn more about the sex and gender research being conducted in our lab!

Congratulations to Sivaniya Subramaniapillai PhD Candidate & Dr. Sheida Rabipour (former postdoc) on their papers being accepted for publication:

Rabipour, S., Rajagopal, S., Pasvanis, S., PREVENT-AD Group and M. N. Rajah (in press). Generalization of memory-related brain function as a potential early biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease in asymptomatic older women: Results from the PREVENT-AD Cohort. Neurobiology of Aging, Special Issue ” Montreal Aging & Dementia Congress 2019: Trajectories of Healthy and Pathological Aging ” (Editors: M. N. Rajah, S. Belleville & R.) Accepted March 19, 2021.

Subramaniapillai, S., Rajagopal, S., Snytte, J., Otto, A.R., the PREVENT-AD Research Group, Einstein, G., and Rajah, M.N. (in press) Sex differences in brain aging among adults with APOE4 genetic risk and family history of Alzheimer’s Disease. Neuroimage: Clinical. Accepted, February 24, 2021.

Winter  2021

January 26, 2021 the Rajah Lab hosted a farewell dinner for Dr. Shedia Rabipour who has finished her postdoctoral research fellowship at the lab and will start her new job with McKinsey & Company in February! Congratulations Sheida and best wishes for you future success!!!!!

Congratulations to Arielle Crestol, M.Sc. Candidate, who was selected as a recipient of a 2020 Trainee Professional Development Award by SFN!!

Fall 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Jamie Snytte for receiving a CRBLM Student Fellowship to continue his collaboration with Drs. Rajah and Sheldon on investigating medial temporal lobe contributions to autobiographical memory in middle-aged women!

Amazing work is being done by Ph.D. Candidate Sivaniya Subramaniapillai who is co-leading the Wisdom Exchange Project with graduate students at Ryerson and Universty of Waterloo to address lonliness in elders. Click here to learn more & volunteer!

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Sivaniya Subramaniapillai and Dr. Anne Almey on publishing Sex differences in cognitive reserve: implications for Alzheimer’s Disease in women in Special Issue of Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology Beyond Sex Differences: A Spotlight on Women’s Brain Health Co-edited by Drs. L. Galea, E. Jacobs and A. de Lange. This paper was a collaboration of the Rajah Lab with Einstein Lab, U. of Toronto.

Spring / Summer 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Sivaniya Subramaniapillai and M.Sc. Candidate Arielle Crestol for being awarded HBHL Graduate Student Fellowships! BRAVO!! Arielle’s project is entitled ““The impact of biological sex, menopausal status and +APOE4 risk for Alzheimer’s Disease on the neural correlates of episodic memory in healthy middle aged adults” and Sivaniya’s project is entitled “Sex differences in predicting age from cortical structure and its relation to memory and sociocultural factors: a multisite lifespan study”.

Congratulations to  Post-doc Dr. Sheida Rabipour on her new first author publication done in collaboration with the PREVENT-AD Research GroupAPOE4 Status is Related to Differences in Memory-Related Brain Function in Asymptomatic Older Adults with Family History of Alzheimer’s Disease: Baseline Analysis of the PREVENT-AD Task Functional MRI Dataset,Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, vol. Pre-press, no. Pre-press, pp. 1-23, 2020.

Congratulations to  Ph.D. Candidate Abdel Elshiekh on his new first author publication “The association between cognitive reserve and performance-related brain activity during episodic encoding and retrieval across the adult lifespan”Cortex, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.05.003

Congratulations to M.Sc. Candidate Jamie Snytte on his new first author publication “The ratio of posterior-anterior medial temporal lobe volumes predicts source memory performance in healthy young adults. Hippocampus, Acceped May 11, 2020.

Congratulations to Dr. Natasha Rajah for being selected as the CIHR Sex and Gender Chair for the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction! The Chair provides 4 yrs of funding for Dr. Rajah’s research on: “Sex Differences in the Effect of Age on Episodic Memory-Related Brain Function Across the Adult Lifespan”. Dr. Rajah will be recruiting graduate students interested in this project in Winter/Fall 2021.

Winter 2020

Congratulations to Sivaniya on being awarded a prestigious Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement from NSERC to visit Dr. Chris Madan at U. Nottingham and learn new shape analysis of high-resolution MRIs. Should lead to some exciting collaborations!

December 2019

Happy Holidays! Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season and all the best for 2020!

November 2019

Congratulations to Sivaniya for publishing her paper “Sex Differences in the Neural Correlates of Spatial Context Memory Decline in Healthy Aging” in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience! The clinical significance of these findings were discussed in an interview with Med-E News.

October 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Natasha Rajah on being the recipient of the 2019 Haile T. Debas Prize for promoting equity, diversity and inclusiveness at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University!

September 2019

The Rajah Lab welcomes it’s new trainees: Arielle Crestol (M.Sc., Neuroscience Candidate), Alicia Duval (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Candidate), Myles LoParco (P/T RA and soon to be M.Sc., Neuroscience Candidate), Isabelle Catalano (Neuroscience, Ph.D. Candidate – Rotation Student), Rosalie Young (Undergraduate Volunteer), Adelaide Jensen (Undergraduate Honours Trainee), Emre Bolcakan (Undergraduate Volunteer)!

Looking forward to fun year ahead!!

June 2019

Postdoc, Dr. Sheida Rabipour, and Ph.D. Candidate, Sivaniya Subramaniapillai, present their work at OHBM Meeting in Rome, Italy!

May 2019

Congratulations to Drs. S. Rabipour, Rajah, Misic & Villeneuve for receiving a CRBLM Research Incubator award for the project ““Neuroplastic Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Expectations in Aging” to be lead by Dr. Rabipour!

The lab goes to their first Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) conference in Toronto, Canada. Thank you to everyone who visited our posters and provided us with excellent feedback!

CAN 2019 Poster Presentations
Congratulations to Abdel, Sivaniya, Jamie & Sheida on their great CAN Posters!

April 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Rajah for being the 2019 Recipient of the Women in Cognitive Science Canada Mentorship Award!

March 2019

Congratulations to Post-doctoral Researcher Dr. Sheida Rabipour on receiving RBIQ and CAN Travel Award to attend the Canadian Association of Neuroscience conference in Toronto, Canada!

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Sivaniya Subramaniapillai on receiving 3 travel awards this month: RBIQ Award & IBRO Award to attend the Canadian Association of Neuroscience conference in Toronto, Canada; and a Travel Award to attend the 25th annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion!

December 18, 2018

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! from the Rajah Lab

November 4-7, 2018

The lab had a great time at the Society for Neuroscience (#SFN2018) conference in sunny San Diego, CA, USA.  Thank you to all those who visited our posters and gave us invaluable feedback!

SFN Abstract 693.08. Volume of posterior hippocampus is positively related to object-location associative memory in healthy adults J. SNYTTE1, A. ELSHIEKH1, R. K. OLSEN3, L. MANNING1, *M. N. RAJAH2; 1Grad. Program in Neurosci., McGill Univ., Montreal, QC, Canada; 2Psychiatry, McGill Univ., Verdun, QC, Canada; 3Rotman Res. Inst., North York, ON, Canada Session: Poster: 693 – Human Cognition and Behavior: Human Long-Term Memory: Medial Temporal Lobe I
Abstract 515.09. Sex differences in brain-behaviour correlations in episodic memory: An adult lifespan study *S. SUBRAMANIAPILLAI1,3, S. RAJAGOPAL3, S. PASVANIS3, D. TITONE1, M. RAJAH2,3; Session: Poster: 515 – Human Cognition and Behavior: Cognitive Aging I
Abstract 515.03. The effect of oophorectomy prior to spontaneous menopause on cortical thickness and measures of attention and working memory: Preliminary findings *A. ALMEY1, N. GERVAIS1, A. DUCHESNE2, R. REUBEN1, L. GRAVELSINS1, E. BAKER-SULLIVAN1, S. T. WITT3, Å. R. KERSLEY4, E. CLASSON4, N. LYKKE4, M. SHILDRICK5, C. ASBER4,E. THEODORSSON4, J. ERNERUDH4, E. Å. LUNDQVIST4, P. KJØLHEDE4, C. L. GRADY6, M. N. RAJAH7, G. EINSTEIN1
Abstract 515.20. Little effect of computerized cognitive training or expectations in healthy older adults *S. RABIPOUR, C. MORRISON, J. CROMPTON, M. PETRUCELLI, M. GERMANO, A. POPESCU, P. S. R. DAVIDSON; Session: Poster: 515 – Human Cognition and Behavior: Cognitive Aging I

September 24, 2018

The lab is excited to have Dr. Sheida Rabipour join us as a postdoctoral researcher in October 1, 2018. Dr. Rabipour was awarded a prestigious FRQS Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on the effects of tDCS and expectations on cognitive training outcomes. Welcome Sheida!

September 6,  2018

The lab attended Dr. Brenda Milner’s Centennial Symposium at the Montreal Neurological Institute Sept. 6-7, 2018. We had a great time hearing from all the amazing speakers (inc. Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel) and students Jamie Snytte & Sivaniya Subramaniapillai presented posters. Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Milner!!

Opening Ceremony at Brenda Milner Centennial Symposium with Director Guy Rouleau, McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, British Consul General Chloë Adams, Quebec Chief Scientist Remi Quirion, Professor Emeritus Norman White and Brenda Milner.
Ph.D. candidate Abdel Elshiekh takes a selfie with Dr. Kandel – a once in a lifetime opportunity!!
M.Sc. candidate Jamie Snytte presents his work “Volume of posterior hippocampus is positively related to source memory accuracy in healthy young adults” at the Brenda Milner Centennial Symposium.

September 1, 2018 

We welcome our new M.Sc. Student Jamie Snytte (who was a former Undergrad Honours Thesis Student with us!) and new Undergraduate Honours Student Kiera Hooper to our lab!

July 31, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Elizabeth Ankudowich on your successful Ph.D. Defense! It was a great pleasure having  you in the lab & the rest of the Rajah Lab wishes you all the best in your future adventures!

The Rajah Lab celebrates Dr. Elizabeth Ankudowich’s succesful defense with dinner at restaurant La Colombe.
Post-defense celebrations with a nice glass of bubbly!

May 9, 2018

This was a busy day for our lab. A. Elshiekh presented his PhD Study 1 “Brain mechanisms of successful memory aging: Maintenance, or compensation?”  at the Douglas BIC Lecture series, and E. Ankudowich and S. Rajagopal presented their poster “Age-related differences in whole-brain functional connectivity associated” at the Healthy Brain Healthy Lives inaugural Research Day. Congratulations to everyone on your presentations!

April 20,  2018

Prof. Natasha Rajah receives NSERC Discovery Grant to continue the lab’s research on “Neural correlates of item and spatial context memory in high vs. lower-performance groups” (2018-2023). If you are interested in a graduate position in the lab to collaborate on this project please visit the Training section of our website!

April 19,  2018

Rajah Lab Social at Casa Rajah-Moir to celebrate grants, papers and trainee’s other end of semester successes! Good food + good wine + good company = a fun night!

February 15, 2018

The Rajah Lab launches recruitment for research project “The impact of biological sex, menopausal status and +APOE4 risk for Alzheimer’s Disease on the neural correlates of episodic memory in healthy middle aged adults.”

If you are between the ages of 18-75 and wish to participate in our research, please contact us at: memoryandaging@douglas.mcgill.ca

October- November 15, 2017

Congratulations to Sivaniya Subramaniapillai and Abdel Elshiekh for your well received poster presentations at Psychonomics 2017, in Vancouver B. C.; and to Elizabeth Ankudowich on her poster presentation at SFN 2017, in Washington D.C.!

September 30, 2017

Congratulations to Elsa Yu and Lyssa Manning for completing their Master’s degrees!  We wish you both good luck in the next career stages.

July 5th, 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Elizabeth Ankudowich on receiving a McGill Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Doctoral Fellowship to conduct collaborative connectivity analyses of her Ph.D. data with Dr. Bratislav Misic at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI).

June 12, 2017

Our Lab is seeking motivated and talented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please visit our Training Page to find out more.

June 2, 2017

Ph.D. Student Abdel Elshiekh wins 1st prize in the Douglas Research Day Poster Sessions. Congratulations!

May 26, 2017 

M.Sc. Student Elsa Yu successfully completed her IPN M.Sc. Thesis Seminar! Congratulations!

May 25, 2017 

M.Sc. Student Lyssa Manning successfully completed her IPN M.Sc. Thesis Seminar! Congratulations!

May 15, 2017

Rajah Lab award CIHR Project Grant (2017-2022) “The impact of sex, menopausal status and +APOE4 risk for Alzheimer’s Disease on the neural correlates of episodic memory in healthy middle aged adults.” Please keep posted for Graduate & Post-doctoral fellowship opportunities.

Past Rajah Lab Events

Successful Ph.D. Defense of D. Maillet (From Left to Right: D. Kwon, N. Rajah, E. Ankudowich, D. Maillet, L. Wallace, A. Swierkot, S. Pasvanis)
Lab dinner, Summer 2015 (From Left to Right: E. Yu, S. Subramaniapillai, A. Swierkot, L. Wallace, H. Restle, N. Rajah, C. Rajagopal, L. Manning, E. Ankudowich, S. Pasvanis)
Lab dinner at SFN 2014 Washington, D.C.
(From left to right: A. Swierkot, E. Ankudowich, D. Kwon, L. Wallace, N. Rajah
Lab outting, Summer 2017 (From left to right: N. Rajah, S. Subramaniapillai, S. Pasvanis, A. Elshiekh, E. Yu, E. Ankudowich, C. Rajagopal, L. Manning)
Lab Holiday Dinner 2017 – Khyber Pass, Plateau, Montreal (From Left to Right: Stamatoula, Eric, Lizzy, Sivaniya, Jamie, Charana, Abdel, Anne, Natasha)