January 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)