Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
Advisor: Dr. Tom Chau
Education & Training
Larissa received a B.Eng from McMaster University in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering in 2010. She was involved in biomedical engineering research at McMaster University for two years, participating in a project exploring electrical stimulation and sensory protection techniques to preserve muscle function following nerve injuries. During her undergraduate studies, she also had the opportunity to complete a design project focused on paediatric rehabilitation. This project involved designing and developing an instrumentation system to quantify range of motion of the upper limb for children recovering from peripheral nerve injury. Larissa’s studies and research helped develop her interest in rehabilitation engineering and pursuing graduate work in this area. Larissa recently completed her MASc. in the PRISM Lab, and is now embarking on her PhD studies.
Larissa’s current research focuses on developing a means of communication without the use of the peripheral nervous system for individuals with motor impairments. Specifically, her work is focused on establishing a brain-computer interface that measures hemodynamic activity using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
Larissa enjoys playing sports, including volleyball, hockey and badminton, as well as reading and listening to music.