Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
Advisor: Dr. Tom Chau
Education & Training
Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from McGill University in 2016. During her undergraduate experience, she spent a summer researching the regulation of the myelin basic protein gene. Additionally, Sarah’s fourth year thesis focused on the histological analysis of mechanisms underlying T1/T2 weighted MRI contrast.
Sarah's research focuses on creating and evaluating an EEG-based brain-computer interface (BCI) controlled by motor imagery. The BCI is being designed for children with severe disabilities who are unable to communicate verbally or with body language, such as those with severe forms of cerebral palsy. She hopes that her research efforts will contribute to the translation of a BCI that would improve the quality of life for children with severe disabilities by allowing them to communicate basic needs and socialize with other kids.
In her free time, Sarah practices hot yoga and paints. She loves to travel, hike and explore remote parts of Canada. The longest outdoor canoe trip she has done was a 16-day trip down the Missinaibi River in northern Ontario.