Mohammad Niknazar

Mohammad received his B.Sc. degree in electrical-electronic engineering in 2007, and M.Sc. degree in electrical-biomedical engineering in 2010 from  Sharif University of Technology. There, the focus of his research was on detection and prediction of epileptic seizures using EEG recordings in rats as well as humans. He received his Ph.D. in signal, image and speech processing and telecommunication from Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble I, France. He worked on separation of fetal and maternal electrocardiogram (ECG) signals.

Mohammad came to the University of California, Riverside in 2014, working with both the Cell Biology & Neuroscience as well as the Psychology department  and his current focus is working on revealing some effects of sleep on memory consolidation.


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Dagmara is a 1st year post-doc in the Sleep and Cognition lab at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, where she investigated emergent stability in networks of neurons. Prior to that, she received an MSc in Neuroinfromatics from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Physics from the University of Warsaw. Daga is interested in the relationship between the sleep EEG oscillations, plasticity and learning, as well as computational and modelling methods aiding the understanding of brain function.

Mohsen Naji

Mohsen Naji began pursuing postdoctoral research in the Sleep and Cognition lab from December 2015. He received his doctorate in biomedical engineering (bioelectrics) in 2014 from the Science and Research Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran. During his PhD, he has worked on designing an emotion recognition system via fusion of forehead and electrocardiogram biosignals. His current research interests include biomedical signal processing and modeling the interaction of the autonomous and central nervous systems during sleep.

Maryam Shapourabad

Maryam joined the Sleep and Cognition lab in January 2015. She is interested in studying neural correlates underlying memory and learning by recording and analyzing EEG/ERP data during sleep and wakefulness. Her primary project is to investigate the rule of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) in encoding, consolidation (waking and sleeping consolidation) and retrieval of declarative memories. She is also involved in designing several ERP studies in the lab.