The Brain Image Team (BIT) aspires to be a world-class research team that espouses some key values in achieving our common research goals.

Lab culture is particularly important, and we aim to support team members as best as possible in developing their skills in programming, writing and presentation. Our team’s core values include: Excellence, Integrity, Impact, Rigour; as well as Teamwork, Collaboration, Accountability; in addition to Safety, Respect, Empathy; furthermore we incorporate principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Diversity in our team is reflected in our members coming from around the world and speaking 14 languages! We thrive with unique viewpoints.

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact us

Ethan MacDonald

Assistant Professor,
Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Software Engineering

Ethan MacDonald is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Software Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology and member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Dementia Neuroteam. He completed technical diplomas in Electronics Engineering at the Nova Scotia Community College, before doing a bachelor’s degree at Lakehead University where he obtained a first class standing. He moved to Calgary to pursue his passion of skiing, where he completed a MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and then completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Radiology also at the University of Calgary. Dr MacDonald was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering in 2020, and was a founding member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2022.

Abdol Jalil Addeh

Graduate Student,
Biomedical Engineering

I am Abdoljalil (Jalil) Addeh, a graduate student at University of Calgary, research assistant at MacDonald Lab, and trainee at Hotchkiss Brain Institute. My research interests include application of AI algorithms for Biomedical Signals & Images Processing. I am particularly interested in the effect of respiratory variation on functional magnetic resonance imaging data. In my free time I enjoy reading history book.

Fernando Vega

Graduate Student,
Biomedical Engineering

My name is Fernando Vega, MSc. Student in Biomedical Engineering. I’m from Mexico where I studied the BSc. In Biomedical Engineering. Currently, I'm working on improving Alzheimer’s Disease detection using neuroimaging such as MRI and PET with deep learning. I enjoy reading, playing videogames and playing the piano.

Aashka Mohite

Graduate Student,
Electrical and Software Engineering

I am Aashka Mohite, a graduate student in electrical and software engineering specialization in Medical Imaging at University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Ethan MacDonald. My research project focuses on investigating the role of Genetics in neurodegenerative diseases using Machine learning and Big data. My interests include sketching, travelling and reading ancient literatures.

Rory Gilliland

Graduate Student,
Biomedical Engineering

I am a student from Calgary pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. My academic interests include antimicrobial resistance, artificial intelligence, and biochemistry. Outside of my work, I love exploring Calgary and the mountains through running, skiing, rowing, cycling, and photography. Feel free to email me at!

Pattarawut Charatpangoon

Graduate Student,
Biomedical Engineering

Pattarawut Charatpangoon (Pat) received his B.E. and M.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, in 2013 and Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2017, respectively. He worked at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for eight years. His experience was related to energy forecasting.


Emily Munro

My name is Emily, and I am in my 4th year of a BSc in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary. I love doing research, especially in the field of neuroscience, and hope to obtain a Master’s degree and PhD in the future.

Ahmed Elmenshawi

Coming soon..

Karen Ardila Lopez

I am a biomedical engineer from Colombia, and I've had experience in brain analysis through functional connectivity for mild cognitive impairment on EEG. I joined the lab through Mitacs GRI 2022, working on implementing machine learning and genome-wide association study to discover genetic effects on brain aging. I am passionate about painting, research, and learning languages.

Pratishthit Medi

Coming soon..

Eremiahs Fikre

Eremiahs is a final year undergraduate student with a major in civil engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering at the University of Calgary. His research work within the lab focused on easing the workflow of diagnosing as well as characterizing cerebrovascular abnormalities in low dose CT perfusion maps using machine learning particularly autoencoders . Outside of academics, Eremiahs enjoys shooting hoops and playing the guitar.


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Mailing Address
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University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2N 1N4