Neurosciences Research Center welcomes new postdoctoral fellows
The Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health at Cook Children's is pleased to welcome two new postdoctoral fellows. These researchers will join the Neurosciences Research Center under the mentorship of Director, Christos Papadelis, Ph.D.
Sadra Shahdadian, Ph.D., was born and raised in Esfahan, Iran. He received his Bachelor of Science in 2012 and his Master of Science in 2017 in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy conversion. His interest in medical applications of mechanics led him to work on thermal effects of high intensity focused ultrasound on the brain as part of his master's thesis. In 2018, he moved to the United States and joined the doctoral program in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research there focused on investigating the effects of photobiomodulation on the brain's hemodynamic, metabolic and electrophysiological connectivity. He published several peer-reviewed papers and presented his work in national seminars and conferences, receiving the outstanding bioengineering Ph.D. student scholarship award in 2018 and 2021. As part of the Neurosciences Research Center team, Dr. Shahdadian will study brain plasticity in children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders. He will be using multimodal neuroimaging techniques, providing insights to the development of innovative neurorehabilitation interventions.
Hmayag Partamian, Ph.D., was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in electrical, electronics and computer engineering with a specialization in telecommunications from the Lebanese University in 2005. After working briefly in Lebanon developing data management tools, he moved to the United Arab Emirates for three years working as a mathematics and computer science teacher at SABIS® International School of Choueifat in Sharjah. He then decided to pursue his Master of Science in computational sciences at the American University of Beirut, where he received a full scholarship. His study focused on artificial intelligence for oil and gas exploratory multichannel data and he graduated in 2014. He then worked on diverse projects in Qatar and Lebanon developing tools for video analysis using distributed computing and optimizing building shapes to reduce power consumption. He joined the dynamic cardiodiagnostics team as a complex analytics engineer where he developed heart monitoring algorithms to detect rhythms and their abnormalities. He obtained his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the American University of Beirut in January 2023, where he studied and developed diverse methodologies to evaluate multichannel EEG data for seizure analysis using modern signal processing techniques, mathematical modeling and machine learning techniques. He joins the Cook Children's Neurosciences Research Center team to further develop the application of artificial intelligence and deep learning techniques to help children suffering from drug resistant epilepsy.