Angela Zhang's CV
McGill University — PhD Candidate in Integrated Program in Neuroscience. 2017 – present
Western University — BSc Honors Specialization in Neuroscience. Class of 2015.
McGill University — PhD research
My research is on intersubject similarity of cortical spatial patterns. I use functional MRI (fMRI) and naturalistic paradigms to measure real-world brain responses to visual and social stimuli.
Western University Whitehead Lab — 4th year thesis & summer researcher
Examined secondary damage and inflammation in remote areas following ischemia in the prefrontal cortex.
Western University Laird Lab — Volunteer lab assistant
Performed PCR’s to test genetic makup in connexin knockout mice in order to observe the consequences of gap junction mutations on reproduction.
Publications and Presentations
Zhang A, Farivar R. (2020) Intersubject Spatial Pattern Correlations During Movie Viewing Are Stimulus-Driven and Nonuniform Across the Cortex. Cerebral Cortex Communications. 1.
Weishaupt, N., Zhang, A., Deziel, R.A., Tasker, R.A., Whitehead, S.N. (2016) Prefrontal Ischemia in the Rat Leads to Secondary Damage and Inflammation in Remote Gray and White Matter Regions. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10.
Weishaupt, N. and Zhang, A. (2016) Why Doesn’t Your Brain Heal Like Your Skin?. Front Young Minds. 4:22. doi: 10.3389/frym.2016.00022
Zhang, A., Proulx, S., Chen, Y., & Farivar, R. Common spatial patterns of activation revealed during movie viewing. Program No. 221.10. 2018 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2018. Online.
Zhang, A., Proulx, S., Chen, Y., Akhavein, H., & Farivar, R. The Prototypical Spatial Pattern of the Brain during Movie Viewing. Program No. 108118. Canadian Association for Neuroscience – Association Canadienne des Neurosciences Meeting, 2016. Online.
Zhang, A., Khayat, P., Akhavein, H., Baldwin, A., Hess, R., & Farivar, R. Monkeys see snakes like humans do: A comparative analysis of internal noise and efficiency in contour integration. Program No. 54.18. 2016 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2016. Online.
Zhang, A., Khayat, P., Akhavein, H., Baldwin, A., Hess, R., & Farivar, R. (November 2016). Monkeys see snakes like humans do: A comparative analysis of internal noise and efficiency in contour integration. Poster session presented at the Vision Health Research Network Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.
November 2019: Research Update from Collaboration with NIPS. Talk presented at Conference between McGill and NIPS Japan, Montreal, QC.
September 2017: The Prototypical Spatial Pattern of the Brain During Movie Viewing. Talk presented at Ophthalmology Day Conference, Montreal, QC.
February 2017: The Study of Brain Patterns using fMRI: Current research and clinical applications. Talk presented at McGill Department of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, Montreal, QC.
November 2016: The Prototypical Spatial Pattern of the Brain During Movie Viewing. Talk presented at Convergence Initiative, Brain Reparative and Integrative Neuroscience Program and Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC.
Community and Leadership
CodeLife Ventilator Challenge — Organizer/Admin from March 2020 – May 2020
Part of a small team which organized a global competition to design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator in just two weeks. Over 2500 participants, 1000+ teams across 94 countries competed for a $200k prize. The winning design will provide ventilators to patients with COVID-19 around the world. Read more about the challenge here.
BRaIN Trainee Council — President from June 2017 – present
Lead a council of 5-6 members representing over 400 trainees. Organized social events, student-led journal clubs and technique sharing & learning events and facilitate support for new trainees.
Facility Animal Care Committee — Student representative from 2016 – 2018
Western Undergraduate Neuroscience Society — Co-Founder, VP Finance & Events Coordinator from 2013 – 2015
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario — One-to-one Tutor and Camp Counselor from 2012 – 2014
United Saints Recovery Project of New Orleans — Humanitarian Relief Volunteer in 2010
Alzheimer’s Society of London Ontario — Volunteer in 2010
Awards and Recognitions
Mitacs Globalink Research Award Abroad – 2018
Excellence Award, Poster presentation category, FRQS Vision Health Research Network 22nd Annual Meeting – 2016
Graduate research enhance and travel Award – 2016
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s -2016
IPN Master’s Recruitment Award – 2015
Medical Illustration Award, Laird Laboratory, UWO – 2013
In-course Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Year II, UWO – 2013
Western Scholarship of Excellence, UWO – 2011
Queen Elizabeth Aiming for the Top Scholarship, UWO – 2011