Mohamed Abdelhack

Computational Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow Whole Person and Population Modelling Lab.


Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics

250 College St.

Toronto, Canada

I am a computational neuroscientist interested in the interface between neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and psychiatry. I use machine learning to model cognitive processes especially visual inference and investigate how perturbations in these models can emulate psychiatric conditions. I utilize fMRI data as well as electronic medical records.

I am currently investigating neurological substrates of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and how they can affect physical health. My other research interests span computational neuroscience, healthcare informatics, and deep learning.

Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, I left as an electrical engineer in 2012 and have been traversing through different countries in search for good science and good human beings. I did my graduate studies in OIST (MSc.) and Kyoto University (PhD under the supervision of Prof. Yuki Kamitani). Before moving into Canada, I completed a Postdoc in Washington University in St. Louis.

When I’m not sciencing, I am either reading, playing sports (currently interested in calisthenics and bouldering but these can change anytime), travelling (visas permitting), walking and listening to music, or searching for a new fun activity.

I also appreciate a good conversation about politics, human rights, history, philosophy, and geography. In a parallel universe (or alternate timeline), I’m a news reporter covering hot events live from the field. I’m a pan-Arab, pan-African, and pan-World (if that’s a thing). When it comes to food, I’m very politically incorrect and biased so ask me at your own risk.


Sep 25, 2022 Check out Arabs in Neuroscience flash talk at the Neuromatch Conference 5.0 titled: Computational Neuroscience in the Arab World.
Sep 25, 2022 Our paper Sex-specific associations between lifetime diagnosis of bipolar disorder and cardiovascular disease: A cross-sectional analysis of 257,673 participants from the UK Biobank was recently published in the Journal for Affective Disorders.
Sep 4, 2022 I served as a teaching assistant at the IBRO-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo Summer School.
Jul 31, 2022 I had a interview on the Instagram show PhD - The Philosophical Drama about networking and community building in academia.

selected publications

  1. Open Access
    Sharpening of hierarchical visual feature representations of blurred images
    Abdelhack, Mohamed, and Kamitani, Yukiyasu
    Eneuro 2018