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.


May 14, 2023 The preprint of our study Sleep-insomnia superposition: opposing brain signatures of sleep in task-based and resting-state conditions is now available on BioRxiv
Apr 29, 2023 I presented a poster at the Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting.
Apr 17, 2023 My poster abstract Shared Neural Representations Between Sleep and Depression and Their Effect on Visual Perception was published at the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Apr 2, 2023 My paper A Modulation Layer to Increase Neural Network Robustness Against Data Quality Issues was accepted at the journal Transactions on Machine Learning Research.

selected publications

  1. Open Access
    A Modulation Layer to Increase Neural Network Robustness Against Data Quality Issues
    Abdelhack, Mohamed, Zhang, Jiaming, Tripathi, Sandhya, Fritz, Bradley, Felsky, Daniel, Avidan, Michael, Chen, Yixin, and King, Christopher
    Transactions on Machine Learning Research 2023
  2. Open Access
    Sharpening of hierarchical visual feature representations of blurred images
    Abdelhack, Mohamed, and Kamitani, Yukiyasu
    Eneuro 2018