Careesa Liu is a PhD student in the NeuroTech Lab. She is a recipient of the CIHR Doctoral Award, and her research focuses on resting state brain activity and the development of novel medical technologies for monitoring recovery from major brain trauma as well as dementia.
She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Prior to SFU, she worked for the National Research Council Canada in Halifax, where she co-invented the Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS), a portable device for assessing brain function in behaviorally unresponsive brain-injured patients. She also collaborated with researchers at Cambridge University to develop a novel imaging sequence for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which improved scanning efficiency and data quality. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at several international conferences. She also co-founded the award-winning student community engagement program SCORE (Surrey Collaborative Outreach and Research Experience), which is now in its second year.