• August 2022 - I will be teaching BPK207- Sensorimotor control and learning for Fall 2022 semester at SFU.

  • July 2022 - I will be presenting at the NACOB 2022 conference in Ottawa.

  • April 2022 - I received the prestigious CIHR postdoc fellowship.

  • October 2021 - I joined the editorial board at Gait & Posture.

Sina Mehdizadeh

Sina Mehdizadeh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Simon Fraser University


I am a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at professor Max Donelan’s Locomotion Lab in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. I investigate gait adaptation through understanding the nervous system’s mechanisms of learning. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN. My research is on the neuromechanics of human locomotion. In other words, I try to understand principles underlying control of walking and to use these principles to design rehabilitation protocols for affected groups such as older adults at risk of falls. My research results have been published in premier academic journals in the field of biomechanics, motor control, and gerontology. I am also a member of editorial board of the Gait & Posture.


  • Locomotion neuromechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Gait
  • Motor Control
  • Movement variability


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering- Biomechanics, 2014

    Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology)

  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering- Biomechanics, 2009

    Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology)

  • BSc in Biomedical Engineering- Biomechanics, 2007

    Tehran Polytechnic (Amirkabir University of Technology)



Postdoctoral Fellow

Locomotion Lab- Simon Fraser University

Sep 2021 – Present Vancouver, Canada

Postdoctoral Fellow

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network

Oct 2018 – Aug 2021 Toronto, Canada

Senior Biomechanics

National Sports Institute of Malaysia

Sep 2016 – Oct 2018 Kula Lumpur, Malaysia


Computational Neuroscience

University Teaching Fundamentals

Advanced University Teaching

Prospective Professors in Training

Grants, Awards & Fellowships


  • Februray 2020- Computer vision for daily monitoring of gait instability to detect an increased risk of falling. CIHR. My Role: Co-investigator
  • Novemeber 2019- Video-Based gait assessment to monitor changes in health status and reduce hospital visits in older adults with dementia. CABHI. My Role: Co-investigator


  • June 2022- June 2025. CIHR Postdoc Fellowship- Accelerating gait adaptation through understanding the nervous system’s mechanisms of learning - 135K CAD

  • September 2020-September 2022. CANSSI Ontario Postdoc Fellowship- Deep learning to predict optimality of future foot placements in walking of older adults - 10K CAD

  • September 2020-September 2021 AGE-WELL postdoc fellowship- Artificial intelligence for the real-time prediction of optimal foot placement in the gait of older adults- 20K CAD

  • January 2019- December 2020. Mitacs Accelerate postdoc fellowship- A Vision-based system for intelligent monitoring of gait poses in Dementia- 45K CAD
  • September 2009- June 2014. Graduate fellowship- Quantifying stability and coordination in agility drills- Covered tution fees


  • 2020- Focus on Accessibility Awards- Government of Ontario, Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility - 2K CAD
  • 2019- CIHR Travel Award - 1K CAD
  • 2019- AGE-WELL ACCESS Award - 2K CAD
  • 2019- UHN Travel Award - 500 CAD
  • 2018- AGE-WELL Travel Award - covered travel and accommodation
  • 2015- 2nd International Berlin Autumn School on Movement Science Travel Award - covered travel and accommodation


I have taught the following courses in both graduate and undergraduate levels:

  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Statics
  • Dynamics

Please see my CV for further information.

I have also received the following certificates on teaching in higher education from the University of Toronto:

  • Fundamentals of Teaching in Higher Education
  • Advanced Teaching in Higher Education
  • Prospective Professors in Training

Please see the Certficate section on this website.