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Fuzhan Nasiri, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

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Fuzhan Nasiri, PhD, PEng
Office: S-EV 6207 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4172
Email: fuzhan.nasiri@concordia.ca
Website(s): Research Lab
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Dr. Fuzhan Nasiri is an associate professor at Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering (BCEE). Dr. Nasiri is also affiliated with Institut Nordique du Québec (INQ). Before joining Concordia, he worked at University College London (UCL) as a faculty member (2011-2014), at Yale University as a research scientist (2009-2011), and at GERAD research group as a postdoctoral fellow (2007-2009).

Dr. Nasiri holds a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, and MSc and BSc in Industrial Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.


Teaching

Courses

ENGR 301 - Engineering Management Principles & Economics

BLDG 6631 & 481 - Fundamentals of Facility Management

CIVI 6721 - Infrastructure Systems Modeling & Simulation

BLDG 6231 - Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Building and Civil Engineering

Awards

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science (GCS), Concordia University, 2018 

Provost’s Teaching Award (Outstanding Contribution in Teaching & Learning), University College London (UCL
), 2013


Research

Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Relapse, Learning, Neuroscience

Overview: Fundamental learning processes like Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning play a central role in the use, misuse and abuse of psychoactive substances like alcohol. In my laboratory, we use preclinical models in rats to study psychological processes and neurobiological systems that regulate drug-seeking behaviours and relapse. Neuroscientific techniques include neuropharmacology, in-vivo optogenetics, chemogenetics, in-vitro electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry. We are currently pursing three exciting research directions that probe the central hypothesis that environmental stimuli that become associated with alcohol help to maintain alcohol use and trigger relapse. Project 1 seeks to identify neural processes that are needed for the expression of alcohol-seeking behaviours triggered by Pavlovian alcohol cues. Project 2 investigates brain mechanisms that mediate the inhibition or extinction of responding to Pavlovian cues that occurs when a cue is no longer followed by an expected event. Project 3 examines the effect of nicotine, the main active ingredient in tobacco, on alcohol-seeking behaviours triggered by Pavlovian alcohol cues. Translational studies are also underway to test the utility of compounds that act on the cholinergic system in the brain in preventing relapse to alcohol seeking behaviour. Through this research, we hope to expand our understanding of how drug abuse develops and inform new treatments for dependence and addiction.

Funding: My research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences Engineering and Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and Concordia University.

Graduate students: Milan Valyear, Franz Villaruel, Mandy LeCocq and Alexa Brown

Post docs: Shaun Khoo

Research Assistants: Audrey Zaari and Soraya Lahlou

Volunteers: Nadine Padillo, Ghislaine Deyab

Undergraduate Honour's thesis students: Alexandra Bumbu


Membership

Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Relapse, Learning, Neuroscience

Overview: Fundamental learning processes like Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning play a central role in the use, misuse and abuse of psychoactive substances like alcohol. In my laboratory, we use preclinical models in rats to study psychological processes and neurobiological systems that regulate drug-seeking behaviours and relapse. Neuroscientific techniques include neuropharmacology, in-vivo optogenetics, chemogenetics, in-vitro electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry. We are currently pursing three exciting research directions that probe the central hypothesis that environmental stimuli that become associated with alcohol help to maintain alcohol use and trigger relapse. Project 1 seeks to identify neural processes that are needed for the expression of alcohol-seeking behaviours triggered by Pavlovian alcohol cues. Project 2 investigates brain mechanisms that mediate the inhibition or extinction of responding to Pavlovian cues that occurs when a cue is no longer followed by an expected event. Project 3 examines the effect of nicotine, the main active ingredient in tobacco, on alcohol-seeking behaviours triggered by Pavlovian alcohol cues. Translational studies are also underway to test the utility of compounds that act on the cholinergic system in the brain in preventing relapse to alcohol seeking behaviour. Through this research, we hope to expand our understanding of how drug abuse develops and inform new treatments for dependence and addiction.

Funding: My research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences Engineering and Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and Concordia University.

Graduate students: Milan Valyear, Franz Villaruel, Mandy LeCocq and Alexa Brown

Post docs: Shaun Khoo

Research Assistants: Audrey Zaari and Soraya Lahlou

Volunteers: Nadine Padillo, Ghislaine Deyab

Undergraduate Honour's thesis students: Alexandra Bumbu


Publications

Dr. Chaudhri earned her B.A. in Biological Foundations of Behavior with a concentration in Neuroscience at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, USA. She completed her Ph. D. in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Dr. Chaudhri did her post-doctoral training in Neurobiology at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California in San Francisco. She joined the CSBN and the Department of Psychology at Concordia University in January 2010 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in June 2014.

Fun fact

I get a kick out of growing (veggies), hunting (mushrooms) and catching (fish) my own food.


In Media

Jose Mendoza, M.A. (2011-2013)
Lindsay Sparks, M.A. (2010-2012, now a Ph. D. candidate in the Pfaus lab)

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