Dr. Nasim Montazeri is the new Assistant Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining Queen's, she was a postdoctoral fellow at two well-known hospitals: the Sunnybrook Research Institute and University Health Network in Toronto. She believes that working in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, is an excellent opportunity for a biomedical engineer to have a deeper understanding of healthcare gaps and to cooperate directly with key stakeholders such as physicians and patients. She also suggests getting involved in entrepreneurship that expedites the process of translating a biomedical answer to a healthcare gap into valuable knowledge for clinicians and patients. Dr. Montazeri was a woman entrepreneur and the co-founder of the BioSenseTex, a start-up company with expertise in developing innovative medical textile-based wearables. Dr. Montazeri was the recipient of several entrepreneurship awards, for her innovative research on developing acoustical and textile-based health monitoring devices.

She received a double PhD degree in signal processing and biomedical engineering from the University of Rennes 1 in France and Sharif University of Technology in Iran with focus on the application of machine learning and probabilistic models in healthcare. Dr. Montazeri obtained a dual BSc degree in biomedical and control engineering and a MSc degree in biomedical engineering. To date her research has led to more than 40 journal article publications, conference presentations, abstracts and invited talks in major clinical and engineering venues such as American Thoracic Society (ATS), European Respiratory Society (ERS), World Sleep Congress, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), IEEE-EMBC, and IEEE-ISSPIT. Her research interests include the development of medical wearables that promote remote health monitoring, the analysis of health data, and the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare—more specifically in sleep.