Director of SSRL, Endowed research chair in surgical simulation

Differing to most medical researchers focusing on patients and their health problems, Dr. Bin Zheng puts surgeons under the spotlight. Explicitly, Bin is a human factors scientist with a special interest in understanding surgeon’s performance in the operating room. By identifying and removing harmful factors that cause stress to surgeons, and implementing safe measures and training program, Dr. Zheng aims to improve the work efficiency of surgeons in the team setting. Currently, Dr. Zheng is the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alberta.  He collaborates with surgeons, computing scientists, and psychologists to develop simulation and simulation-based programs for surgical training. The long-term goal is to promote the use of simulation in surgery for improving care quality and patient safety. 



Paola is a physician from Colombia who started to work as a research assistant in the Surgical Simulation Research Lab (SSRL) in 2016. Currently, she is completing her MSc in Surgical Education. Her current research is about the facilitation of performance and learning of surgical procedures using eye-tracking, virtual and augmented reality technologies.



​Jonathan Chainey received his medical degree from the University of Montreal,Québec in 2015. He then moved to Edmonton to undertake his residency training in neurosurgery at University of Alberta. He is currently in his 4th year of postgraduate study and completing a MSc in surgery with specialization in Surgical Education in the Surgical Simulation Research Lab (SSRL). His research focus on examining surgeon's eye-hand coordination during microneurosurgery. 


​Murodbek is ENT-physician from Uzbekistan. In 2018 he was awarded a scholarship by the president of Republic of Uzbekistan, which gave him opportunity to study in University of Alberta. Currently he enrolls into the MSc in the Department of Surgery with specialization in Surgical Education. His current research project is about using new video-recording technologies from operating room as effective teaching tool for residents in surgery. 


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