Aaron Mah

Aaron is originally from Vancouver, Canada. Aaron competed as an elite level gymnast where he represented the Canadian national team for over 10 years. He earned a scholarship to UC Berkeley where he was captain of the varsity gymnastics team for two years and completed a degree in Integrative Biology. He is now an MSc candidate in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine program at UBC, where he is a member of IBL.


  • Master of Science – Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The University of British Columbia (2021-Present)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2015-2019)


  • ICORD Trainee Travel Award, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, 2021
  • Best Poster Award, 2nd place in Master’s category, ICORD Trainee Symposium, 2021
  • Jesse Choper Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 2015-2019

Current Projects

  • Monitoring of free flap hemodynamics using novel optical techniques.
  • Studying the accuracy of different thermometry methods for measuring body temperature.


Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Biophotonics, Exercise Physiology, Gymnastics, Basketball.


  1. Park J, Mah AJ, Nguyen T, Park S, Ghazi Zadeh L, Shadgan B, Gandjbakhche AH. Modification of a Conventional Deep Learning Model to Classify Simulated Breathing Patterns: A Step toward Real-Time Monitoring of Patients with Respiratory Infectious Diseases. Sensors. 2023; 23(12):5592. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23125592
  2. Aaron Mah, Mehdi Nourizadeh, Justin Wyss, Shahbaz Askari, Babak Shadgan, “Predicting muscle anaerobic threshold by using a wearable optical sensor during exercise,” Proc. SPIE 12375, Biophotonics in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Health Monitoring Technologies, and Wearables IV, 123750B (6 March 2023); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2668675
  3. Nouri Zadeh M, Mah AJ, Wyss J, Johnson J, Lazarevic S, Shadgan B. Investigating the relationship between prefrontal cortex oxygenation and locomotor muscle oxygenation during incremental exercise using near-infrared spectroscopy. CMBES Proc. [Internet]. 2023May14 [cited 2023May19];45. Available from: https://proceedings.cmbes.ca/index.php/proceedings/article/view/1023
  4. Wyss JKM, Mah AJ, Nouri Zadeh M, Johnson J, Lazarevik S, Shadgan B. Can Heart-Rate Monitors Predict Muscle Anaerobic Threshold during Intense Exercise? CMBES Proc. [Internet]. 2023May14 [cited 2023May19];45. Available from: https://proceedings.cmbes.ca/index.php/proceedings/article/view/1060
  5. Aaron Mah, Donald Anderson, Shahbaz Askari, Sadra Khosravi, Oleksandr Butskiy, Babak Shadgan, “Optical monitoring of transplanted free flaps using an implantable near-infrared spectroscopy sensor,” Proc. SPIE 12375, Biophotonics in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Health Monitoring Technologies, and Wearables IV, 123750C (6 March 2023); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2668817
  6. Aaron Mah, Leili Ghazi Zadeh, Mahta Khoshnam Tehrani, Shahbaz Askari, Babak Shadgan. Studying the accuracy of infrared thermography for measuring core body temperature. Proc. SPIE 11956, Biophotonics in Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Health Monitoring Technologies, and Wearables III, 119560E (2 March 2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2608929
  7. Mah AJ, Nguyen T, Ghazi Zadeh L, Shadgan A, Khaksari K, Nourizadeh M, Zaidi A, Park S, Gandjbakhche AH, Shadgan B. Optical Monitoring of Breathing Patterns and Tissue Oxygenation: A Potential Application in COVID-19 Screening and Monitoring. Sensors. 2022; 22(19):7274. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22197274
  8. Mah AJ, Ghazi Zadeh L, Khoshnam Tehrani M, Askari S, Gandjbakhche AH, Shadgan B. Studying the Accuracy and Function of Different Thermometry Techniques for Measuring Body Temperature. Biology. 2021; 10(12):1327. https://doi.org/10.3390/biology10121327