HoloBrain 2.0


The HoloBrain is an Augmented Reality (AR) teaching tool that was developed for the HoloLens in collaboration with the Microsoft Garage Internship programme. The HoloBrain uses 3D volumetric reconstructions from an MRI scan. The “education room” is organized by neuroanatomical systems and users can easily add and subtract structures and features in a dynamic way. A separate “MRI room” allows for direct correlation of the 3D reconstructions with the 2D MRI scans. These two features are a unique asset for student learning. Two research oriented rooms allow for the 4D visualization of fMRI data – a unique approach to the visualization and interpretation of these complex datasets. We also were able to visualize 4D cell motion datasets.


The HoloBrain project will be upgraded using Hololens 2 with Microsoft Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK). With this new technology, students can experience new ways to touch, grab and isolate brain structures. We look forward to developing an augmented-reality neuroanatomy lab at UBC with the Hololens 2 and Azure Spatial Anchors, that students will be able to access any time to study with 3D virtual specimens.

The Team

UBC Development Team

  • Dr. Claudia Krebs
  • Mehrdad Ghomi
  • Dante Cerron
  • Ishan Dixit
  • Cynthia Liu
  • Yana Pertels
  • Robyn Choi
  • Parker Holman
  • Tamara Bodnar
  • Degly Sebastian Pava
  • Sean Jeon
  • Kyle Mas
  • Silver Xu

ECE Capstone Team

  • Aviral Gargn
  • Chen Chen
  • Krystin Lee
  • Tom Lee
  • Mehrdad Ghomi
  • Kai Wing Kevin Tang

Microsoft Support

  • Peter Doidge-Harrison
  • Stephane Morichere-Matte

Microsoft Garage Interns

  • Kevin Jacyna
  • Reem Razak
  • Roxanne Plante
  • Salma Aly
  • Shirley Mao
  • Sean Tohidi