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Professor Andrew Zalesky

Associate Professor Andrew Zalesky is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC CDF and head of the Systems Neuropsychiatry & Neuroengineering Research Stream at the MNC

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Dr Zalesky graduated from the University of Melbourne with degrees in mathematics and engineering, and a PhD in December 2006. Since that time, under the supervision of Prof Christos Pantelis, he has co-authored a textbook and 100+ peer-reviewed papers, four of which featured in Essential Science Indicators’ most highly cited list. A/Prof Zalesky currently holds the NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and was awarded the 2014 Young Tall Poppy Science Award. His skills are in biological psychiatry, neuroimaging, biostatistics and systems neuroscience. He employs a multidisciplinary approach that combines computational science with magnetic resonance imaging data acquired in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. He has a proven track record in developing advanced computational models to identify neuropathology in the human brain and applying these models in collaboration with psychiatrists to understand mental illness in terms of the biological structure, function and axonal connectivity of the cortex. He utilises his formal training in computational science and engineering to complement the clinical expertise of his collaborators, allowing them to undertake complex studies involving the computational analysis of magnetic resonance imaging data acquired in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, most notably schizophrenia.

Current Projects

A/Prof Zalesky is currently running the following studies:

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Current Funding

Selective modulation of neural network activity using focal brain stimulation (2016-2019). Awarded by Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

Neuropsychiatric connectomics (2018-2022). NHMRC Research Fellowship.

Connectomic biotyping of schizophrenia patients (2018-2021). NHMRC Project Grant.

Personalised brain stimulation for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (2018-2021). NHMRC Project Grant.

Novel methods to study structural-functional connectivity in the brain (2017-2019). ARC Discovery Project.


Resilient brain networks in patients with schizophrenia and their unaffected siblings (2016-2019). NHMRC Project Grant.

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