Research Group

Principal Investigator

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Adeel Razi
Associate Professor & NHMRC Investigator (Emerging Leadership)
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Brain, Mind & Consciousness program
Affiliation:
Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psycholoigcal Sciecnces, and Monash Data Futures Institute
Education:
Postdoc, Computational Neuroscience, University College London, UK. Supervisor: Karl J. Friston
PhD (Electrical Engineering), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Supervisor: Jinhong Yuan
MSc (Electrical Engineering), RWTH Aachen, Germany
BEng (Electrical Engineering), NED University of Engg & Tech, Karachi, Pakistan
Contact details:
Monash Biomedical Imaging, Room 116, 770 Blackburn Road, Clayton 3800, Australia
E-mail: adeel.razi [@] monash [DOT] edu

Website  —  Google Scholar  —  Researchgate  —  LinkedIn  —  Twitter

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Leonardo Novelli

Current Position: Research Fellow, Monash University, Nov. 2020 - to date
Education:
PhD (Complex Systems), University of Sydney, Australia, 2017-2020. Supervisor: Joseph Lizier
MSc (Neural Systems and Computation), 2014-2016, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Switzerland
BSc (Mathematics), 2010-2013, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Keywords: Network neuroscience; Information theory; Dynamic causal modelling
Google Scholar  —  Researchgate

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Devon Stoliker

Current Position: Research Fellow, Monash University, April 2023 - to date
Education:
PhD (Neuroscience) at Monash University, 2019-2023. Supervisors: Adeel Razi and Gary Egan
BA (Psychology) with Honours, University of Guelph, Canada
Keywords: Psychedelics; Dynamic causal modelling; Consciousness
Website  —  Google Scholar

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Moein Khajehnejad

Current Position: Research Fellow, Monash University, May 2023 - to date
Education:
PhD (Data Science and AI), Monash University, Australia, 2019-2023. Supervisors: Bernd Meyer and Julián García
BSc (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences), 2011-2016, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Game theory; Reinforcement learning, Graph representational learning, Active inference
Website  —  Google Scholar

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Mehran Bazargani

Current Position: Research Fellow, Monash University, June 2024 - to date
Education:
PhD (Machine Learning), University College Dublin, Ireland, 2017-2021. Supervisor: Brian Mac Namee
MSc (Computer Engineering), 2011-2013, Eastern Mediterranean University, Turkey
Keywords: Active inference, Generative models, Hallucinations
Website  —  Google Scholar

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Brett Kagan

Current Position: Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University, Nov. 2022 - to date
Chief Scientific Officer at Cortical Labs 2019-present.
Education:
PhD (Neuroscience), Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2014-2018.
MSc (Neuroscience), Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, 2013-2014.
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Bond University, 2009-2013.
Keywords: Synthetic biological intelligence; Organoids; Stem cell engineering
Website  —  LinkedIn

PhD Students

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Aswin Paul

Education:
PhD candidate (Electrical Engineering) at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay - Monash Academy
MSc (Physics), National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, India
BSc (Physics), St. Stephen’s College (Delhi University), New Delhi, India
Supervisors: Adeel Razi (Main) and Manoj Gopalkrishnan (Main)
Start date: July 2019 – present
Keywords: Biological self-organization; Variational inference; Free-energy principle
GitHub  —  Google Scholar

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Mohsen Ghofrani-Jahromi

Education:
PhD candidate at Monash University
MSc (Biomedical Engineering), Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
BSc (Electrical Engineering, Shiraz University, Iran
Supervisors: Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis (Main), Adeel Razi, and Govinda Poudel
Start date: June 2021 – present
Keywords: Deep Learning; Huntington's Disease; Multimodal Neuroimaging

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Salma Mansour

Education:
PhD candidate at Monash University
BSc (Psychological Sciences), University of Melbourne, Australia
Supervisors: Michelle Byrne (Main), Adeel Razi, and Sarah Whittle
Start date: July 2021 – present
Keywords: Brain Connectivity; Inflammation; Neurodevelopment

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Tamrin Barta

Education:
PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Monash University
MSc (Psychology), University of Melbourne, Australia
BSc (Communication), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Supervisors: Adeel Razi (Main), Yifat Glikmann-Johnston, and Julie Stout
Start date: Feb 2022 – present
Keywords: Dynamic Causal Modelling; Huntington's Disease; Neurodegeneration

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Matthew Greaves

Education:
PhD candidate at Monash University
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, University of Melbourne, Australia
BFA, University of Melborune, Australia
Supervisors: Adeel Razi (Main), and Leonardo Novelli
Start date: Feb 2022 – present
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Structure-function relationships; Psychedelics

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Adam Manoogian

Education:
PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, at Monash University
MSc (Neuroscience), University of Geneva, Switzerland
BSc (Psychology), California State University Long Beach, USA
Supervisors: Jakob Hohwy (Main) and Adeel Razi
Start date: May 2022 – present
Keywords: Active inference, Dynamic causal modelling, Introspection.

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Vidushani Dhanwansa

Education:
PhD candidate, Department of AI and Data Science at Monash University
BE (Electrical & Electronics Engineering), Curtin University, Australia
Supervisors: Levin Kuhlmann (Main) and Adeel Razi
Start date: July 2022 – present
Keywords: Machine Learning, Consciousness, Anaesthesia

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Lars Sandved-Smith

Education:
PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, at Monash University
MSc (Modelling for Neuronal and Cognitive Systems), Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France
MSc (Physics and Philosophy), University of Manchester and University of California, Berkeley, USA
BA (Bilingual English-French), Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye, France
Supervisors: Jakob Hohwy (Main) and Adeel Razi
Start date: October 2022 – present
Keywords: Active inference, Meditation

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Sin Yee Yap

Education:
PhD candidate, School of IT, at Monash University
BSc (Bioinformatics) with Honours, University of Technology Malaysia
Supervisors: Ting Chee Ming (Main), Adeel Razi, Rapahel Phan, and David Dowe
Start date: October 2022 – present
Keywords: Deep learning, Brain connectivity

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James Walker

Education:
PhD candidate, School of Psychological Sciences, at Monash University
BEcon (Hons) (Econometrics), Monash University
BSc (Mathematical Statistics, with University Medal), Monash University
Supervisors: Adeel Razi (Main) and Moein Khajehnejad
Start date: Feb 2024 – present
Keywords: Active inference, Synthetic biological intelligence

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Sarah Wallis

Education:
PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate, School of Psychological Science, at Monash University
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Monash University
Supervisors: Adeel Razi (Main) and Ian Harding
Start date: Feb 2024 – present
Keywords: Cerebellar-cerebral connectivity, Dynamic casusal modelling

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Vismay Agrawal

Education:
PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, at Monash University
BTech and MTech (dual degree), Engineering Design, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Supervisors: Jakob Hohwy (Main) and Adeel Razi
Start date: March 2024 – present
Keywords: Active inference, Psychedelics, Meditation

Visiting students

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Filip Novicky

Education:
PhD candidate, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior & Donders Centre for Neuroscience – Neurophysics, Netherlands
MSc, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Psychedelics, Active inference

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Navid Masjedi

Education:
MSc (Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience) candidate, Maastricht University, Netherlands
BSc (Psychology), Maastricht University, Netherlands
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Psychedelics

Honours Students

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Nayef Hammad

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Candidate, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Psychedelics

Alumni

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Mahasen El Kantar

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Young-onset dementia
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2022

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Alexis Kanat

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Parkinson's disease
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2022

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Ethan Wills

Education:
MSc (Artificial Intelligence), Monash University, Melbourne, Asutralia
BSc (Mathematics) & BSc (Computer Science), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Deep active inference, World models
Last role: Master's Thesis Student, 2022

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Jack Schenkman

Education:
BE (Electrical Engineering) Candidate, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
Keywords: Active inference, Biological neural networks
Last role: Visiting Student, 2022

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Martin Williams

Education:
PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2007-2012
MSc, University of California Davis, USA
BSc, University of Sydney, Australia
Keywords: Psychedelics; Psychedelic-assisted-psychotherapy
Last role: Senior Research Officer, Monash University, Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

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James Jackson

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Monash University, Australia
Last Role: Research Officer, Monash University, Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

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Jessica Kwee

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Monash University, Australia
Last role: Research Officer, Monash University, Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

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Devon Stoliker

Current Role: Research Fellow, Monash University, April 2023 - to date
Education:
PhD (Psychology) at Monash University, 2019-2023. Supervisor: Adeel Razi and and Gary Egan
BSc (Honours), Psychology, University of Guelph, Canada
Keywords: Psychedelics; Dynamic causal modelling; Consciousness
Last role: PhD Student, 2019-2023

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Lingbin Bian

Current Role : Research Assistant Professor, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China, 2022 - present
Education:
PhD at Monash University, Department of Mathematics, 2021, supervised by Jonathan Keith (Main), Adeel Razi, Tiangang Cui
MSc, Signal Processing and Communications, The University of Edinburgh
BE, Industrial Electronics and Control, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) - University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST)
Keywords: Bayesian inference; Stochastic block models; Brain networks, Resting state functional MRI
Last role: PhD Student, 2018-2021

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Hoang Anh Mai

Education:
BSc (Psychology) with Honours, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Psychedelics
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2021

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Siti Raisya Audrea

Education:
Bachelors of Psychology, (Honours), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2021

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Garance Delagneau

Education:
PhD candidate (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Monash University
Master’s of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia
BSc, University of Montreal, Canada
Last role: Research Assistant, 2020-2021

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Sidhant Chopra

Current Role: Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, 2022 - present
Education:
PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Monash University
BSc (Psychology), Australian National University
Last role: Research Assistant, 2020-2021

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Hannes Almgren

Current Role: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Calgary, 2020 - present
Education:
PhD, Department of Data Analysis, Ghent University, 2020, supervised by Daniele Marinazzo and Adeel Razi
MSc, Experimental and Theoretical Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium
BSc, Experimental and Theoretical Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling; Resting state functional MRI; Ageing and functional compensation
Last Role: PhD Student, 2016-2020

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Hannah Cummins

Education:
Bachelors of Psychology, (Honours), Candidate, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Parkinson’s disease
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2020

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Sean Ng

Education:
Bachelors of Psychology, (Honours), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Dynamic causal modelling, Alzheimer’s disease, Depression
Last role: Honours Thesis Student, 2019

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Anna Carmichael

Education:
PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Monash University
MA, Psychology, Brandies University, USA
BSc (Honours), Psychology, Texas A&M University, USA
Last role: Research Assistant, 2019

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Seda Sacu

Education:
PhD Candidate, Univesity of Mannheim, Germany, 2021 - present
MSc (Brain and Mind), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
BA (Psychology), Hacettepe University, Turkey
Last role: Master’s Thesis Student, 2019

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Ensor Palacios

Education:
PhD Candidate (funded by Wellcome Trust) at University of Bristol, U.K, 2018 - present
MSc (Psychology), Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Last role: Master’s Thesis Student, 2018

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Andrew Dixon

Education:
PhD Candidate, University of Queensland, 2019 - present
BSc Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and BSc (Mathematics), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Last role: Summer Research Student, 2018/19

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Didi Chi

Education:
PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne, 2019 - present ME (Electrical), BSc (Electrical Systems), University of Melbourne, Australia
Last role: Summer Research Student, 2018/19