The Team

Professor Margie Wright

Associate Professor Margie Wright (Principal Research Fellow)

Associate Professor Margie Wright leads the Imaging Genomics group at the Queensland Brain Institute. Her research focuses on the neurobiological causes and modifiers of cognitive function associated with development, including ageing, and, especially brain disorders. Much of this work takes a multi-method approach using neuroimaging (sMRI, dMRI, task and resting state fMRI) and cutting-edge techniques to interrogate brain images in key periods (e.g. adolescence) and across the lifespan in twin and non-twin cohorts, as well as neuropsychological tests, and behavioural and molecular genetic approaches.

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Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University

Bachelor of Neurophysiology (Hons 1), University of Otago

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +61 7 334 63112

Dr Narelle Hansell (Research Fellow)

Narelle completed a Bachelor of Arts (double major in psychology), followed by first class Honours in psychology, at the University of Queensland. Her PhD was based at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (now known as QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute), where she merged her interest in psychology with that of behaviour genetics to investigate genetic influences on brain function and cognitive processing. In 2003 she took a postdoctoral position with QIMR Berghofer where her work focussed on the genetic analysis of twin data and explored the extent of genetic and environmental influence on multiple behavioural traits, and more recently, brain structure and function. In January 2016 she took up a position as Research Fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute to work with A/Prof Margie Wright on a longitudinal twin study exploring neurodevelopment during early adolescence.

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Doctor of Philosophy (2003), The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)(1997), The University of Queensland

Email: [email protected]

Building: Ritchie Research Laboratories, #64A
Room: 212

Dr Lachlan Strike (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Lachlan completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and PhD at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on examining genetic influences on structural and diffusion neuroimaging phenotypes.

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Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), The University of Queensland

Victoria O'Callaghan (PhD Candidate)

Victoria commenced her PhD with the lab in 2018. She is investigating the effects of depressive symptoms and sleep problems on the brain.

Bachelor of Science (Hons I), The University of Queensland

Islay Davies (PhD Student)

Islay commenced her PhD with the lab in 2018. She is investigating the heritability of resting state functional connectivity.

BSc (Hons 1) Psychology, The University of Queensland

Master of IT, Queensland University of Technology

BA (Japanese), Griffith University

CELTA (Cert. in English Language Teaching to Adults)

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller (Research Assistant)

Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland. She is currently involved in several projects run by the Wright Group within the Queensland Brain Institute, including the Queensland Twin Adolescent Brain Project and the ‘Imagine Cerebral Palsy’ Genome and Connectome Study. For more information about these projects, please visit our ‘Featured Projects’ section.

The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Dr Liza van Eijk (PhD candidate  2015 – 2019)

Dr Daniel Hwang (PhD candidate 2014 – 2018)

Dr Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne (PhD candidate 2013 – 2017)



Ethan Campi (Honours)

Gabriella Lemass (Winter scholar)


Jack Downes (Ashintosh-QBI Summer scholar)

Oksana Bar (Ashintosh-QBI Summer scholar)

Montana Samantzis (SCIE3011)

Rohit Haldar (Winter scholar)


Phoebe Mayne (Honours)

Victoria O’Callaghan (Honours)

Daniel How (Summer scholar)

Gurbinder Kaur (Winter scholar)


Schwanagorn Sirirat (Summer scholar)

Vanessa Yiwen Lo (Summer scholar)

Sishu Zhou (Summer scholar)


Tom Changlai (Summer scholar)