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.

Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University

Bachelor of Neurophysiology (Hons 1), University of Otago

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

Narelle Hansell
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.

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’s Phd was conferred in 2018. He is continuing on in the lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. 

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

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

Victoria O'Callaghan (PhD Student)

Victoria commenced her PhD studies 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

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Islay Davies (PhD Student)

Islay commenced her PhD studies with us in 2018.

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)

Liza van Eijk
Liza van Eijk (PhD Student)

After completing a Bachelor of Psychology, Liza did a Research Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology. At the moment, she is doing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland focusing on sex differences in the brain. She is involved in Margie Wright’s Queensland Twin Adolescent Brain project at the Queensland Brain Institute. For more information about this study see ‘Featured Projects’ – ‘QTAB’.

VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

       Research Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology

Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

       Bachelor in Psychology

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

Coming soon …

Zoie Nott (Research Assistant)

Zoie joined the lab in 2017. She is currently involved with the collection of brain scans in the QTAB project.

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


Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne
Dr Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne

Baptiste’s PhD (Breaking down the genetics of depression using brain endophenotypes) was awarded in 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Dr Daniel Hwang

Daniel’s PhD (Individual differences in taste and their association with genes, dietary behaviour, and brain structure) was conferred in 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Translational Research Institute. 

Michelle Lupton
Dr Michelle Lupton

Michelle was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab. She is currently a senior research officer at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.



Ethan Campi (Honours)


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)