A/PROF Andrew Zalesky

A/PROF Andrew Zalesky


  • Bioinformatics, Computational Statistics, Computational Modelling
  • Biological Psychiatry, Computational Psychiatry
  • Neuroengineering, Brain Stimulation, Neuroimaging
  • Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience, Network Neuroscience



  • Andrew Zalesky is Associate Professor and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He holds a joint appointment between Engineering and Medicine. Dr Zalesky has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers. He is identified in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics. This distinction ranks him in the top-1% of researchers worldwide in his field according to citations. He is the only person under the age of 40 across Engineering and Medicine to currently hold this distinction.

    Contributions: Dr Zalesky is internationally recognized for his work in network neuroscience, particularly in its application to neuropsychiatry. He developed the network-based statistic, a tool that is widely used to localize brain network pathology. His tool has been used in hundreds of published research studies. Dr Zalesky co-authored the award-winning textbook Fundamentals of Brain Network Analysis and co-founded the Australian Connectomics School.

    Research group: Dr Zalesky leads an interdisciplinary group of engineers and psychiatrists, who study brain networks in people with mental disorders and apply the knowledge gained from these basic studies to engineer improved therapies. His group provides a unique cross-faculty research capability across Psychiatry and Engineering, which has led to cross-faculty research linkages, joint student supervision and funding support. The group has expertise in human neuroimaging, network neuroscience, bioinformatics and neural stimulation technologies, particularly in their application to the study and treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

    Biography: Dr Zalesky received his PhD in 2006 from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne for research on math



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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BE (Hons), University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2003


Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • I am pleased to offer a $15,000 top-up stipend to suitably qualified local and international graduate students who are awarded a graduate research scholarship (e.g. APA, IPRS) to undertake a PhD at the University of Melbourne under my supervision. The stipend is in addition to the living allowance provided by the research scholarship. I can supervise candidates enrolling through the Melbourne School of Engineering or the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

    I am enthusiastic about supporting both computational projects aimed at developing new methodologies to study connectomic data, as well as clinical projects aiming to understand mental illness with brain imaging techniques. I am particularly keen to hear from talented graduate students with a desire to apply their computational or mathematical skills to understand the human brain in health and disease.

    Before contacting me, please check that you meet the relevant entry requirements to enrol at the University of Melbourne.