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Adeel Razi


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 2021-2023
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness




Adeel Razi’s research is cross-disciplinary, combining engineering, physics, and machine-learning approaches to answer questions that are motivated by and grounded in neurobiology. This approach enables him to go beyond traditional boundaries to understand how the brain implements cognition.

Razi’s research program has three strands:

1) Mathematical modelling to characterise how different parts of the brain work together to process information and how this processing is disrupted with different brain pathologies;

2) Development of neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence schemes to understand how the brain performs reasoning, learning and planning;

3) Use of classical psychedelics (e.g. LSD and Psilocybin) in combination with computational modelling to understand neural mechanisms underlying altered states of consciousness.


  • Emerging Leadership Fellow, Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2021
  • Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2018
  • Postgraduate Research Excellence Award, University of New South Wales, 2008
  • International Postgraduate Research Student Fellowship, University of New South Wales, 2007
  • University Gold Medal, N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, 2002

Relevant Publications

  • Friston, K.J., Fagerholm, E.D., Zarghami, T.S., Parr, T. Hipólito, I., Magrou, L., Razi, A. (2021). Parcels and particles: Markov blankets in the brain. Network Neuroscience, 5 (1), 211–251. DOI: 10.1162/netn_a_00175
  • E. Palacios, E., Razi, A., Parr, T., Kirchoff, M., Friston, K.J. (2020). On Markov blankets and hierarchical self-organisation. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 246, article no. 110089. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2019.110089
  • Preller, K. H., Razi, A., Zeidman, P., Stämpfli, P., Friston, K. J., & Vollenweider, F. X. (2019). Effective connectivity changes in LSD-induced altered states of consciousness in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(7), 2743-2748.

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