Mac Shine, Principal Investigator – Mac is a systems neurobiologist working to understand the mechanisms of cognition and attention using functional brain imaging, both in health and disease. He has a particular interest in understanding how the different arms of the ascending arousal system flexibly modulate the cross-scale organisation of the brain to facilitate adaptive behaviour. He is currently working as a joint NHMRC/Bellberry fellow at The University of Sydney.

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Twitter: @jmacshine

Eli Müller, Postdoctoral researcher – Eli is a postgraduate researcher in physics and neuroscience within the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. His research focusses on systems neuroscience, using dynamical systems theory to guide analysis of large scale biophysical brain models of arousal, Parkinson’s disease, and deep brain stimulation treatments. He uses insights gleaned from these models, and their anatomical underpinnings, to shape novel techniques for analysing whole-brain neuroimaging datasets with a particular focus on brain state trajectories across cognition and consciousness.

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Twitter: @eli_j_muller

Brandon Munn, Postdoctoral researcher – Brandon is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. His career goal is to understand the hidden order of complex systems through physics-inspired insights. He has a particular interest in the brain and how its many cross-scale systems interact to give rise to a singular unified conscious experience. This passion was ingrained from his doctoral studies within the Complex Systems group at the University of Sydney’s School of Physics. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, where he is applying his novel skillset to understand the machinations of the human mind.

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Twitter: @DrBMunn

Christopher Whyte, PhD Candidate – Christopher works on the thalamocortical and neuromodulatory mechanisms underlying transitions between conscious and unconscious brain states from the perspective of dynamical system theory using both micro-scale (spiking) and macro-scale (neural mass) models.

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Twitter: @chrisjackwhyte

Joshua Tan, PhD Candidatetbd.

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Twitter: @joshtan19

Annie Bryant, PhD candidate – Annie is a PhD candidate supervised by Ben Fulcher in the Dynamics and Neural Systems Lab and co-supervised by Mac. She previously studied Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, implementing techniques from neuroimaging and bioinformatics. Annie’s thesis research now focuses on data-driven time-series analysis of altered brain dynamics across conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Twitter: @AnnieGBryant

Isabella Orlando, PhD candidate – tbd.

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Twitter: @bella__orlando

Lab Alumni

  • Natasha Taylor (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Gabriel Wainstein (Harvard University, USA)
  • Vicente Medel (BrainLat Institute, Chile)
  • Danyal Akarca (Imperial College London, England)
  • Andrii Zahorodnii (Massacheussets Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Yinuo Han (Cambridge University, England)
  • Chanelle Noble (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Lennon Abonyi (Plenti, Australia)



  • Joe Lizier (University of Sydney)
  • Ben Fulcher (University of Sydney)
  • Michael Breakspear (Newcastle University)
  • Rob Sanders (University of Sydney)
  • Sharon Naismith (University of Sydney)
  • Elie Matar (University of Sydney)
  • Claire O’Callaghan (University of Sydney)
  • Thomas Carlson (University of Sydney)
  • Glenda Halliday (University of Sydney)
  • Simon Lewis (University of Sydney)
  • Aurina Arnatkevicute (Monash University)


  • Russ Poldrack (Stanford University)
  • Olaf Sporns (Indiana University)
  • Yuri Saalman (University of Wisconsin)
  • Laura Lewis (Boston University)
  • Yohan Josh (Boston University)
  • Patrick Bissett (Stanford University)
  • Sanmi Koyejo (University of Illinois)
  • Kai Hwang (Iowa University)
  • Catie Chang (Vanderbilt University)
  • Emily Finn (Dartmouth University)
  • Andreas Horn (Harvard University)
  • Ralph Adolphs (California Institute of Technology)


  • Bratislav Misic (The Neuro)
  • Paul Cisek (University of Montreal)
  • Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens (University of Waterloo)
  • James Danckaert (University of Waterloo)


  • Matthew Larkum (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Sofie Valk (Max Planck, Liepzig)
  • Doug Garrett (Max Planck, Berlin)
  • Jaan Aru (University of Tartu, Estonia)