Emeritus Professor Perry Bartlett

Professorial Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute

Emeritus Professor

Queensland Brain Institute
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Professor Perry Bartlett is the inaugural Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and holds the Foundation Chair in Molecular Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Previously he was Head of the Division of Development and Neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a past NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and ARC Federation Fellow, and a past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society. He has championed interactions with China establishing three joint neuroscience laboratories in China, two with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one with the Second Military Medical University, where he also holds an Honorary Professorship. He has published 230 papers, many of which have appeared in the most influential journals and have attracted over 13,150 citations. He has an H-Index of 60.

QBI was established in 2003 with the specific aim of discovering the fundamental mechanisms that control higher brain functions. Gaining such an understanding will not only further our basic knowledge of how the human brain functions in health and disease, this insight will one day underpin the development of new therapeutics to treat neurological and mental illnesses.

Researchers at the Institute come from a wide range of disciplines – from cellular and molecular neurobiology, psychology, computational neuroscience and quantitative genetics – and work across a range of models – from fruit fly, honeybee, flatworm, zebrafish, mouse and human. Although working in widely different models and using a range of different techniques, the core goal of the Institute is to discover the fundamental mechanisms that underlie brain function in health and disease. Elucidating these processes will have a major impact on our understanding of more complex areas such as behaviour, cognition, ageing, neurological disease and mental illness.

Research Impacts

Professor Bartlett was the first to demonstrate conclusively the existence of stem cells in the embryonic forebrain, before going on to demonstrate the existence of similar activity in the forebrain of adult mice. This seminal discovery provided definitive evidence for the concept of brain stem cells and the production of new nerve cells in the adult mammalian brain and the possibility of activating these endogenous stem cells to repair the aged, damaged or diseased central nervous system. More recently, the Bartlett laboratory has demonstrated the presence of a latent hippocampal stem cell population, a major finding that underpins the current concept of functional stem cells in the adult mammalian brain. The laboratory’s current focus is to identify the factors that mediate the activation of these latent cells and the mechanism by which they act.


  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Dental Science, University of Melbourne


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Egan, Gary F., Reutens, David, Bartlett, Perry F., Galloway, Graham J., Paxinos, George, Petrou, Steven, Watson, Charles, Keller, Marianne D., Andrew Janke and Kurniawan, Nyoman D. (2015): Average wild-type C57BL/6J mouse 3D MRI brain image. The University of Queensand. Dataset. doi:10.14264/uql.2015.864

  • Egan, Gary F., Reutens, David, Bartlett, Perry F., Galloway, Graham J., Petrou, Steven, Watson, Charles, Keller, Marianne D., Andrew Janke, Kurniawan, Nyoman D. and Ullmann, Jeremy F. (2015): Average wild-type C57BL/6J mouse 3D MRI non-symmetric brain image. Australian Mouse Brain Mapping Consortium. Dataset. doi:10.14264/uql.2015.863

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision