Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri

Senior Research Fellow

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine

Senior Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute
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Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri has a joint appointment at Mater Research and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and is a Mater Foundation Senior Research Fellow and a Group Leader. Dhanisha’s research group is investigating the fundamental mechanisms that drive the renewal of neurons in the adult brain, with the goal of harnessing this form of neural plasticity to relieve the emotional and cognitive burdens associated with chronic stress and depression.

Dhanisha received her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India, under the supervision of Professor Veronica Rodrigues, where she unravelled the molecular mechanisms that wire the olfactory axons in the fly (Drosophila) brain. In recognition of her doctoral work she was awarded the Indian National Science Academy medal for Young Scientist of the Year in 2003. Fascinated by the discovery that the production of new neurons continues in the adult brain, she then joined the laboratory of Professor Perry Bartlett at the Queensland Brain Institute as a Human Frontiers Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow. She has made major discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the regulation and roles of neural stem cells in the adult brain. Her work uncovered that a subclass clinical antidepressants directly activates neural stem cells in the hippocampus, a brain region implicated in regulating mood and cognitive functions. She also pioneered the development of a new cell sorting protocol to purify neural stem cells which revealed presence of distinct stem cell populations in this brain region.

Research Interests

  • Regenerating cells in the adult brain
    Investigating the fundamental mechanisms that drive the renewal of neurons in the adult brain, with the goal of harnessing this form of neural plasticity to relieve the emotional and cognitive burdens associated with chronic stress and depression.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences


  • Bodea, Gabriela O., Botto, Juan M., Ferreiro, Maria E., Sanchez-Luque, Francisco J., de los Rios Barreda, Jose, Rasmussen, Jay, Rahman, Muhammed A., Fenlon, Laura R., Jansz, Natasha, Gubert, Carolina, Gerdes, Patricia, Bodea, Liviu-Gabriel, Ajjikuttira, Prabha, Da Costa Guevara, Darwin J., Cumner, Linda, Bell, Charles C., Kozulin, Peter, Billon, Victor, Morell, Santiago, Kempen, Marie-Jeanne H. C., Love, Chloe J., Saha, Karabi, Palmer, Lucy M., Ewing, Adam D., Jhaveri, Dhanisha J., Richardson, Sandra R., Hannan, Anthony J. and Faulkner, Geoffrey J. (2024). LINE-1 retrotransposons contribute to mouse PV interneuron development. Nature Neuroscience, 1-34. doi: 10.1038/s41593-024-01650-2

  • Madrid, Lidia I., Hafey, Katelyn, Bandhavkar, Saurabh, Bodea, Gabriela O., Jimenez-Martin, Javier, Milne, Michael, Walker, Tara L., Faulkner, Geoffrey J., Coulson, Elizabeth J. and Jhaveri, Dhanisha J. (2023). Stimulation of the muscarinic receptor M4 regulates neural precursor cell proliferation and promotes adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Development, 151 (1) dev201835. doi: 10.1242/dev.201835

  • Jhaveri, Dhanisha J., McGonigal, Aileen, Becker, Christel, Benoliel, Jean-Jacques, Nandam, L. Sanjay, Soncin, Lisa, Kotwas, Iliana, Bernard, Christophe and Bartolomei, Fabrice (2023). Stress and Epilepsy: Towards Understanding of Neurobiological Mechanisms for Better Management. eneuro, 10 (11) ENEURO.0200-23.2023, ENEURO.0200-23.2023. doi: 10.1523/eneuro.0200-23.2023

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Book Chapter

  • Jhaveri, Dhanisha J., Prosper, Boris W. and Bartlett, Perry F. (2013). Culturing and expansion of precursor cells from the adult hippocampus. Neural Progenitor Cells: Methods and Protocols. (pp. 41-51) edited by Brent A. Reynolds and Loic P. Deleyrolle. New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-574-3_4

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Jhaveri, D., O'Keeffe, I., Robinson, G., Zhao, Q-Y., Zhang, Z. H., Nink, V., Osborne, G., Wray, N. and Bartlett, P. (2015). Presence of distinct, stimulus-specific subpopulations of quiescent precursors in the adult mouse hippocampus. 25th Biennial Meeting of the International-Society-for-Neurochemistry Jointly with the 13th Meeting of the Asian-Pacific-Society-for-Neurochemistry in Conjunction with the 35th Meeting of the Australasian-Neuroscience-Society, Cairns, QLD Australia, 23-27 August 2015. Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Bartlett, P. F., Jhaveri, D. and Taylor, C. J. (2012). Activation of different neurogenic precursor populations in the hippocampus. 19th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience (ISDN), Mumbai India, 11-14 January 2012. Oxford, United Kingdom: Pergamon. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2012.03.330

  • Jhaveri, Dhanisha, Newcombe, Estella, Nink, Virginia, Osborne, Geoffrey, Vaidya, Vidita and Bartlett, Perry (2012). Norepinephrine stimulates a distinct precursor population in the adult hippocampus. 19th Biennial Meeting of the International-Society-for-Developmental-Neuroscience (ISDN), Mumbai, India, 11-14 January 2012. Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom: Pergamon. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2012.03.332

  • Bartlett, P. F., Young, K., Bull, N. and Jhaveri, D. (2006). Regulation of neural precursor survival, proliferation and differentiation by BDNF. 16th Biennial Meeting of the International-Society-for-Developmental-Neuroscience, Banff, Canada, Aug 24-28, 2006. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2006.09.053

Other Outputs

  • Musco, Hannah , Gratten, Jake and Jhaveri, Dhanisha (2021). Hannah Musco-Honours Supplementary tables. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.48610/c59d22a

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision