Dr Raphael Ricci

Honorary Fellow

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


I am an early career neuroscientist investigating the capacity for neural stem cell behaviour to shape neural circuit formation, maintenance and function during development and throughout adulthood. More specifically, the role of oligodendrocyte progenitors and myelin in brain circuit formation and maintenance. My research examines the healthy brain and compares this to pathological conditions, by performing manipulations relevant to autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. While under the supervision of Prof Helen Cooper at the Queensland Brain Institute – University of Queensland - I studied how the WRC-Cyfip1-FMRP protein network impaired apical radial glial progenitor function and neural migration, leading to cortical malformation and ASD-like behaviour in mice. During my PhD at University of Tasmania and under the supervision of Prof Kaylene Young, I studied the effect of neuronal activity on cells of the oligodendrocyte lineage. I found that voltage-gated calcium channels are critical for oligodendrocyte progenitor cell survival and characterised the impact of kainite receptor dysfunction on neuropathology and behaviour in mice. I have a long-standing interest in neuroscience research, that extends from understanding how brain function is regulated during development and in healthy ageing, and the dysregulated signalling pathways that enable neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.


  • Member, Society for Neuroscience, Society for Neuroscience
  • Member, International Brain Research Organisation, International Brain Research Organisation
  • Member, Australian Neuroscience Society, Australian Neuroscience Society
  • Member, "Science Without Boarders" Alumni, "Science Without Boarders" Alumni
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Neurosciences, University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Biological Sciences, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)


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