In 2013, Annalisa successfully completed a bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (University of Insubria, Italy), with the highest possible final score of 110/110 summa cum laude. After completing her medical training, she joined the Italian Medical Council (Ordine dei Medici) as a registered general doctor in 2014. in 2015 she moved to Australia to start her PhD in mammalian brain evolution at The University of Queensland. She graduated from her PhD in 2019 and went on to do postdoctoral research with Dr Patricio Opazo and A/Prof Victor Anggono at The Queensland Brain Institute. 

Annalisa is now a postdoctoral research fellow with us, and her work involves understanding how the different timing (heterochrony) of developmental processes in brain development can cause dramatic changes in the final brain structure, both in the context of evolution as well as disease. In her spare time Annalisa loves going to the beach, traveling and spending time with her family.

Twitter: @AnnalisaPaolino


UQ Researchers:

Annalisa is part of the Suarez group which studies brain evolution and development, and the Fenlon Group which studies Cortical development, plasticity and evolution.