Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Context matters: from sensory processing to decision making (human and rodents), The role of corticothalamic and thalamocortical pathways in sensorimotor processing, Mesoscale dynamics of Synchronous Activity in the cortex, Somatosensory processing and tactile perception in humans and Rodents.
For up-to-date information on the projects, please visit the lab page (URL:, Supervisor Connect (URL: or feel free to contact me for information regarding our projects.


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Personal profile


Mehdi is an ARC DECRA research fellow in the Department of Physiology and the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University. He joined the Department of Physiology at Monash in September 2020 and has started a new rodent electrophysiology laboratory (Neurodigit Lab). He has previously held an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship at UNSW and SISSA, Italy. He was awarded his PhD in Neuroscience in 2014 from UNSW, MSc in Telecommunications Engineering in 2008 from Iran Uiversity of Science and Technology, and BSc in Electrical Engineering (Communications) from the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran.

Research interests

The research interests of the Adibi group lie in the general fields of neural coding and sensorimotor processing in dynamic and changing environments. The model systems of choice are rodent whisker-, digit- and forepaw-mediated tactile system and human touch. Rats and mice have demonstrated tactile capacity through their whiskers and digits, and cognitive capacity to learn and perform complex behavioural tasks (Adibi 2019). In his new research laboratory, Mehdi uses parallel sensorimotor tasks in rodents and humans that model the dynamic nature of the real world. In rodents, his group combines cutting-edge technologies for observation (imaging and high-throughput array electrophysiology) and modulation (through optogenetics) of neuronal circuits at both single cell and population levels in awake animals performing sensorimotor task. In humans, psychophysics and electrophysiology methods such as EEG are employed to study the basis of ensory processing at cognitive level.

At technical level, his group develops innovative and cost-efficient technologies including tactile stimulator to generate rich and complex perceptions, wide-field patterned optical stimulation for studying neuronal circuits, and automated modular behavioural apparatus. These technologies can potentially be used for biomedical and neurobionic applications such as aid devices and prostheses to enhance and restore tactile sensation in neurological conditions such as stroke or in amputees.

The Adibi group is currently offering PhD, Masters and Honours projects. For an up-to-date list of available projects, visit the Neurodigit Laboratory webpage or click here. Also, novel and innovative research/technology ideas are always more than welcomed.

Supervision interests

If you are interested in undertaking a research period in research group (Neurodigit lab), please contact the lab head, Mehdi Adibi.

The lab currently has projects suitable for all levels of student, including Honours, Masters and PhD. Enquiries from potential students and postdocs are always welcome. Experience in electrophysiology, electronics, computer science, psychophysics, programming (preferably Python or Matlab) is desirable. However, we value motivation and enthusiasm more important than experience.

Community service

Mehdi contributes to the CSIRO 'Scientists in Schools' and 'Mathematicians in School' program through a partnership with Campbell High School, ACT (2013-2015) and OLSH College, Kensington, NSW (2010-2013)

Mehdi has organised and participated in various community activities such as seminars and workshops for high school students including

  • Seminar on Neuroscience (February 2016), Shahid Ejeyi Middle School, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (SAMPAD)
  • One-day workshop on Systems Neuroscience (February 2016), Shahid Ejeyi High School, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (SAMPAD)
  • Australian Brain Bee Challenge (2014-2015), John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU
  • Two-day Workshop on electronics, Physics and Chemistry (2002), Imam Jafar Sadiq High School, Isfahan, Iran
  • Jury member, the International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults, Isfahan, Iran (2001)
  • Two-day Workshop on Physics and Chemistry (2001), National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), Shahid Ejeyi Highschool, Isfahan, Iran

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research area keywords

  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Optogenetics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Game Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Sensorimotor Processing
  • Decision Making
  • Tactile Perception
  • Telecommunications
  • choice behaviour
  • somatosensory
  • neural coding
  • Sensory Processing
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • Machine Learning
  • deep learning
  • algorithms, data structures, functional programming, minimum message length, MML, bioinformatics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Combinatorics

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