• Psychiatry
  • Other Interdiciplinary Incentives

  • Neuroscience
  • Research Focus


  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Brain Networks
  • Computational Psychiatry
  • Brain Development
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depressive disorders
  • Rett syndrome
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Computational modelling
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    Professor Petra Vertes

    University Position


    I lead the Systems and Computational Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychiatry, and I am a visiting scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. I am also one of the co-founders of the Cambridge Networks Network - a forum for academics across different disciplines who share an interest in Network Science. My research applies tools from physics, engineering and network science to fundamental problems in neuroscience and mental health. In particular, I am interested in the structure-function relationship in brain networks, from the microscopic scale of neurons to the large-scale connectivity of brain regions, in both health and disease. I work with a wide variety of multivariate data, including genetic and transcriptomic data, flow cytometry and neuroimaging data. I also study simpler organisms, such as C. elegans, which provide a testbed for methodological innovations as well as insights into generalisable aspects of brain organisation, brain development, network dysfunction and repair.

    Key Publications

    conn2res: A toolbox for connectome-based reservoir computing

    E-pub date: 28 Jun 2023
    Authors: B Misic, L Suarez, A Mihalik, F Milisav, K Marshall, M Li, P Vertes, G Lajoie

    The neuropeptidergic connectome ofC. elegans

    E-pub date: 31 Oct 2022
    Authors: L Ripoll-Sánchez, J Watteyne, H Sun, R Fernandez, SR Taylor, A Weinreb, M Hammarlund, DM Miller, O Hobert, I Beets, PE Vértes, WR Schafer

    Three components of human brain gene expression reflect normative developmental programmes with specific links to neurodevelopmental disorders

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2022
    Authors: R Dear, K Wagstyl, J Seidlitz, R Markello, A Arnatkevičiūtė, K Anderson, RAI Bethlehem, A Raznahan, E Bullmore, P Vértes, Lifespan Brain Chart Consortium

    Sexually divergent development of depression-related brain networks during healthy human adolescence.

    Journal: Sci Adv
    E-pub date: 27 May 2022
    Authors: L Dorfschmidt, RA Bethlehem, J Seidlitz, F Váša, SR White, R Romero-García, MG Kitzbichler, AR Aruldass, SE Morgan, IM Goodyer, P Fonagy, PB Jones, RJ Dolan, NSPN Consortium, NA Harrison, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore

    A generative network model of neurodevelopmental diversity in structural brain organization.

    Journal: Nat Commun
    E-pub date: 9 Jul 2021
    Authors: D Akarca, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore, CALM team, DE Astle

    Conservative and disruptive modes of adolescent change in human brain functional connectivity.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 11 Feb 2020
    Authors: F Váša, R Romero-Garcia, MG Kitzbichler, J Seidlitz, KJ Whitaker, MM Vaghi, P Kundu, AX Patel, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore

    Cortical patterning of abnormal morphometric similarity in psychosis is associated with brain expression of schizophrenia-related genes.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 7 May 2019
    Authors: SE Morgan, J Seidlitz, KJ Whitaker, R Romero-Garcia, NE Clifton, C Scarpazza, T van Amelsvoort, M Marcelis, J van Os, G Donohoe, D Mothersill, A Corvin, A Pocklington, A Raznahan, P McGuire, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore

    Using fMRI connectivity to define a treatment-resistant form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Journal: Sci Transl Med
    E-pub date: 3 Apr 2019
    Authors: A Etkin, A Maron-Katz, W Wu, GA Fonzo, J Huemer, PE Vértes, B Patenaude, J Richiardi, MS Goodkind, CJ Keller, J Ramos-Cejudo, YV Zaiko, KK Peng, E Shpigel, P Longwell, RT Toll, A Thompson, S Zack, B Gonzalez, R Edelstein, J Chen, I Akingbade, E Weiss, R Hart, S Mann, K Durkin, SH Baete, FE Boada, A Genfi, J Autea, J Newman, DJ Oathes, SE Lindley, D Abu-Amara, BA Arnow, N Crossley, J Hallmayer, S Fossati, BO Rothbaum, CR Marmar, ET Bullmore, R O'Hara

    Replicable and Coupled Changes in Innate and Adaptive Immune Gene Expression in Two Case-Control Studies of Blood Microarrays in Major Depressive Disorder.

    Journal: Biol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Jan 2018
    Authors: GGR Leday, PE Vértes, S Richardson, JR Greene, T Regan, S Khan, R Henderson, TC Freeman, CM Pariante, NA Harrison, MRC Immunopsychiatry Consortium, VH Perry, WC Drevets, GM Wittenberg, ET Bullmore

    Network control principles predict neuron function in the Caenorhabditis elegans connectome.

    Journal: Nature
    E-pub date: 26 Oct 2017
    Authors: G Yan, PE Vértes, EK Towlson, YL Chew, DS Walker, WR Schafer, A-L Barabási

    The Multilayer Connectome of Caenorhabditis elegans.

    Journal: PLoS Comput Biol
    E-pub date: 1 Dec 2016
    Authors: B Bentley, R Branicky, CL Barnes, YL Chew, E Yemini, ET Bullmore, PE Vértes, WR Schafer

    Gene transcription profiles associated with inter-modular hubs and connection distance in human functional magnetic resonance imaging networks.

    Journal: Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
    E-pub date: 5 Oct 2016
    Authors: PE Vértes, T Rittman, KJ Whitaker, R Romero-Garcia, F Váša, MG Kitzbichler, K Wagstyl, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, ET Bullmore

    Adolescence is associated with genomically patterned consolidation of the hubs of the human brain connectome.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 9 Aug 2016
    Authors: KJ Whitaker, PE Vértes, R Romero-Garcia, F Váša, M Moutoussis, G Prabhu, N Weiskopf, MF Callaghan, K Wagstyl, T Rittman, R Tait, C Ooi, J Suckling, B Inkster, P Fonagy, RJ Dolan, PB Jones, IM Goodyer, NSPN Consortium, ET Bullmore

    Phase transition in the economically modeled growth of a cellular nervous system.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 7 May 2013
    Authors: V Nicosia, PE Vértes, WR Schafer, V Latora, ET Bullmore

    The rich club of the C. elegans neuronal connectome.

    Journal: J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 10 Apr 2013
    Authors: EK Towlson, PE Vértes, SE Ahnert, WR Schafer, ET Bullmore

    Simple models of human brain functional networks.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 10 Apr 2012
    Authors: PE Vértes, AF Alexander-Bloch, N Gogtay, JN Giedd, JL Rapoport, ET Bullmore


    Dysconnectivity of a brain functional network was associated with blood inflammatory markers in depression.

    Journal: Brain Behav Immun
    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2021
    Authors: AR Aruldass, MG Kitzbichler, SE Morgan, S Lim, M-E Lynall, L Turner, P Vertes, Wellcome Trust Consortium for Neuroimmunology of Mood Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease (NIMA), J Cavanagh, P Cowen, CM Pariante, NA Harrison, ET Bullmore