DR Simon Drew

DR Simon Drew


  • Bioinorganic chemistry (Metalloproteins, model complexes, electronic structure)
  • Biophysics (Spectroscopy, medical imaging, free radicals in biology)
  • Copper homeostasis (Copper transport pathways)
  • Neural stem cells (Cerebral organoids)
  • Neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, prion disease)



  • Dr Drew's research aims to characterise the properties of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases, including their interaction with metal ions, membranes and free radicals. By first studying model systems in detail, hypotheses are generated regarding biological function that are tested in vitro and in vivo.

    Simon graduated with a PhD in physics in 2002 under a Monash Graduate Scholarship, followed by postdoctoral research in medical imaging (MRI) from 2002–2004 and bioinorganic chemistry (2004–2006) at the University of Queensland. From 2006–2009 he worked as research fellow in the Department of Pathology, The University of Melbourne, then at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Germany (2010-2011).  He held an ARC Future Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2012-2016) and currently holds an MDHS Faculty Research Fellowship in the Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital).   


Member of

  • Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Member 2016 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance. Member 2009 -
  • Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Member 2009 -
  • Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society. Member 2008 -
  • Australia/New Zealand Representative - Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society. Australia/New Zealand country representative 2008 -
  • International EPR(ESR) Society. Member 2000 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2017
    MDHS Faculty Research Fellowship
    The University of Melbourne

    S.C. Drew, C.L. Haigh
    Award in Memory of Silva Coelho
    CJD Support Group Network

    Max Planck Fellowship
    Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany



Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2002
  • BSc (hons), Monash University 1998

Awards and honors

  • Poster Prize, The Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society, 2010
  • Poster Prize, Prion 2009 Conference, Halikidiki, Greece, 2009
  • 2008 Young Scientist's Award, The Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society, 2008
  • New Staff Start-Up Fund, The University of Queensland, 2003
  • Monash Graduate Scholarship, Monash University, 1998
  • Dean's List Scholar, Monash University, 1996



Available for supervision

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