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).