A/PROF Michael Hildebrand

A/PROF Michael Hildebrand


  • Epilepsy (Genes, Linkage Analysis, Sequencing)
  • Hearing Loss (Genes, Linkage Analysis, Sequencing)
  • Speech Disorders (Genes, Linkage Analysis, Sequencing)



  • I am a neurogeneticist with international research experience and collaborations who completed my PhD in late 2006 (University of Melbourne). I head the Translational Neurogenetics Laboratory in the Epilepsy Research Centre at the Melbourne Brain Centre, Austin Hospital, and am currently supported by with the supported of by a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language Neurobiology (APP1116976), and NHMRC Project Grants on detection of somatic mutations in sporadic epilepsy (APP1129054) and improving diagnosis, prognosis and clinical care in childhood speech disorders (APP1127144). The focus of my research is to understand the basic neurobiology of human epilepsy and speech disorders, and translate this knowledge into improved treatment of patients. Further information about my research is available on my laboratory homepage: http://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/research-groups/medicine-and-radiology-research/austin-hospital/translational-neurogenetics-laboratory and the Epilepsy Research Centre homepage: http://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/research-groups/medicine-and-radiology-research/austin-hospital/epilepsy-research-centre. My achievements include: 

    • H-index 31, > 3,500 citations
    • 87 research papers including 33 first, 21 corresponding and 9 last author contributions
    • Discovered 5 epilepsy genes (AJHG 2016, Nat Genet 2013/2015, Ann Clin Trans Neurosci 2015, Hum Mol Genet 2015)
    • Discovered 5 deafness genes (PNAS 2008/2011, AJHG 2009/2011, Nat Comm 2011)
    • Discovered 1 speech gene (Mol Psych 2018)
    • Discovered 1 male infertility gene (AJHG 200



Member of

  • American Epilepsy Society. Trainee 2015 -
  • American Society of Human Genetics. Trainee 2007 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Ordinary Membership 2004 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2018 University of Melbourne, MDHS Research Fellowship, ($110,000 AUD) CIA: Dr. Michael S.Hildebrand

    2017 University of Melbourne, MDHS Large Equipment Grant, ($59,997 AUD) CIA: Dr. Michael S.Hildebrand

    2017-2020 NHMRC Project Grant APP1129054, Detection of Somatic Mutations in Sporadic Epilepsies, University of Melbourne ($1,256,165 AUD) CIA: Prof. Samuel F Berkovic, CIB: Dr. Michael S Hildebrand, CIC: Dr. Slave Petrovski, CID: Dr. Snezana Maljevic

    2017-2019 NHMRC Project Grant APP1127144, Neurobiology of childhood speech disorders: improving diagnosis, prognosis & clinical care, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute ($994,575 AUD) CIA: A/Prof. Angela Morgan, CIB: Dr. Michael S Hildebrand, CIC: Prof. Simon Fisher, CID: Dr. Frederique Liegeois

    2017-2021 NHMRC CRE in Speech and Language Neurobiology (CRE- SLANG) APP1116976, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute ($2,491,340 AUD) CIA: A/Prof. Angela Morgan, CIB: Prof. Ingrid Scheffer, CIC: Michael S. Hildebrand, CID: Prof. Melanie Bahlo, CIE Prof. Alan Connelly, CIF: Prof. David Amor, CIG: Prof. Sheena Reilly, CIH: Prof. Simon Fisher, CII: Dr. Frederique Liegeois

    2016 Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Grant, Zinc and seizures, University of Melbourne ($20,000 AUD) CIA: Dr. Michael S Hildebrand

    2015-2017 March of Dimes Grant, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute ($201,542 AUD) CI: Dr. Angela Morgan, CI: Prof. Alan Connelly, CI: Dr. Frederique Liegeois, CI: A/Prof. Melanie Bahlo, CI: Dr. Michael S Hildebrand, CI: Prof. Ingrid Scheffer 

    2015 University of Melbourne, MDHS Establishment Grant, ($35,000 AUD) CIA: Dr. Michael S.Hildebrand

    2014 Melbourne Neuroscience Institute Research Fellowship, University of Melbourne ($33,333 AUD) CIA: Dr. Michael S Hildebrand

    2014 Melbourne Neuroscience Institute Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Scheme, University of Melbourne($40,000 AUD) CIA: Dr. Mic   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2002
  • BBiomed Sc, University of Melbourne 2001

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2014
  • C.J. Martin Research Fellowship (National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia), 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y