Simon C. Drew

The University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr Drew graduated with a PhD in physics in 2002 under the supervision of Prof John Pilbrow, followed by postdoctoral training in magnetic resonance imaging (2002–2004) and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy (2004–2006) at the University of Queensland, Australia. From 2006–2009, he was affiliated with the Department of Pathology and the Mental Health Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, during which time his research focussed strongly on the application of EPR spectroscopy to the study of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In 2010–2011 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Germany. He currently holds a Future Fellowship administered by the Australian Research Council and is the Australia/NZ representative of the Asia-Pacific EPR Society (2008–2012). His main research interests have centred upon the application of isotopic labelling and EPR spectrosocpy to study of Cu(II) coordination by alpha-synuclein and the amyloid-beta peptide, and characterisation of the Mo(V) active site of molbydenum enzymes and model complexes using EPR and density functional theory. In addition, he has developed a near infrared contrast agent for non-invasive detection of active caspases in the brain and peripheral organs of living mice. His current research focusses on the study of ternary metal ion complexes relevant to neurological disease and therapy.

Biography Updated on 18 March 2012

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