Professor Steve Petrou

 - Chief Investigator

Research focus: Pathology of ion channel disorders, in particular epilepsy, using in vitro and in vivo models to reveal opportunities for developing novel therapies

Professor Steven Petrou is the Director of the Florey, co-leader of the Epilepsy research theme at the Florey, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Neural Engineering.

Steven is a globally-recognised leader in the field of ion channel neuropathies, with a particular focus on rare epileptic encephalopathies. These are a range of genetic epilepsies affecting infants and young children with devastating impacts for them and their families.

Steven has published extensively and has an h-index of 43. Steven is acutely aware of the need to translate discoveries to treatments, and is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of RogCon Bio, pioneering breakthroughs for epileptic encephalopathies caused by SCN2A mutations.