Associate Professor Snezana Maljevic

Group Head

Parkville Campus
30 Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3052

Research group
Epilepsy Functional Genomics Group

Florey researcher Snezana Maljevic


Snezana Maljevic is a molecular neuroscientist and ion channel physiologist with expertise covering cell biology, electrophysiology, and molecular biology approaches, focusing on the functional studies of ion channels and other genes in epileptic disorders. Snezana was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she studied Molecular Biology and Physiology. She moved to Germany in 2000, where she completed her PhD at the University of Ulm in 2005, followed by postdoctoral training and Junior Group leader status at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen. In 2015, the Australian Government awarded Snezana an Endeavour Research Fellowship, which allowed her to spend six months at The Florey Institute, which ultimately led to her recruitment at the Florey in 2016.

Snezana’s research into the functional consequences of ion channel variants associated with different forms of epilepsy has increased our understanding of disease mechanisms and helped employ precision medicine approaches in treating epilepsy. In addition, she has been involved in identifying and analysing several major epilepsy genes. Her research vision is to develop induced pluripotent stem cell-derived disease models to deepen our understanding of disease mechanisms and lead to novel, effective treatments for patients with epilepsy and related disorders.

Career highlights

Current roles

  • Group Head of Epilepsy Functional Genomics
  • Principal Investigator for the commercially sponsored program for the development of antisense therapies for early life epilepsy at the Florey

Past roles

  • Junior group leader at the Hertie Institute of Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen, Germany
  • Postdoctorate at the University of Tübingen and University of Ulm, Germany
  • Co-supervisor to more than 30 PhD, MD, masters and honours students at the University of Tübingen and the University of Melbourne

Awards and achievements

  • 2020-2024 — Chief Investigator, MRFF, GHFM
  • 2020 — Co-chair of the Neuroscience Seminar Committee, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • 2019-2021 — Chief Investigator, MRFF grant, Stem cell accelerated research
  • 2015 — Australian Government, Endeavour Research Fellowship

Research publications


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