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Steve Mehrkanoon


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Computational model of brain network dynamics in patients with epilepsy. 2. Localising the epileptogenic-zone in the brain 3. Near real-time seizure prediction. 4. Modelling cortical dynamics in patients with epilepsy and TBI.

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Personal profile


Dr Mehrkanoon is a senior research fellow in mathematical-computational neuroscience -  Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Florey Department of Neuroscience. He was awarded his PhD in Neuroscience (major in computational neuroscience and large-sale cortico-cortical dynamics), MEng.Sc in Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering (Honors).
  • Dr Mehrkanoon has been a distinguished visiting computational neuroscientist at the University of Geneva and Geneva University Hospitals (Switzerland; 2012). He has been the Chief Investigator of the ARC-DECRA-equivalent Research Fellowship, the so-called Advanced Queensland Research Fellowship, funded by the Queensland State Government (2017-2019) through the University of Queensland. He established the first leading computational-mathematical-clinical neonatal neuroscience research trajectory in AUSTRALIA through partnerships with Prof Paul Colditz (Director of Perinatal Research Centre, Deputy Director of the UQ Centre for Clinical Research and Head of School of Clinical Medicine) and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH).
  • Dr Mehrkanoon was the first computational neuroscientist in UQ and UQ Faculty of Medicine who was awarded the Advanced Queensland Research Fellowship.

Research interests

  • He has a large network of collaborators in neuroscience, applied mathematics and engineering throughout his strong research linkages with the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Department of Neuroscience at Monash University, Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and School of Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Mehrkanoon has successfully supervised six honors and two PhD students.
  1. Complex multiscale biological systems,
  2. Advanced signal processing and graph theory,
  3. Array signal processing,
  4. Microscale, mesoscale and macroscale neuronal dynamics,
  5. Seizure prediction algorithms,
  6. Nonlinear dynamics in the human brain,
  7. Neurodevelopment outcomes in preterm infants,
  8. Brain development and neuronal network dynamics,
  9. Brain network dynamics in epilepsy and traumatic brain injury (TBI),
  10. Spatio-temporal and temporo-spatial cortico-cortical organisation,
  11. Computational fluid dynamics and FEM,
  12. Chaotic dynamics and stochastic bifurcation theory,
  13. Dynamical systems theory and systems neuroscience,
  14. Computational modelling of neuronal network dynamics,
  15. Nonlinear oscillators,
  16. Differential equations and collective complex dynamics,
  17. Wave propagation theory


Supervision interests

  • Localisation and charcterisation of epileptic seizure-onset zone in the brain (Honors, Masters Degree, PhD)
  • Developing the mathematical-computational model of multiscale complex brain dynamics (Honors, Masters Degree, PhD)
  • Modelling the spatiotemporal nonlinear dynamics of complex biological systems (Honors, Masters Degree, PhD)
  • Modelling the cortical dynamics in patients with epilepsy and TBI (Honors, Masters Degree, PhD).
If you are interested in initiating your PhD trajectory in computational-mathematical neuroscience under my supervision, please send your updated CV to me via the following emails: and

Clinical activities

  • Identifying the epileptogenic zone and heterogenous cortical behaviours in patients with epilepsy
  • Characterising the Traumatic Brain Injury spectrum in young patients.

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematical-computational neuroscience, PhD, University of New South Wales

External positions

Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

1 Sep 2020 → …

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

1 Feb 2020 → …

The Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne

2 Jan 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • Time-Frequency Signal Processing
  • Dynamic brain networks
  • Infant brain dynamics
  • Epileptic cortical oscillations
  • Brain development
  • Neural circuits and behavior
  • Multiscale cortical modelling
  • TBI
  • Ageing brain
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dynamical systesms in neuroscience
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