Matt Petoe

PhD, BEng (Hons), BSc

Research Fellow, Research Engineer

P: +61 3 9667 7521

Dr Matt Petoe is a biomedical engineer with a keen interest in human perception, neuroscience and clinical research. Prior to joining the Bionics Institute in November 2012 he was involved in a number of projects aimed at improving clinical outcomes in different patient groups. Working with the Mater Mothers’ Hospital and The Hear and Say Centre in Brisbane, Matt’s PhD research investigated methods of improving the auditory brainstem response test – a diagnostic test used for neonatal hearing screening and assessing neuropathic hearing loss. His work improved the speed and robustness of the test, and received recognition in awarded patents and the formation of a hearing-screening technology company.

Following his PhD, he took up a Stroke Foundation Research Fellowship (Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand) and oversaw the recruitment and assessment of stroke patients receiving a novel therapy for upper limb impairment. This successful clinical trial demonstrated that ‘priming’ the brain before physiotherapy sessions promotes faster recovery of upper limb function following stroke.

Bringing these prior experiences together, Matt realised an ambition to work at the Bionics Institute and develop medical device technologies. He is currently working within the Bionic Vision research team and integrating a video camera and vision processing with the 24-channel prototype bionic eye implanted in three patients in 2012. He is a chief investigator on a recently awarded NHMRC project grant (2015 - 2017) to trial the safety and efficacy of the next generation, wide-view bionic eye.

Research fields of interest

  • Human perception
  • Neural protheses
  • Biomedical device technology
  • Psychophysics
  • Human movement disorders

Research projects


  1. Petoe, M. A., & Shivdasani, M. N. (2016). Are long stimulus pulse durations the answer to improving spatial resolution in retinal prostheses? Annals of Translational Medicine, in press.
  2. Sinclair, N. C., Shivdasani, M. N., Perera, T., Gillespie, L. N., McDermott, H. J., Ayton, L. N., & Blamey, P. J. for the Bionic Vision Consortium (2016). The Appearance of Phosphenes Elicited Using a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis: Phosphenes of a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 57(11), 4948-4961. doi:10.1167/iovs.15-18991
  3. Barnes, N., Scott, A. F., Lieby, P., Petoe, M. A., McCarthy, C., Stacey, A. for the Bionic Vision Consortium (2016). Vision function testing for a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis: effects of image filtering. Journal of Neural Engineering, 13(3). doi:Artn 03601310.1088/1741-2560/13/3/036013
  4. Stinear, C. M., Petoe, M. A., & Byblow, W. D. (2015). Primary motor cortex excitability during recovery after stroke: implications for neuromodulation. Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, 8(6), 1183-1190. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2015.06.015
  5. Spiegel, D. P., Linford, T., Thompson, B., Petoe, M. A., Kobayashi, K., Stinear, C. M., & Searchfield, G. D. (2015). Multisensory attention training for treatment of tinnitus. Scientific Reports, 5. doi:Artn 10802, Doi 10.1038/Srep10802
  6. Byblow, W. D., Stinear, C. M., Barber, P. A., Petoe, M. A., & Ackerley, S. J. (2015). Proportional recovery after stroke depends on corticomotor integrity. Annals of Neurology, 78(6), 848-859. doi:10.1002/ana.24472
  7. Stinear, C. M., Petoe, M. A., Anwar, S., Barber, P. A., & Byblow, W. D. (2014). Bilateral Priming Accelerates Recovery of Upper Limb Function After Stroke - A Randomized Controlled Trial. Stroke, 45(1), 205-210.
  8. Shivdasani, M. N., Sinclair, N. C., Dimitrov, P. N., Varsamidis, M., Ayton, L. N., Luu, C. D., for the Bionic Vision Consortium (2014). Factors Affecting Perceptual Thresholds in a Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55(10), 6467-6481. doi:DOI 10.1167/iovs.14-14396
  9. Petoe, M. A., Byblow, W. D., de Vries, E. J., Krishnamurthy, V., Zhong, C. S., Barber, P. A., & Stinear, C. M. (2014). A template-based procedure for determining white matter integrity in the internal capsule early after stroke. NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 695-700.
  10. Ayton, L. N., Blamey, P. J., Guymer, R. H., Luu, C. D., Nayagam, D. A. X., Sinclair, N.C. for the Bionic Vision Consortium (2014). First-in-Human Trial of a Novel Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis. Plos One, 9(12). doi:ARTN e115239, DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0115239
  11. Petoe, M. A., Jaque, F. A. M., Byblow, W. D., & Stinear, C. M. (2013). Cutaneous anesthesia of the forearm enhances sensorimotor function of the hand. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109(4), 1091-1096. doi:10.1152/jn.00813.2012
  12. Stinear, C. M., Barber, P. A., Petoe, M., Anwar, S., & Byblow, W. D. (2012). The PREP algorithm predicts potential for upper limb recovery after stroke. Brain, 135(8), 2527-2535.
  13. Wilson, W. J., Mills, P. C., Bradley, A. P., Petoe, M. A., Smith, A. W., & Dzulkarnain, A. A. (2011). Fast assessment of canine hearing using high click-rate BAER. The Veterinary Journal, 187(1), 136-138.
  14. Petoe, M. A., Bradley, A. P., & Wilson, W. J. (2010). Spectral and synchrony differences in auditory brainstem responses evoked by chirps of varying durations. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(4), 1896-1907.
  15. Petoe, M. A., Bradley, A. P., & Wilson, W. J. (2010). On chirp stimuli and neural synchrony in the suprathreshold auditory brainstem response. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(1), 235-246.
  16. Petoe, M., Bradley, A., & Wilson, W. J. (2009). On the benefits of using chained stimuli for frequency-specific ABR acquisition. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 31(2), 80-95.
  17. Dzulkarnain, A. A., Wilson, W. J., Bradley, A. P., & Petoe, M. (2007). The effects of electrode montage on the amplitude of wave V in the auditory brainstem response to maximum length sequence stimuli. Audiology and Neurotology, 13(1), 7-12.
  18. Dzulkarnain, A., Wilson, W., Bradley, A., & Petoe, M. (2005). Rapid Neonatal Hearing Screening using Maximum Length Sequences Auditory Brainstem Response, Chirps and Automated Signal Detection. New Zealand Audiological Society Bulletin, 15(2), 35-44.
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