Pal, Deb

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Professor of paediatric epilepsy and consultant paediatric neurologist

Professor Deb Pal

Area of expertise: epilepsy, epilepsy genetics


Professor Deb Pal is an honorary consultant in children's neurology at Evelina London, who specialises in epilepsy.

Deb was drawn to a career in child neurology after volunteering in Asia and as a counsellor at a camp for children with disabilities in the United States. He undertook his specialist training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, taking a break from training to establish a community epilepsy service in rural India.

Deb completed his PhD in neurosciences at University College London before moving to Columbia University for a postdoctoral position in genetics. He eventually led his own group with funding from the US National Institute of Health.

In 2009 he because the first Professor of Paediatric Epilepsy at King's College London.

Further information

Education and training

  • 1998: MA Natural Sciences and MB BChir – Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University
  • 1995: MSc Epidemiology – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 1998: PhD Neurosciences – University College London
  • 2000-2004: postdoctoral scholar in statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology – Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University (USA)

Specialist interests

  • epilepsy genetic diagnostics and counselling for rare, familial or drug resistant patients
  • common epilepsies of childhood and teenage onset

Research interests

  • genetics of common epilepsies
  • epilepsy, sleep, treatment and learning
  • omic biomarkers of disease course in epilepsy
  • experimental personalised medicine for rare epilepsies
  • functional MRI correlates of epilepsy morbidities


  • Visiting Professor in clinical neuroscience – University of Catania (Italy)
  • Visiting Professor in children's clinical neuroscience – Brown University (USA)
  • Molecular Neurogenetics Study Member – US National Institute of Health
  • Royal Society-Fullbright Commission distinguished postdoctoral scholar
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow
  • Pfizer Young Scientist Award
  • Glendinning Award for Medicine
  • Joan Dawkins Award – British Medical Association
  • Wellcome Trust Advance Research Training Fellow – University College London



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