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Thanks for visiting my website. I’m a Brain Biologist and have been an independently funded Research Fellow since 2016. I lead a lab group at the University of Wollongong (Australia) and we study how stress contributes to the development of mental illness. You can read more about the Matosin Lab here.
[Skip the science talk below and watch my Soapbox Science talk to hear more about the work I do in an easy-to-understand format.]
I have spent 10 years specialising in neuroscience and the examination of postmortem human brain samples to understand the workings of the human brain at a resolution not possible in the living. I harness the exclusive value of postmortem brain tissue to determine how the molecular and cellular landscape of the brain changes after stress and in mental illness.
After my early training at UOW (2007-2015) and UNSW (2015-2016), I undertook postdoctoral training with Prof Elisabeth Binder, a global leader in psychiatry, stress and genetics, at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. At the Max Planck, I developed highly specialised expertise in bulk/single-cell next generation sequencing methods and state-of-the-art histology approaches which I apply to the analysis of postmortem human brain tissues. In tandem with my postmortem brain expertise, my diverse gamut of experimental molecular neurobiology tools has provided me with a distinctive skillset compared to both my colleagues and mentors and has provided me with the capability to innovate in postmortem brain research to address neuroscience’s most pressing questions.
My first-choice research environment in Australia is the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and Molecular Horizons at UOW, where I am currently based. Here, I have brought unique expertise from Germany in multi-omics/single-cell sequencing technologies and advanced histological methods, collaborating with experts in neuroscience and human postmortem brain research. These institutes offer our lab one of the best suites of microscopes in the world to undertake our research at a high quality.
As the public fund me, I aim to give back by being transparent about who I am and what I do. This blog contains my thoughts, information about my career and research, and sometimes ideas which I am wrapping my head around.
I love to mentor and pay it forward, and have a bunch of articles on career development throughout my blog for early career scientists.
You can find out more about me in the profiles below.
In the media:
The Guardian February 2019
Illawarra Mercury August 2019
ABC Illawarra Radio September 2018
TEDx Hamburg, “Rock the Boat” June 2017
Australian Academy of Science: Feature Story
Forbes Austria, May 2017
NHMRC In Focus, March 2017
Women in STEM Podcast, Angry Bean May 2017
“The Stress Scientist” UOW The Stand, March 2017
Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe, Science and Healthcare: profile
Illawarra Mercury January 2017
University of Wollongong Media January 2017
Franklin Women Journal Club Profile