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Thanks for visiting my website. I’m Natalie Matosin, a Brain Biologist and have been an independently funded Research Fellow (full time medical researcher) since 2016. I lead a lab group in beautiful Wollongong, Australia, and we study the cellular and molecular architecture of the brain, and how that goes wrong to cause brain illnesses. You can read more about our group here.
[If you prefer to skip the science lingo, watch my Soapbox Science talk instead which explains my research more simply.]
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. In our research, we 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, I have experience in a diverse set of experimental approaches which 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 the University of Wollongong, 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.
As the public fund me, I aim to give back by communicating what we do behind our lab door. 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 use this blog to share articles on career development 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