Hi, I’m Natalie Matosin. I’m a brain biologist and early career fellow currently conducting research in Munich, Germany and Wollongong, Australia.

I’m interested in understanding the changes that occur in the brain which lead to the development of mental illnesses including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. I study brain samples from people that lived with these mental illnesses, to understand how they are different in both molecular makeup and cell structure compared to psychologically healthy people. Finding the points of difference is extremely critical if we are to develop better treatments for mental illness.

My research on the brain currently focuses on understanding how psychological stress causes changes in the brain’s molecules and micro-structure that can lead to mental illness. We all experience stress in our lives, but only some of us go on to develop a mental illness. So what makes some of us susceptible while others are resilient? This is one of my key research questions.

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.

If you’re lucky enough to do well, it is your responsibility to send the elevator back down. I love to mentor and pay it forward, and have a bunch of articles on career development throughout my blog for other early career scientists.

You can find out more about me in the profiles below.

In the media:

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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 Healthcareprofile
Illawarra Mercury January 2017
University of Wollongong Media January 2017
Franklin Women Journal Club Profile