Hi, I'm Natalie Matosin. I'm a brain biologist, researcher and early career fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich.

I'm interested in understanding the molecular alterations that occur in the brain leading to the development of psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. I study brain samples from people that lived with mental illness to understand how they are different, at the molecular level, to psychologically healthy people. Finding the points of difference can inform us on how to develop better treatments.


I am extraordinarily fortunate to have been supported by the Australian NHMRC, IBRO and Humboldt Foundation, which lead to my relocation from Australia to Germany to train with some of the world's experts in this field.

I am now integrating a range of genome-wide and traditional "wet lab" techniques to understand molecular factors (from the gene to the protein) that underlie the pathophysiology of severe psychiatric disorders.

Previously , I studied how alterations in the metabotropic glutamate system contributes to the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, so you will see most of my publications are in this area.

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.


In the media:

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.58.03 am.pngTEDx Hamburg, "Rock the Boat" June 2017
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