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

The WHO predicts that stress-induced mental illnesses, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, will account for over one third of the global burden of disease by 2030. How stress manifests as mental illness is a global concern, with more adults reporting extreme levels of stress than ever before, and traumatised populations – such as refugees – are on the rise. To develop preventatives and identify periods of intervention, it is critical to understand how stressors manifest mental illness and how these effects are passed on through generations.

My research goals are to study stressed and traumatised populations to understand the genetic factors that contribute to risk and resilience to the development of mental illnesses, and how modifications to DNA, such as epigenetics, contributes to this and are transmitted to offspring – therefore having transgenerational impact on children. I aim to identify biomarkers to define populations at risk of mental illnesses and identify novel therapeutic and intervention windows to prevent the development of mental illness.

I am currently developing a major research program at UOW to study refugee populations. Refugees are severely stress exposed over a significant period of time, and they are at significantly increased risk for developing mental illness. This knowledge is also relevant in the wider context of other populations, including children.

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:

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