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

I’m interested in how stress and trauma contribute to the development of psychiatric illnesses such as depression, PTSD, anxiety and schizophrenia. I mainly study molecules in postmortem brain samples from individuals with these disorders to understand how they are different to psychologically healthy people. Finding the points of difference can inform us on how to develop better treatments.

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

I am now using an integrated omics approach in human postmortem brain tissues to study genetic and epigenetic factors underlying risk and resilience to adverse life events and the development 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. I also enjoy helping young scientists transition from PhD to postdoc and have several articles in this area throughout my blog.

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In the media:

TEDx 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