IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Mental health and the ageing brain

Research focus

The Matosin Lab broadly aims to understand how stress contributes to the development of mental illness.  We specifically work to understand what happens to the cells and molecules in the human brain after stress exposure or in mental illness.  To do this, we study human brains donated to science by people who used to live with a mental illness and/or had very stressful lives. Tiny slivers of brain or pieces no larger than the size of a pea are used to pinpoint differences in the shapes, numbers, orientation and connections of brain cells, as well as what is happening inside them from the level of the gene to the protein.

Publications and funding


  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Awardee
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry Australia

IHMRI research team

Research assistants

Dr Rachael Bartlett E: brachael@uow.edu.au | T: +61 2 4298 1505

PhD candidates

Dominic Kaul Astrocytes in mental illness