Researcher biography

Dr. Nathanael Yates is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation in the Queensland Brain Institute. Under the supervision of Dr. Susannah Tye he is investigating the neurobiological mechanisms and behavioral effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. The overarching vision for this work is to translate mechanistic insights from preclinical studies into the clinic, advancing precision medicine in neuropsychiatry and neurology. Dr. Yates has a background in the development and validation of animal models of mental illness and neurotrauma, utilizing a variety of techniques including behaviour, histology, electrophysiology, MRI, and neurosurgery. He also has interests in perinatal brain development, neurodevelopmental causes of mental illness, and the development of biomarkers for enhancing diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Research highlights:

  • Discovered a link between maternal vitamin D deficiency, social deficits, and placental metabolism of stress hormones in rats (Yates et al., 2018, J Endocrinlogy; Yates et al., 2017, Reproduction)
  • Discovered that increasing the number of mild traumatic brain injuries does not uniformly increase brain damage (Yates et al., 2017, Exp. Brain. Res.)
  • Validated a novel therapy for neuroprotection in brain trauma (Yates et al., 2017, Neur. Regen. Res.; Mao et al., 2018, Int. J Mol. Sci; O'Hare Doig et al., 2017, BMC Neuroscience)
  • Established the role of an axonal guidance protein in auditory and motor development (Yates et al., 2014, Hearing Res.; Yates et al., 2014, Behav. Brain Res.)
  • Developed a new method for segmenting MRI images, particular suitable for preterm research (Yates et al. 2020, Brain Sciences)