Researcher biography

Dr. Nathanael Yates is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation in the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Susannah TyeThe goal of his current research is to thoroughly characterize the neurobiological mechanisms and behavioral effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for neuropsychiatric disorders. The overarching vision for this work is to translate mechanistic insights into the clinic to improve precision medicine approaches for DBS in depression and related illnesses. He 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.

Research highlights:

  • Discovered a link between maternal vitamin D deficiency, social deficits, and 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.)