Michael Notaras

Michael Notaras is a senior PhD candidate at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health located within the Melbourne Brain Centre at the University of Melbourne, where he is a member of the Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychoneuroendocrinology Laboratories. For his thesis, Michael is examining a novel genetic mechanism for how chronic stress may potentiate the expression of anxiety and depressive-like behaviour in adulthood.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as an honours degree in Cognitive Science, and is funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award for his PhD in Neuroscience. Michael has a primary interest in biological psychiatry, behavioural neurogenetics and the molecular biology of cognition, and is specifically interested in the interaction of stress hormones and growth factors within the brain. 

Mental illness, particularly among youth, is a growing challenge for the state's health services. Michael Notaras says greater funding for mental health programs will ease the burden on the overall health system.