Université de Bordeaux
BrainConf: Synaptic Plasticity27-30 September, 2022 - Bordeaux

Carmen Sandi

Carmen Sandi, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland


Mitochondrial dynamics in neuronal structure and function: Behavioral implications


Carmen Sandi is a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), where she heads the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. She has done seminal contributions to the understanding of how stress -acute, chronic, or occurring in early life- affects brain function and behavior, implicating glucocorticoid actions and cell adhesion molecules as key mediators. Currently, her lab investigates the factors and mechanisms that define individual differences in stress effects, placing a strong focus on the contribution of mitochondria and metabolism to the regulation of behavioral vulnerabilities. She did her PhD at the Cajal Institute in Madrid, followed by postdocs at the University of Bordeaux and the UK Open University. Following a tenured professor position at UNED Madrid (1997-2003), she was recruited at the EPFL, where she served as the Director of the Brain Mind Institute from 2012-2018. She is co-Director of the Swiss Center for Competence in Research Synapsy and founder and co-President of the Swiss Stress Network. She was President of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS; 2009-2011), the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS; 2018-2020) and the Cajal Advanced Neuroscience Training Program (2019-2020). She is the founder of the ALBA Network, that she chaired from 2018-2021.

Website: https://www.epfl.ch/labs/lgc/