ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Brain Mind Institute
Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics
SV-BMI-LGC, Station 19
The EPFL forms part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPF or ETH). It has three missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level.
The Brain Mind Institute is constructed as a network of closely related laboratories, including a spectrum of techniques ranging from molecular biology, protein chemistry, electrophysiology, behaviour, imaging to computational modelling). The Institute counts with state-of-the-art facilities to study animal behavior, physiology and metabolism in separate facilities for both rats and mice; neuroimaging and optics, genomics and proteomics, bio-EM and histology core facilities; pharmacological and pharmacogenetic approaches.
The Behavioral Genetics Lab counts with complete batteries for behavioral and cognitive testing in rats and mice, as well as complementary neurobiological and in vivo physiological techniques. The Lab has made major contribution to the understanding of stress effects on emotion, behaviour and cognition; the major current focus is the interactions between stress and aggression and underlying mechanisms.
Prof. Carmen Sandi is very active member of the Stress and Violence communities. She has organized major international conferences, including the recent “Frontiers in Stress and Cognition”, the symposium “Stress, the Social Brain and Psychopathology” and “Understanding Violence: Recent advances in biology, sociology, and modelling”. She has been Coordinator of the FP7 EU Project MemStick and President of the EBBS. She holds several editorial and board commitments, including Chief Editor of the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.