Carmen Sandi is Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she is the Director of the Brain Mind Institute and leads the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. Her goal is to understand how stress affects brain function, behavior and cognition. Her lab is developing an ambitious research program combining approaches in rodents and humans to understand how stress affects the social brain and the emergence of violence. A special emphasis in her current work is placed on the role of mitochondrial function and, more generally, brain bioenergetics in the regulation of behavior by stress and anxiety. Carmen Sandi has published over 175 research articles in major international journals and contributed to various books. She has organized several conferences on ‘stress, brain and behavior’ and ‘violence’. She has served in several boards and societies; she was the President of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS) and is currently member of the Executive council of the European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS; 2018-2020). She also holds several editorial commitments; she was the founding Editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Behavioral Neurosicience and is currently Review Editor for eNeuro.