Dimitri De Bundel (°1981) obtained his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2009. He developed a passion for neuropsychopharmacology and received further postdoctoral training in neurophysiology and neurobiology in the cold north at Karolinska Insitutet (Sweden, 2009-2011) and the warm south at Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle (France, 2011-2014). Realizing his dissatisfaction with extreme temperatures, he returned to work as a lecturer at the department of pharmaceutical sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His present research focuses on the neurobiology of stress and stress-related mental disorders such as major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He aims to contribute to a better understanding and treatment of mental illness. To do so, he uses behavioural and immunochemical approaches and the obligatory circuit-targeted pharmacological and optogenetic interventions in rodent models for mental disorders.