Oliver Stork is head of the Department of Genetics & Molecular Neurobiology at the Institute of Biology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. His research is devoted to the understanding of molecular and circuit mechanisms that underlie adaptive and maladaptive changes in the central nervous system following acute and traumatic stress experience. As member of Magdeburg’s collaborative research centers CRC854 and CRC1436 and in close interaction with CIRC PIs in Magdeburg and Jena he aims to bridge neurobiological and immunological research from the molecular to behavioral level. To the DZP he will contribute his expertise in the establishment and integrative analysis of rodent models for neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, which he pursues in collaboration with internationally leading experts (e.g. Gal Richter-Levin, Haifa, and Rob Willemsen, Rotterdam). Oliver Stork serves as spokesperson of various neuroscience graduate schools in Magdeburg (CBBS-graduate program, IRTG1436; vice spokesperson RTG2413) will further engage in developing an innovative education program for the CIRC’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.