ICREA Acadèmia

El programa ICREA Acadèmia es va llançar el 2008 amb l'objectiu d'impulsar i premiar l'excel·lència de la recerca dels professors de les universitats públiques de Catalunya. Així, el programa contribueix a intensificar la recerca que duen a terme professors universitaris que es troben en una fase totalment activa i expansiva de la seva carrera investigadora. Els ajuts ICREA Acadèmia són una subvenció per a la recerca durant un període de cinc anys. La 12a edició del programa es va fer pública a finals d'agost de 2020. Fins ara s'han concedit un total de 329 ajuts ICREA Acadèmia. Aquest és el llistat dels 120 ajuts vigents.

  • Anduiza Perea, Eva UAB - 2015, 2020
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    Eva Anduiza Perea

    Anduiza Perea, Eva

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Ciencia Política i Dret Públic

    Eva Anduiza studied Political Science at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She got a postgraduate diploma in Data Analysis and Collection at the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. (awarded the IX Stein Rokkan Prize in 2000) at the European University Institute. Before coming to Barcelona in 2003, she taught at the universities of Salamanca and Murcia. Since 2008 she is the principal investigator of the research group Democracy, Elections and Citizenship. She was awarded an Icrea Academia in 2015, and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in 2018. She is currently a full professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Law of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has authored or co-authored over 60 publications on different dimensions of political attitudes and behavior, supervised 13 defended Ph.D. thesis, and mentored ten post-doctoral students.

    Research interest

    Anduiza's research examines citizens’ political engagement in advanced democracies, including the causes and consequences of electoral turnout, vote choice, political protest, digital media, and political attitudes. She is also interested in survey and experimental methodology. Recently her research has focused on the attitudinal consequences of the economic crisis, with a special focus on understanding the triggers and implications of populist attitudes. In her current project, she is exploring change in political attitudes using panel data covering over a decade of political turmoil in Spain. She is analyzing the consequences of party system change for individual behavior, observing how new parties generate political engagement and meaningful partisanship among supporters. She is also studying the interplay between attitudes towards gender equality, feminist protest mobilization, and vote choice, detecting that gender backlash is one of the main predictors of far-right vote choice.

    Key words

    populism, political participation, emotions, attitude change, protest, experiments, panel data

    ORCID

    0000-0003-0924-8064

    Resercher ID

    D-4829-2009
  • Bartres Faz, David UB - 2019
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    David Bartrés Faz

    Bartres Faz, David

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Medical Psychology Unit / Dept. Medicine / Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona. Former recipient of a ‘Ramon y Cajal’ excellence research fellowship from the Spanish Government. He conducted a 2-year postdoctoral stage at the Institute National de la Santé et de la Récherche Médicale (INSERM), France, as well as two stages at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He has been Principal Investigator of 7 consecutive National Competitive Research projects and PI for the Barcelona center of a FP7 and a H2020 projects. PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (https://bbhi.cat/) and coordinator of the Barcelona Brain Stimulation Lab (http://www.ub.edu/bbslab/). He is also co-chair of the ‘Reserve, Resilience & Protective Factors’ Professional International Area of the Alzheimer’s International Association (ISTAART). He has published over 140 scientific articles and supervised 10 PhD thesis. h index: Web of Science: 38

    Research interest

    My research interests are focused on the study of cognitive and neuroimaging changes occurring in ageing and in particular, how lifestyles and psychological factors can influence brain health during lifespan. At a more experimental level, I also investigate how non-invasive brain stimulation can modulate brain networks, reflecting mechanisms of plasticity in advancing age and potentially providing new strategies to potentiate cognitive function in this segment of people. My group has a strong focus on the use of neuroimaging  techniques, in particular  magnetic resonance imaging, combined with transcranial magnetic and/or electrical stimulation protocols. We are currently engaged in interventional studies aimed to investigate the impact of optimizing and personalizing healthy lifestiles on brain and mental health measures.

    Key words

    Brain health, brain resilience, aging, cognitive and brain function, non-invasive brain stimulation

    ORCID

    0000-0001-6020-4118

    Resercher ID

    C-8997-2011
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    Benach de Rovira, Joan

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Political and Social Sciences

    Director of the Health Inequalities Research Group/Employment Conditions Network (GREDS-EMCONET, UPF), Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins-Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center, Senior Researcher and Full Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at
    Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona. My academic background includes a MD, a MPH, a degree in Preventive Medicine & Public Health, a PhD in Public Health (Johns Hopkins University) and a wide-ranging background in social sciences (studies of History, and
    Methodology of Social Sciences). My main scientific contributions include a large number of papers and publications with original analyses on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities.

    Research interest

    I substantially have contributed to Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities scholarship in research/health policy and knowledge transfer. In the last five years, my main scientific contributions include papers (n=28), and books, reports, and other publications (n=73), with original analyses, reviews and commentaries on employment conditions and precarious employment, the health intersections among social class, geography, migration, and gender, health policy analyses, and critical complex systems reviews. I’ve shown my research leadership in many international projects and collaborations linked to scientists from all over the world (e.g., Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, U.S.), giving many presentations, conferences, and workshops on the aforementioned subjects.

    Key words

    Social Determinants of Health, Health Inequalities, Employment Precariousness

    ORCID

    0000-0003-2285-742X

    Resercher ID

    H-2519-2013
  • Escera, Carles UB - 2010, 2015, 2020
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    Carles Escera

    Escera, Carles

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology

    Carles Escera graduated in Psychology at University of Barcelona in 1987, and after his PhD in 1993, he gained postdoctoral experience at the University of Helsinki (Finland) in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999. He became Associate Professor in 1997, and Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010. He was visiting professor at the University of Bremen (Germany) and Fellow of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst (Germany) in 2004 and 2005. He has published over 130 papers in major journals in Psychology and Neurosciences (over 6500 citations; h index = 43). He has been the principal investigator of more than 30 research projects, including one from the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 program, and several from the FP4, FP5 and FP7, and the coordinator of an ERANET.NEURON project of the EU and a Marie Slodowska-Curie action of FP7. Currently, he is involved in an ERC Advanced-Grant in Archaeology (ARTSOUNDSCAPES) as the leader of two research lines (psychoacoustics and neuroscience).

    Research interest

    My research focuses on how the human brain builds up the auditory world around us to give rise to auditory perception. In particular, I am interested in how the brain models the implicit regularity in the acoustic environment supporting predictive perception, and more recently in how it encodes a particular type of sounds, those of speech, as critical prerequisite towards human communication. My approach is multimodal, including EEG, magnetoencephalography (MEG), structural and functional neuroimaging, and animal models. The results of my research support the emerging view that the subcortical auditory system has complex computation capabilities contributing to auditory cognition. My current projects address speech sounds acquisition in very young infants born normally or after clinical conditions challenging fetal development. Also, I inquiry how the acoustic environment where sounds are heard shapes the way these are perceived, eventually triggering altered states of consciousness.

    Key words

    Psychology, cognitive neuroscience, attention, auditory perception, speech

    ORCID

    0000-0001-8203-2951

    Resercher ID

    A-8658-201
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    Feixa Pampols, Carles

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Comunicació

    Carles Feixa (Lleida, 1962) is professor of social anthropology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has a PhD from the University of Barcelona and an Honoris Causa from the University of Manizales (Colombia). Former professor at the University of Lleida, he has been visiting scholar in Rome, Mexico City, Paris, Berkeley, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Newcastle and Lima. He has specialized in the study of youth cultures, conducting fieldwork research in Catalonia and Mexico. He is author or coauthor of 50 books, including De jovenes, bandas y tribus (Barcelona, 1998, 5th ed. 2012), Youth, Space and Time (Boston & Leiden, Brill, 2016) and La imaginación autobiográfica (Barcelona, Gedisa, 2018). He has been a consultant on youth policies for the United Nations and VP for Europe of the research committee “Sociology of Youth” of the International Sociological Association. In 2017 he obtained the ICREA Academia and the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

    Research interest

    The ERC-AdG Project (TRANSGANG), to be done during my ICREA Academia period, will focus on experiences of intervention by youth gangs of two transnational communities (Latinos and Arabs) in cities within three geographical and cultural regions -Southern Europe, North Africa and the Americas. The novelty of the project is two-sided. Firstly, it focuses on inclusive and positive aspects of gang membership and the positivation of their marginalized position within the social structure. Secondly, it uses a transnational comparative methodology, focused on a group rarely included in gang studies –Young Arabs- along with another over-studied group –Young Latinos. The ultimate goal is to develop a renewed transnational, inter-generational, intergeneric and transmedia approach to Twenty-First-century gangs, very different from the local, coeval, male and face-to-face model used for understanding gangs in the Twentieth century. 

    Key words

    Youth, Social change, Gangs, Migration, Violence, Mediation

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4874-1604

    Resercher ID

    J-8232-2012
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    Fuentemilla Garriga, Lluís

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology

    Lluís Fuentemilla is an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) where he leads the Dynamics of Memory Formation group. In 2007 he received the PhD in Psychology for his thesis of how neural oscillatory activity supports auditory sensory memory. He then moved to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) as a postdoctoral researcher, a time that helped him crystallize his deep interest in the understanding of the brain underpinnings of human learning and memory.  In 2010, he was awarded by a Ramon y Cajal programme to create and establish his own research group at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute and at the UB. In 2015, he joined the UB as an Associate Professor, where he combines research and teaching as one at the group leaders of the Institute of Neuroscience (UB).  

    Research interest

    My research focusses on the cognitive neuroscience of memory, a field that studies the neural mechanisms and cognitive processes that support human memory. I lead the Dynamics of Memory Formation group, who uses behavioural, neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques that, combined with advanced analytical approaches, help us set out work emphasizing the critical role that neural replay exerts on memory. Our research covers studies on healthy population and neurological patients to guide and document the relevance of memory reactivation during working memory maintenance, memory recollection and sleep consolidation. Our findings have an impact on the field as they provide insights of the neural mechanisms that underlie fundamental memory processes, such as how experiences are integrated and transformed into long-term memory traces by the brain. 

    Key words

    Episodic memory, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, neural replay

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4799-3762

    Resercher ID

    E-3926-2012
  • González Luna, Libertad UPF - 2015, 2020
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    González Luna, Libertad

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Economia i Empresa

    I was born and raised in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla). After getting my BA in Economics from the University of Sevilla, I did my PhD in Economics at Northwestern University, and since then I have been a professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Since 2006, I am also affiliated with the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. In 2017 I was granted an ERC Consolidator for a research project on the effects of different interventions on child human capital development.

    Research interest

    I'm an applied microeconomist, and my research is in the areas of labor, public, and health economics. I work on questions related to the family (fertility, divorce), labor supply, gender, child health, and the evaluation of the effects of public policies. My two most recent publications were in the Journal of Human Resources and Health Economics

    Key words

    labor economics, public economics, immigration, family policy, fertility, female labor supply, divorce, child health, gender

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4555-9652

    Resercher ID

    D-6778-2013
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    Montserrat Guillén i Estany

    Guillen i Estany, Montserrat

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada, Riskcenter-IREA

    Full Professor of Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona and Honorary Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance at City, University of London. I received a MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics at the UB. I studied Economics at the University of Cambridge and I got a MA in Data Analysis at the University of Essex. I was Visiting Research faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and Visiting Professor of Insurance Econometrics at the University of Paris II. I am member of the BGSMath, director of the research group Riskcenter in the global network of risk research units of the International Insurance Society and director of the Research Institute of Applied Economics. I have been research visitor of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Research interest

    My research is on insurance and risk quantification. I have specialized in statistical methods for actuarial science. This requires unique interdisciplinary talent involving mathematics, economics and statistics. In risk analysis, I am currently developing new methods in telematics and digital analytics, with tools aimed at assessing risk from big data sources. I am working on extensions of predictive modelling that focuses on multidimenional risk measurement: accident severity, vehicle usage and customer lapse. I am also working on the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries funded project on saving/investment decisions for pre and post-retirement, with generalization of pooled annuity funds.

    Key words

    Insurance, Risk management, Actuarial Science

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2644-6268

    Resercher ID

    E-1407-2011
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    Jancint Jordana Casajuana

    Jordana Casajuana, Jacint

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Polítical and Social Sciences

    Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), he is also associate researcher at the Centre of European Studies and Comparative Politics (SciencesPo). Director of the Institut Barelona d'Estudis Interncionals (IBEI). He has been visiting fellow at the Australian National University, Wissenschafts Zentrum Berlin, University of California (San Diego), Copenhagen Business School, and the LM University of Munich. From 2005 to 2010, he was co-chair of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance. Recent publications include articles, among others, on regulatory institutions, the comparative development of domestic public policies, and policy making in policy networks.

    https://www.globalreg.info/

    https://www.globe-project.eu/en

    Research interest

    My research focus on the analysis of how regulatory governance works in the age of globalization. My primary area of research concentrates on examining the institutional characteristics of independent regulatory agencies (IRAs) over different sectors and countries all over the world. Granting political independence to most of these agencies was a significant move in the political economy of many countries during the 1990s and 2000s, and  I am interested to better understand how this institutional model really works in practice. For this reason, I have focused on identifying the historical background of IRAs and the political context as a way to find explanations for agencies’ successes and failures, as well as their vulnerabilities.

    Key words

    public policy, Institutions, governance, regulation, collective action

    ORCID

    0000-0003-2700-6747

    Resercher ID

    C-9097-2014
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    Lago Peñas, Ignacio

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Political and Social Sciences

    Ignacio Lago is Professor of Political Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). His research interests include electoral systems, political behavior, federalism, and party politics. He has published in Public Opinion Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Economy, Electoral Studies, Party Politics or Regional Studies. His latest books are The Oxford Handbook of Spanish Politics (editor, 2020, OUP) and The Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State (editor, 2021, Edward Elgar). He has been visiting professor at universities in Australia, Canada, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.

    ignacio Lago is the Chief Editor or Frontiers in Political Science. Elections and Representation and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

    Research interest

    Using mainly a quantitative and comparative approach, I examine the following issues:

    - The political consequences of electoral laws: Institutional and sociological determinants of the number of parties that compete in a polity, strategic voting, partisan bias, coordination problems in electoral systems.

    - Political Behaviour: Economic voting and accountability in mass elections, religious voting, determinants and consequences of turnout.

    - Issues in Political Economy: Tax morale, composition of public spending, budget structure.

    - Political Parties: Nationalization of parties and party systems, impact of decentralization on the organization of parties.

    - Sports & Society: The convergence of sports and society.

    - Decentralization: Consequences for governance.

    Key words

    Decentralization, Elections, Electoral Systems, Institutions, Nationalization

    ORCID

    0000-0003-0611-8467
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    León Borja, Margarita

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dep Ciencia Política i Dret Públic and Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP)

    Margarita León is an Associate Professor in the politics department of the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona and a senior Research fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP) of the same university. From 2003 until 2010 she was a lecturer in European social policy (SSPSSR, University of Kent). She was a Marie Curie fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2000) and a MA in Sociological Research from the University of Essex (1995). She has co-edited with A.M. Guillén The Spanish Welfare State in European Context (2011 Ashgate) and edited The Transformation of Care in European Societies (2014, Palgrave).  She has published in many international journals such as Journal of European Social Policy, Comparative European Politics, South European Society and Politics, and  European Journal of Women Studies 

    Research interest

    Over the past years I have carried out research in a number of interelated fields within comparative public policy. My main research interests are welfare state reform, changes in the Sourthern European welfare state, work-life balance and care policies. My most recent research evolves around the Social Investment paradigm  for social policies. investing in children: politics, policies and outcomes (ECECWEL) is an ongoing research project funded by the Spanish Research & Development programme that looks at the political conditions under which the development of the Social Investment paradigm takes place unveiling tensions and contradictions among different political actors and the differing mobilization capacity and public opinion support.

    Key words

    Comparative public policy, welfare state research, social policy, gender policy, political systems

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9457-5822
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    Marco Pallares, Josep

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology

    I graduated in Physics (2000) and Psychology (2010) and obtained my PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Barcelona in 2005. After three years of post-doctoral stay in the Otto von Guericke Universität of Magdeburg (Germany), I was awarded with a “Ramón y Cajal” contract and joined first the Bellvitge Biomedial Institute (IDIBELL) and then the Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona. From 2020 I am Full Professor at this department and researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB. I have published over 80 manuscripts in international journals with more than 4500 citation and I have been the Principal Investigator of different research projects.

    Research interest

    My research work is aimed at achieving a better understanding of the human reward system. In concrete, I am interested in studying brain oscillations, as they are the key mechanism responsible for the coordination of the different areas of the fronto-striatal reward network. By combining functional Magnetic Resonance Magnetic Imaging, Electroencephalography and reinforcement learning computational models, our group has been able to describe the functional role of oscillatory mechanisms in reward processing, with special interest in the study of different types of pleasurable stimuli. In particular, I am interested in the study the neural mechanisms underlying musical pleasure and individual differences in musical reward processing, including the study of people with specific musical anhedonia.  

    Key words

    reward processing, oscillatory activity, music

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9175-1480

    Resercher ID

    C-1256-2008
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    Mataro Serrat, Maria

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology

    Maria Mataro is a professor at the department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Barcelona. She obtained her PhD in Psychology in 1995 at the University of Barcelona. After some years of clinical and research work as a postdoctoral researcher in Neuropsychology, she got a tenure position at the faculty of Psychology at the University of Barcelona in 2005. She was a visiting professor at the New York University Langone Medical Center in 2013 and at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and in 2017 as a Fulbright visiting scholar.  She has published 3 books and over 60 manuscripts in International journals. She has been principal investigator of 4 consecutive projects funded by the National plan and participated in 2 European projects. 

    Research interest

    Her research interest focus in healthy aging and cerebrovascular disease. Her study of the neurobiological bases of the cognitive deficits associated with vascular risk factors has contributed to the identification of cognitive-related cerebrovascular markers that might be critical in the early detection of individuals at high risk of cognitive decline. These include neuroimaging, sonographic and blood markers.

    The need for prevention and treatment of brain and cognitive decline associated with normal aging and disease led to the development of her current research projects. They aim to provide new evidence of the impact and effectiveness of neuroprotective non-pharmacological interventions -physical exercise, cognitive training and mindfulness-, to understand their molecular and neural mechanisms and to promote the development of novel strategies in the field of neurorehabilitation.

    Key words

    Neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neuroplasticity, aging, cerebrovascular disease, physical activity

    ORCID

    0000-0002-9946-2656

    Resercher ID

    B-4524-2011
  • Miró, Jordi URV - 2013, 2020
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    Miró, Jordi

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Psychology

    Jordi Miró (Reus, 1964) obtained his BSc in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1988, and his Master (1990) and PhD (1993) in Health Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His training involved Visiting Scholar placements at the U. of Pittsburgh (Dr. DC Turk), U. of Washington (Dr MP Jensen), and New York University (Dr. FBW Hawkinshire). 

    He is Full Professor of Health Psychology (2010) and Director of the Unit for the Study and Treatment of Pain (2003) and the Chair in Pediatric Pain (2015) at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). He is Director of the Master program in Health Psychology at URV.

    In 2012 he received the URV's RQR Award for quality in research, and an ICREA-Acadèmia award in 2014.

    He is founding member of the Spanish Pain Society, and the Coordinator of the Special interest group in pediatric pain. He is Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

    Research interest

    His broad research interest is pain and its management, but his current main area of research is pediatric pain, and specifically pediatric chronic pain. His group (ALGOS) is currently developing different Smartphone Apps to help people with pain develop better ways to cope with their health problems.  

    Key words

    Psychology of pain; Chronic pain; Youth; Disability; m-health

    ORCID

    0000-0002-1998-6653
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    Muñoz Mendoza, Jordi

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret

    Political Scientist. I am Associate Professor (Professor Agregat) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Barcelona, and Fellow at the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group. Previously, I was Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the UB (2014-19), postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Democracy, Elections and Citizenship Research Group), and Phd student at the Pompeu Fabra University, where I graduated in 2009. I have also been visiting researcher at the University of Gothenburg (2012) and Yale University (2007-08). I lead the POLEXP network and the BGB Workshop on Experimental Political Science.

    My broad research interests are related to political behavior and comparative politics. I teach quantitative methods and political behavior. I have published my work in leading journals such as The Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, among others.

    Research interest

    My first line of research is quantitative historical political economy. I am interested in the process of effective political incorporation of previously excluded groups, such as unskilled workers (JOP 2019), or women. My current work at IPERG focuses on the interwar period in Catalonia, Sweden and the UK.

    I also conduct experimental research on political preferences. I am working on the impact of the COVID crisis on democratic preferences. I have worked extensively on the question of failures of electoral accountability after corruption scandals (CPS 2013, LGS 2016). I have also looked at questions such as the impact of coalition signals on parties’ reputation (JOP 2017), the effect of immigration on support for social policy (PSRM 2019), support for secession (EPSR 2015) or political violence (JPR 2019). I have also worked on the use of unexpected events during surveys as a strategy for causal identification (PA 2019).

    Key words

    Political behavior, accountability, survey experiments, democratization

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2078-4047

    Resercher ID

    C-8424-2015
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    Pereda Beltran, Noemí

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Psicologia Clínica i Psicobiologia

    Noemí Pereda (Barcelona, 1975) obtained her BSc in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she also obtained her PhD (Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award) in 2006. She was a visiting researcher in the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, where she understood the importance of building a culture of evidence in violence research. She became an Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she leads the 'Grup de Recerca en Victimització Infantil i Adolescent' (GReVIA). She serves as temporary adviser for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe for the study of child and adolescent victimization in Spain. She is also a member of the Catalan Ombudsman’s Advisory Council for the ‘Prevenció de la Tortura i altres Tractes o Penes Cruels, Inhumans o Degradants'. She provides in-service training for practitioners on violence against children sponsored by the Spanish and Catalan Governments. 

    Research interest

    Our research interest focuses on developmental victimology, a field that studies victimization of children and youth, the consequences for mental health of violent experiences at an early age, and the resilience factors individuals develop to cope with these experiences. At present, the GReVIA research is driven by the idea that the existence of a ‘v factor’, or a general victimology factor, in the structure of interpersonal victimization can be empirically demonstrated. This work has an enormous impact on the design of public policies for reducing the risk of victimization in children, and to raise public awareness about the situations of violence suffered by one of the most victimized groups in society. Our main goal is to foster an evidence-based approach that is able to produce valid and reliable results and help practitioners and public agencies to prevent violence against children. 

    Key words

    developmental victimology, victim, children, trauma, violence, ptsd

    ORCID

    0000-0001-5329-9323

    Resercher ID

    C-5980-2011
  • Pérez Castrillo, David UAB - 2008, 2014, 2019
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    Pérez Castrillo, David

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament d'Economia i Història Económica

    David Pérez-Castrillo earned a PhD in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris, in 1991. He had previously graduated in Mathematics from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. He is Professor in Economics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Research Professor at Barcelona GSE. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals. He has served as President of the Association of Southern European Economic Theorists, as President of the Spanish Economic Association, and as Officer of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics. In addition to ICREA Academia chairs (2008, 2014, and 2019), he has been awarded the Distinció per a la Promoció de la Recerca Universitària of the Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Researchers (2001), the Prize Haralambos Simeonidis (2001), and the Arrow Price of the BE Journal (2006).

    Research interest

    His research interests include Economics of Innovation, theoretical and applied Game Theory and Contract Theory. He is particularly interested in research that lies in the intersection between fields. For example, he uses matching market models to analyze the optimal incentive contracts in general equilibrium environments. He also builds new datasets to study from both empirical and theoretical points of view research questions such as the dynamics of start-ups, the funding process of researchers, and the influence of institutional investors on firms’ innovation.

    Key words

    Economics of Innovation, Matching, Game Theory, Economics of Information, Corporate Finance

    ORCID

    0000‐0002‐1840‐7621

    Resercher ID

    D‐7585‐2012
  • Sebastián Gallés, Núria UPF - 2008, 2013, 2018
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    Sebastián Gallés, Núria

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Teconologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions

    Núria Sebastián received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Barcelona in 1986. After Post-doctoral training at the Max Plank Institute and the CNRS in Paris, she was appointed Associate Professor of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Barcelona, in 1988, and then was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. In 2009, she moved to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She was a Visiting Scholar at several research centers including the IRCS at the University of Pennsylvania, the ICN at University College (London) and the University of Chicago. She was coordinator of the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research consortium (BRAINGLOT). From Jan. 2014 Dec. 2016 she was Vice-President of the ERC. In 2016 she was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. She leads the SAP Research Group (Speech Acquisition and Processing) at UPF’s Center for Brain and Cognition. She has authored over 150 publications in international journals.

    Research interest

    The scientific contributions by Dr. Sebastián Gallés cluster around the topic of language learning in bilingual contexts. She wants to understand the mechanisms that make possible that young infants acquire a language (or languages) in a short period of time. She also wants to understand the way adult brains get to learn new languages later in life. She is a firm supported of interdisciplinarity and her research is a clear example of it, as it combines fundadmental concepts of linguistics, psychology and neuroscience. 

    Her main goal is to understand how the human brain hosts language and how its acquisition and processing changes the brain. 

    Key words

    psychology, cognitive neuroscience, bilingualism, development

    ORCID

    0000-0001-6938-2498

    Resercher ID

    A-4215-2008
  • Torcal, Mariano UPF - 2014, 2019
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    Torcal, Mariano

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departamento de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales

    Full Professor in Political Science and ICREA Research Fellow (2014-2019, and 2020-2025) at the Department of Political and Social Science at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and Director of the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM). President of WAPOR Latinoamérica Association (2018-2020). Senior Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver since 2006.  CES Jean Monnet Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina, USA, in 2017. He has published several articles on topics such as political disaffection, political trust and satisfaction with democracy, electoral behavior, political participation and party system institutionalization in major international journals. More recently, I got interested in the topic of effective polarization and support for right-wing parties. Member of The Editorial Boards of many International Journals. Current editor of Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública. 

    Research interest

    Certainly, ideological and issue position differences between parties and their followers lie at the very core of democratic political life, but scholars in the United States (have identified another important facet of this topic - citizens’ affective polarisation that arises between partisan and other identity groups and along policy lines. This process goes beyond the traditional ideological/issue conflicts, emerging along lines drawn by partisan loyalties as well as existing or new emerging identities which increasingly divide the world into in-groups and out-groups. My research has centred on the study of affective polarisation, with special attention to role played by the increasing partisan media and social media. My interests also include the interplay of this type of polarisation with the decline in political trust in important institutions of representation and interest aggregation, as well as social trust more generally.

    Key words

    Public Opinion, Eleccions, Party Systems, Survey Methodology, Political Behavior

    ORCID

    0000-0002-0060-1522

    Resercher ID

    B-8394-2012
  • Torres Pérez, Aida UPF - 2019
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    Torres Pérez, Aida

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Law

    Aida Torres Pérez is Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). She received her LL.M and JSD from the Yale Law School. She has been a visiting scholar at the European University Institute (Florence), the Universityof Trento, the University of Maastricht, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg),the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), and the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, iCourts (Copenhagen). Since 2011, she is an external legal expert of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the EUI (Florence) and has participated in several projects funded by the European Commission as the UPF coordinator. She is the IP of a project funded by the Spanish government (2018-2020) on the new challenges for the Rule of Law in the EU, which builds upon a previous research project on the constitutional impact of European economic governance. 

    Research interest

    Her research has primarily focused on the plurality of systems of rights protection in Europe and the interactions among the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, and constitutional courts; and European constitutionalism and the impact of economic governance. At present, she is developing a line of research on the independence of the international judiciary. The increasing influence and power of international courts has raised concern regarding their legitimacy, which is premised to a large extent upon their independence. The diverse and partial approaches in examining specific courts hinders a meaningful understanding of what judicial independence means and requires in the international sphere. Her main goal is to provide an analytical framework to conceptualize judicial independence at the international level from which to assess, critically examine, and guide institutional design and practice.

     

     

    Key words

    Fundamental rights in Europe, judicial dialogue, European constitutionalism, international judicial independence

    ORCID

    https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4478-1008

    Resercher ID

    L-5922-2014
  • Urbano, David UAB - 2018
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    Urbano, David

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Department of Business

    David Urbano is a professor of Entrepreneurship at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and deputy director at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research (CREIS). He earned a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (UAB / Växjö University - Sweden). His research on institutions and entrepreneurship has been published in multiple leading academic journals and he currently participates in numerous international research projects (e.g., GEM, GUESSS). He is a research fellow at IfM Bonn (Germany) and at the Basque Observatory for Entrepreneurship (OVE-EBB), and he regularly visits Haas School of Business (University of California Berkeley). He is associate editor of Small Business Economics Journal (SBEJ) and International Small Business Journal (ISBJ), a member of the Board of Directors in the European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB), and president of the Entrepreneurship Division at the Spanish Academy of Management (ACEDE).

    Research interest

    David Urbano’s research focuses on the analysis of factors affecting entrepreneurship in different contexts, using the institutional approach, and combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Particularly, he is interested in analyzing: (a) the influence of institutions (legal and cultural) on entrepreneurship; (b) the diversity in entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial universities, social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, etc.) in light of the institutional perspective; and (c) the link between entrepreneurship and socio-economic performance through institutional lenses. To complement institutional economics, other theoretical perspectives are considered in order to explain entrepreneurship variations across countries at different levels of analysis (human capital, dynamic capabilities, and entrepreneurship ecosystems). Also, his research provides useful insights for the design of entrepreneurship policies to foster economic performance and social prosperity.

    Key words

    Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activity, small business, diversity in entrepreneurship, institutions, institutional economics.

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0001-7600-8656

    Resercher ID

    B-6879-2009
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    Verger Planells, Antoni

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Department of Sociology

    Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Before joining UAB with a Ramon y Cajal grant in 2011, he was a researcher and lecturer in IDS at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, he leads the ERC-funded project Reforming Schools Globally: A Multiscalar Analysis of Autonomy and Accountability Policies in the Education Sector, and is one of the directors of the Erasmus Plus-awarded GLOBED Master's. With a cross-disciplinary training in sociology and education studies, Verger publishes in comparative education, sociology of education and development studies journals. He has edited several books on global education policy, and is one of the lead editors of the Journal of Education Policy and the World Yearbook of Education. Beyond academia, he regularly collaborates with international organisations, governmental agencies and international NGOs to inform their policies and strategies in education.

    Research interest

    Verger's research examines the relationship between globalization, governance institutions and education policy - i.e. how education policies are internationally disseminated and enacted in different institutional settings, and how this impacts education quality and equity. In the last years, he has applied this research perspective to the study of public-private partnerships and new public management reforms in education. These are two policy models that, after decades of continuous educational expansion, countries in both the Global North and the Global South are adopting in an attempt to improve the performance of their education systems cost-efficiently, but with results that are far from conclusive. Currently, in the context of the REFORMED project, Verger studies the transfer, enactment and multiple trajectories of market-like, school autonomy and performance-based accountability policies in a sample of European and Latin American countries.

    Key words

    global education policy; educational reform; comparative education; multi-scalar governance; public-private partnerships; accountability in education; international organisations

    ORCID

    0000-0003-3255-7703

    Resercher ID

    L-6581-2014
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    Bielsa Mialet, Esperança

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament de Sociologia

    Esperança Bielsa is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Adjunct Professor at Shanghai International Studies University. She holds a PhD and an MA from Glasgow University. Before joining the UAB with a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship in 2010, she was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. She is author of The Latin American Urban Crónica (Lexington Books 2006) and of Cosmopolitanism and Translation (Routledge 2016), and co-author of Translation in Global News (Routledge 2009). She is editor of The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Media (forthcoming), and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Globalization (2021) and of Globalization, Political Violence and Translation (2009). She is co-editor of the new interdisciplinary journal Translation in Society.

    Research interest

    Esperança Bielsa’s interdisciplinary research draws upon sociology, critical theory and translation studies. Recent research dealt with the central significance of translation for an understanding of contemporary cosmopolitanism, developing empirical perspectives on the translation of world literature, social theory and foreign news. Current research is focused on two areas. The first relates to the political and social dimensions of translation, as well as the theoretical and methodological implications of translation for sociology. This is the subject of a book project entitled Translation and Sociology. The second investigates the significance of authenticity in relation to strangeness as a fundamental characteristic of contemporary globalization. This research explores different, usually unconnected domains, from crowd theory or authenticity in art, to notions of linguistic authenticity in multilingual contexts.

    Key words

    authenticity, cosmopolitanism, identity, sociology of culture, sociology of translation, stranger, translation

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-3382

    Resercher ID

    E-9686-2016
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    Coello de la Rosa, Alexandre

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Humanitats

    Senior professor of history and researcher at the UPF/CSIC. He has published numerous books and articles on Latin American history and the Philippines, particularly on ecclesiastical history, chronicles of the Indies and the history of the Marianas (16th to 18th centuries). His latest books are: (with J.L. Mateo), In Praise of Historical Anthropology: Perspectives, Methods, and Applications to the Study of Power and Colonialism (London & New York: Routledge, 2020); (with L. G. Jones), Striving for Remembrance: Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (London & New York: Routledge, 2020); (with D. Atienza), Scars of Faith: Letters and Documents of the Mariana Islands’ Jesuit Missionaries (Chestnut Hill: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2021). He is also coeditor of the journal Illes i Imperis and coordinator of the Master in Asian-Pacific Studies in a Global Context (UPF).

    Research interest

    The PI’s expertise includes Latin American History and the Philippines, with an emphasis on ecclesiastical and early modern history. His education involved the study of Colonial Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology for more than ten years. As a historian, he was trained in history at SUNY at Stony Brook, where he earned his PhD in Latin American History (2001). Afterwards, he deepened this interdisciplinary perspective by collaborating (and publishing) with prestigious anthropologists at the UAB on issues related to ambivalent identities, hibridity, and comparative systems of social classification.

    Key words

    Ecclesiastical History, Philippines, Jesuits, Colonial History

    ORCID

    0000-0001-5079-6180

    Resercher ID

    D-1579-2014
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    García-Carpintero Sánchez-Miguel, Manuel

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Filosofia

    Manuel García-Carpintero was born in Daimiel (Spain) in 1957. He got his "Licenciatura" ( ≈ BA) at the University of Barcelona (1979) and his PhD also at the University of Barcelona (1988), where he has taught since 1984, after teaching at secondary schools between 1979 and 1984. He visited the CSLI, Stanford University, for one academic year (1990-91), and for shorter periods the philosophy departments at MIT (1992), NYU (1997), Oxford (1998), and Lisbon (2011, 2012). He was a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh, 2001), and he has been appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Lisbon (2013-2020). He was awarded a "Distinció de Recerca" for senior researchers by the Catalan Government between 2002 and 2008, and in 2008 (2009-2013), 2013 (2014-2018) and 2018 (2019-2023) the prize “ICREA Acadèmia” for excellence in research, also funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

    Research interest

    Manuel García-Carpintero is Professor at the University of Barcelona (http://www.ub.edu/grc_logos/manuel-garcia-carpintero). He works in philosophical logic, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and related epistemological and metaphysical issues. He has a book on assertion forthcoming in OUP entitled Tell Me What You Know, and he is working on another two, one on indexicals under contract with Springer, Indexicals and Reflexivity, and another on the first person under contract with OUP, Representing Oneself.

    Key words

    reference, presupposition, assertion, semantics/pragmatics, fiction

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7674-4944

    Resercher ID

    F-4949-2011
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    Iñigo González Ricoy

    González Ricoy, Iñigo

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Department of Philosophy

    I am an associate professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. I am also a member of the Barcelona Institute of Analytic Philosophy and the UB Political Philosophy Seminar, as well as an external member of the Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale at the Université de Louvain and the Law and Philosophy group at UPF, where I held postdoctoral positions in the past. I have also been a visiting researcher at Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Columbia, UCL, NYU, and Minho, a visiting professor at UPF, and an assistant professor at UB, where I got my PhD in 2012.

    Research interest

    My research is in legal and political philosophy, and revolves around three areas. The first focuses on the changing nature of work and workplace relations, which I pursue as the co-PI of a research project on justice and nonstandard employment, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. The second asks which duties, if any, we have toward generations to come and how to best realize them, an output of which is Institutions for Future Generations, a volume I recently coedited for OUP. The third inspects foundational issues in democratic theory, including the allocation of voting rights, the link between constitutionalism and democracy, and that between economic and political disparities.

    Key words

    Democratic theory, intergenerational justice, work.

    ORCID

    0000-0003-4634-2017

    Resercher ID

    E-3029-2014
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    Maria del Mar Griera Llonch

    Griera Llonch, Maria del Mar

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Sociologia

    I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and also the director of the research group ISOR (Research centre for the study of religion). I have been visiting fellow at Boston University (2009), Universiteit Van Amsterdam (2008), Exeter University (2006), and Université de Lausanne (2016). 

    My main research expertise lies at the intersection of religion, spirituality, identity and heritage regimes in contemporary Europe. I have coordinated several competitive projects in these fields and have extensively published in leading academic journals and prestigious book series. I am the vice-president of the RC22 committee on Sociology of Religion of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and member of the European Board of the IESR (Institut Européen en Sciences des Religions– Paris). 

     

    Research interest

    The global resurgence of religious identities is having a large impact upon European societies. My recent research explained changes in European religious landscapes and analyzed forms of regulation of religious diversity.

    My current research focuses on how contemporary processes of religious identity formation relate to public and political narratives of religion in Europe. I develop my research to through two lines of inquiry. First, I study religious heritage sites, and the controversies surrounding them, as an entry point to analyze how ideas about Europe’s religious past and collective religious memories are mobilized in contemporary political narratives and imaginings of European futures. Second, I examine public controversies at the intersection of science and religion, and the political and moral articulation of these controversies in the public sphere. 

    Key words

    Religious diversity, Interreligious relations, Europe, Religious Heritage, Science & Religion

    ORCID

    0000-0002-1773-4874
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    Herranz Loncán, Alfonso

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Economic History, Institutions, Policy and World Economics

    I am Full Professor of Economic History at the University of Barcelona. I got my PhD in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have been invited professor at the University of the Republic (Uruguay) from 2004 to 2016, and at El Colegio de México in 2019. I am Director of the "Antoni de Capmany" Economics and Economic History Research Centre of the University of Barcelona, Editor of Economic History of Developing Regions, and coordinator of the Master in Institutions and Political Economy of the University of Barcelona. I am also trustee of the European Historical Economics Society, member of the Barcelona Economic Analysis Team (BEAT) and research fellow of the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG) and the Laureano Figuerola Institute. I have published two books and a number of articles on different Economic History topics.

    Research interest

    I am interested in the study of the history of transport and market integration in the 19th and early 20th centuries. More specifically, I have analysed the growth and distributional impact of railways in peripheral countries, and the mutual interaction between transport infrastructure investment, export expansion and the evolution of state capacity. I am particularly interested in: 1) the channels through which state capacity affected infrastructure investment; 2) the effects of the transport network structures on the spatial distribution of economic activity in peripheral economies; and 3) the main political factors behind the decisions on the political support to infrastructure and on the spatial structure of infrastructure networks. My final objective is to contribute to the debate on the links between the political decision-making process and the growth and distributional effects of infrastructure in developing countries.

    Key words

    Transport History, Railways, State capacity, Latin America, Economic Geography, Economic Growth

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4921-2640

    Resercher ID

    L-2473-2014
  • Lubbers, Miranda J. UAB - 2020
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    Miranda Lubbers

    Lubbers, Miranda J.

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Miranda Lubbers (the Netherlands, 1973) is an Associate Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is also the Director of the Research Group GRAFO (2017-SGR-1325) and chairs the PhD Program. A former Ramón y Cajal fellow, she holds a PhD in Social Sciences of the University of Groningen and was visiting fellow at the Universities of Bielefeld and Oxford. Her research into social networks, cohesion and exclusion has been published in journals such as International Migration Review, Social Networks, Human Nature, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, PLOS One, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of Social Networks and Social Inclusion.

    Research interest

    Fostering cohesive and inclusive societies is a vitally important societal challenge in light of growing inequality, migration and polarization. And yet, most research overlooks the inherently relational nature of social cohesion and inclusion. Dr. Lubbers advances knowledge in these areas by studying how the networks of personal relationships of individuals mitigate, sustain, or exacerbate segregation and exclusion. An expert in personal network analysis, she also contributes to the development of new methods for exploring the micro-level bases of these fundamentally societal processes.

    Key words

    Social Cohesion, Social Inclusion, Social Networks, Poverty, Migration, Transnationalism, Network Science, Mixed Methods

    ORCID

    0000 0001 8398 6044

    Resercher ID

    P-1250-2018
  • Marre, Diana UAB - 2019
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    Marre, Diana

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Social and Cultural Anthropology Department

    Social Anthropology PhD, University of Barcelona. Associate Professor and Director of the AFIN Research Group and Outreach Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Ramón y Cajal researcher and visiting professor at Birkbeck College, London School of Economics, EHESS, Auckland University of Technology, University of the West of England. Her research focuses on how fertility decline and developments in reproductive medicine contribute to new domestic and global reproductive practices, mobilities and subjectivities, not only for people seeking to have a child but also for the child. Recent contributions: Adoption and Fostering. In Han S & Tomori C eds The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction, with J Leinaweaver, Routledge 2021; Ethnography on sensitive topics: children’s sexuality education in Spain. In Pandeli J, Gaggiotti H & Sutherland N eds Organizational Ethnography: An Experiential and Practical Guide, with B Alvarez & E Malgosa, Routledge 2021.

    Research interest

    Over the last 25 years, Europe has experienced dramatic demographic changes, involving decreasing fertility rates and increasing use of assisted reproductive technologies (adoption, in vitro fertilization, gamete & embryo donation & surrogacy) to have children later in life.  Barcelona, one of the world’s ART hubs, offers a dramatic case study with implications for how we understand reproductive practices and governance, the self and the family. Who has the right and the proper support to make their own decisions about reproduction, including whether to have children? Recent contributions: Rejected by reproductive governance: French women’ cross-border reproductive journeys in Barcelona, with A Desy. In Guerzoni S & Mattalucci C Body Politics and Reproductive Governances: “Flesh”, Technologies and Knowledge, Emerald 2021; Children Forever: The Search for Origins among Chilean Adults Who Were Adopted, with I Salvo. Child & Family Social Work 2020, 25(1):127-134.

    Key words

    gender, reproductive health, adoption, ARTs, motherhood, Spain, childhood, origins, reproductive governance & mobilitiess

    ORCID

    https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2852-3762

    Resercher ID

    14323695500
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    Ángel Martínez Hernáez

    Martínez Hernáez, Ángel

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work/Medical Anthropology Research Centre

    I am currently Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Medical Anthropology Research Centre (MARC) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. I received my PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona with a thesis that was later published (2000) by Routledge with a foreword by Arthur Kleinman (Harvard University). I have been visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, the Universitá degli Studi di Perugia, and the University of California San Diego (Fulbright), among others. Since 2017 I am an international affiliate at the Center for Global Mental Health (UC San Diego). I am the author or co-author of more than 30 books and reports and 120 book chapters and articles in main journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and Medical Anthropology. I have served as an expert and evaluator for a variety of institutions, such as the World Health Organization and the European Commission's Framework Programmes.

    Research interest

    I am a medical anthropologist working in global mental health and social participation in health. My early work took up the medical definition of symptoms as “subjective evidence of illness” to develop a model for the hermeneutic analysis of illness narratives. Later, I have worked on the intersection of illness narratives, local worlds, and health policies in Catalonia and Brazil, as well as on the therapeutic itineraries of young adolescents with emotional distress. My most recent interest is on “healthcare cultures”, understood as the intangible aspects manifested in patterns of care, such as values and representations. Healthcare cultures can be analysed in terms of how receptive they are to narratives of suffering (patients, users) and community and individual self-care actions. My purpose is to build a theory of healthcare cultures that can also be put into practice for the analysis, evaluation, and design of health policies, and  global health initiatives.

    Key words

    Medical Anthropology; Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine; Global Mental Health; Psychological Anthropology; Anthropological Theory; Urban Brazil; Indigenous Ontologies (Amazonian Cultures); Mental Health Policies in Europe and Latin America.

    ORCID

    0000-0002-5122-7075

    Resercher ID

    O-3223-2013
  • McNally Seifert, Louise Elizabeth UPF - 2008, 2013, 2018
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    McNally Seifert, Louise Elizabeth

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge

    Louise McNally holds a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics from the University of Delaware (1987) and a PhD in Linguistics (1992) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She taught at Indiana University, The Ohio State University and the University of California, San Diego before joining Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 1995, where she is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences and a member of the Formal Linguistics Group (GLiF). She was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-J.C. Mutis Research Award in 2017, and is currently a Mercator Fellow. She is co-editor of the journal Semantics and Pragmatics and on the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Linguistics. She has served on the Electorate Nominating Committee for the Linguistics and Language Science Section of the AAAS (2016-2019) and on various ERC panels, and is currently on the Committee of Experts for the German Excellence Strategy.

    Research interest

    My research is concerned with how we convey meaning through language. A successful theory of meaning should account for our ability to construct and interpret an infinite variety of complex utterances; it should also explain how we integrate general knowledge, information about the specific individuals and situations we refer to, and information about the structure of the discourses in which we participate. I aim to develop a general theory of meaning that makes testable predictions about the similarities and differences between languages, about human language processing and acquisition, and about language change; one that, eventually, might be computationally implemented. Traditionally, theories of meaning have differed according to whether they take language to signal something in the world versus some sort of conceptual representation. In contrast, the model I am developing explicitly integrates these two approaches to meaning.

    Key words

    linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, computational semantics

    ORCID

    0000-0002-3355-913X

    Resercher ID

    C-2615-2013
  • Moreno Bote, Rubén UPF - 2016
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    Moreno Bote, Rubén

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (DTIC)

    Dr Rubén Moreno-Bote is one of the leading scientists in population coding and neuronal dynamics approaches to brain functions. His theoretical and experimental work investigating the neural basis of decision making during ambiguous conditions.

    In 2010, he obtained a Ramon y Cajal Award in Psychology to become a scientific independent leader at the Foundation Sant Joan de Deu, where in 2011 he became the head of the Theoretical and Cognitive Neuroscience group. Currently, Dr Moreno-Bote is a Serra Hunter Professor at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) and the Dept. of Communication and Information Technologies in the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. 

    The laboratory of Dr Moreno-Bote has very recently published in the two top journals of neuroscience, namely, Nature Neuroscience (2014) and Neuron (2016), in the topic of decoding large neuronal populations.

     

     

    Research interest

    The brain consists of 100 billion neurons that work together within intricate networks. The coordination of these neuronal networks ultimately leads to our perception of the world, reasoning and consciousness. Despite great progress, our current understanding of the brain is still very primitive. For instance, it is not well understood how information is represented in sensory cortex, and how this information is read out to form decisions, arguably the most basic brain computations.

    In the Theoretical and Cognitive Neuroscience group, we study the link between neuronal activity and perception. How is sensory information represented in neuronal activity? How is this information read out by downstream neurons to form a perceptual decision or make a choice?

     

    Key words

    cognition, visual perception, decision-making, neuroscience, neuronal networks, behavior
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    María  Morrás Ruiz-Falcó

    Morrás Ruiz-Falcó, María

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Humanitats

    María Morrás is Senior Lecturer of Spanish Literature at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, accredited in 2017 as Full Professor. She got a  PhD at Univ California Berkeley and at the Univ Autónoma of Barcelona. She has enjoyed libraries, colleagues and students at UC, Berkeley, and the universities of Pavia, Ferrara, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Cambridge, Nottingham and Queen Mary (UL), and has been Special Lecturer and College Tutor at Oxford, where she has been elected Honorary Research Fellow. Her publications deal on Spanish Humanism, Medieval translations, Golden Age Theater, Textual Criticism and Digital Humanities.  She has been IP of several research projects and is member of Nexus and co-IP of LaiRem. Besides,she has served at the institutional level as Vicerector at the UPF, director of the Barcelona Program for Interdiscipinar Studies and as evaluator of Catalan, Spanish and International Agencies.

    Research interest

    Her main interest is related to the role of literature in shaping and responding to intellectual and historical contexts. Her current research focuses on the conflicting literary traditions in Iberia during the 15th century, with special attention to the transitions, interfaces and interactions between Latin and the vernacular, between local traditions and humanism and between the communities involved in literary production at court.

    The experimental nature of this period is manifested in the new genres and "newcomers" (converts, "lawyers"(letrados) and women) as active agents in the literary field, which led to its containment as symbolic capital and influence. social. Cancionero's poetry, religious discourse, translations, patronage, and reading have been the subject of her interest; a gender perspective has been incorporated to better understand the role of women and the role of religion in literary circles and in shaping the public sphere.

    Key words

    Conflicts, humanism, literacy, fifteenth-century literature, courtly culture, women, power, public sphere in the Middle Ages

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2516-0524

    Resercher ID

    K-6206-2013
  • Narotzky Molleda, Susana UB - 2010, 2016
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    Susana Narotzky

    Narotzky Molleda, Susana

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Antropologia Social

    Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona, Spain. She received the National Award for Research in the Humanities “Ramón Menéndez Pidal” from the Spanish Research Ministry in 2020. She has been a member of the Insitute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2019-2020). She has received among others a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Collaborative Research. She was a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York) and is past President of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) and past Secretary and Officer of the American Association of Anthropology. She was a Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (2014-2016) and was invited professor at the Labex TransferS, Paris, and Hallsworth Visiting Professor, at the University of Manchester (2016). She is Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Anthropology and Co-Editor of European Journal of Sociology.

    Research interest

    From 2013-2019 she was PI of a European Research Council Advanced Grant “Grassroots Economics: Meaning, Project and Practice in the Pursuit of Livelihood” [GRECO] to study the effects of austerity on Southern European livelihoods. A previous project “Addressing the Multiple Aspects of Sustainability: Policy Programs and Livelihood Projects”, funded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (2012-15), addressed conflicts emerging around economic, social and environmental crises. Her work is inspired by theories of critical political economy, moral economies, feminist economics, and value regimes. Her present project addresses valuations of life in the globalized economy paying attention to multiple aspects of human worth as they relate to economic value production, focusing on food provisioning systems in transformation. Her most recent publication is Narotzky, S. (ed.) (2020) Grassroots Economies: Living with Austerity in Southern Europe, London: Pluto Press.

    Key words

    Economic Anthropology, Informal Economy, Gender relations, Social Reproduction, Crisis

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7390-7840
  • Nieto-Galan, Agustí UAB - 2009, 2018
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    Nieto-Galan, Agustí

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Centre d'Història de la Ciència (CEHIC)/Department of Philosophy

    Agustí Nieto-Galan is Full Professor of History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and ICREA Acadèmia Fellow (2009 & 2018). Following degrees in both chemistry (URL) and history (UB), he took his PhD in the History of Science at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and held postdoctoral positions in the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford, and the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie/ CNRS, Paris. He has written widely on the history of chemistry and natural dyestuffs, and the history of the popularization of science (18th-20th centuries). He is a founding member of the international research group “Science and Technology in the European Periphery” (STEP), and former Director of the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC) at the UAB

    Research interest

    Dr. Nieto-Galan focuses now on urban history of science, as a way to explore the complex interactions between science and the city in several cultural contexts. In that “urban” context, he also develops the “hunger artists’ project”, as a new research field on cultural history of science at a European level.

    He also works on a new history of chemistry in twentieth-century Spain, with a particular emphasis on professional chemists’ role during Franco’s dictatorship and the coproduction of science and power in different political regimes.

    In his new project, “Chemopolis” he plans to develop a new environmental history of chemistry in the twentieth century, which embraces the construction of risk, toxicity, and pollution, and the perception of technological progress in the public sphere.

    Key words

    History of Science, Cultural History of Chemistry, Science Popularization, Urban History of Science, Science and Power

    ORCID

    0000-0002-3458-0774

    Resercher ID

    Civil servant number: 3503259424A0504
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    Piqué Huerta, Raquel

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament of Prehistory

    Raquel Piqué i Huerta obtained her PhD in History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1997) where she started working as an associated professor in 1993. She was a visiting researcher at both, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (2002), University of California- Berkeley (2004), University of Gothenburg (2013). Since 2018 she is Full Professor at the Department of Prehistory of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she leads the laboratory of Archaeobotany. Her research concerns on prehistoric forest resources management and landscape transformation among hunter-gatherer and firsts farming societies. She has been the main researcher of eleven projects funded by national research programs and she has collaborated on more than twenty-five other international and national programs. Her main research has been performed in the Northeast of Spain and Tierra del Fuego (Argentina). 

    Research interest

    Her main research interest are the first farming societies in NE of the Iberian Peninsula; focusing on the understanding of the social organization and the use of resources among these societies. This research is concentrated at the early Neolithic site of La Draga, Girona (5300-4900 cal BC), one of the oldest in Europe. The recent approach of the research involves the use of computer modelling and virtual reality in order to improve the knowledge on Neolithic technologies.

    She uses archaeobotany as a tool to learn about landscapes and the acquisition and consumption of plants among different societies during the recent prehistory. Finally, she is interested in ethnoarchaeology as an experimental approach which allow the generation of working hypotheses to study the archaeological record. The research has been focused on the characterization of social organization and resource management, with special attention to the plant resources. 

    Key words

    Prehistory, Archaeobotany, Ethnoarchaeology,

    ORCID

    0000-0002-8253-6874

    Resercher ID

    H-9315-2015
  • Risch, Roberto UAB - 2019
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    Risch, Roberto

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Prehistòria

    Roberto Risch studied History, Archaeology and Anthropology at the Universities of Freiburg, Autònoma de Barcelona, and Cambridge. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1995 at the UAB. He has been a Ramón y Cajal researcher and a visiting scholar at numerous institutions including U. di Padova, U. Freiburg and, recently, the Max Planck Institute (Jena). His research is mainly concerned with the economy and ecology of Prehistoric societies of the Mediterranean during Later Prehistory. He has participated in and coordinated several European projects on environmental and technological changes during Prehistory. Together with Cristina Rihuete, Vicente Lull and Rafael Micó, he is currently one of the co-directors of the "La Bastida Project" which has seen excavations at La Bastida and La Almoloya (SE Iberia). In his more than 25 years of experience, he also excavated other sites in Spain and India and has undertaken ethnoarchaeological fieldwork in Western Africa.

    Research interest

    My main scientific activity is focused on the emergence and decline of new forms of political and economic domination during Later Prehistory, following four lines of research:

    1.  Investigation of the Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Age, including large scale excavations of different types of economic and political centres.

    2. The projection of historical questions arising from research on the first state and proto-state societies, seeking to account for observable socioeconomic convergences and divergences in Europe and the Mediterranean.

    3. The development and testing of a combined interdisciplinary methodology for macrolithic tool analysis, as an essential tool towards a better understanding of prehistoric economies.

    4. The advance of a general theory of political economy that accounts for the different strategies to produce and circulate economic surplus, as an indispensable element in the rise of social exploitation. 

    Key words

    Prehistory, Geoarchaeology, Archaeometallurgy, aDNA, Paleoecology, Paleoeconomy

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0001-8534-5806

    Resercher ID

    L-4115-2014
  • Roas Deus, David UAB - 2018
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    Roas Deus, David

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Spanish Philology (area of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature)

    David Roas is writer and Associate Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and director of Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico (GEF) and the Research Project Lo fantástico en la cultura española contemporánea (1955-2017): narrativa, teatro, cine, TV, cómic y radio. He is also the director of Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic. He has published several books, articles and anthologies devoted to the study of the fantastic from a clearly interdisciplinary perspective in which literary theory, comparative literature, film studies and cultural studies are combined. Also, another important part of his works is linked to the specific study of the Spanish fantastic. Visiting professor and Visiting Scholar at Brown University, CUNY, University of Virginia, Université de Neuchâtel, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and several Spanish universities.

    Research interest

    His research during the last years has followed two converging lines linked to the study of the fantastic. In the first place there are the specifically theoretical works dedicated to the definition of the fantastic, its generic boundaries, its emotional effects, and its linguistic transgressions (his main contributions are Teorías de lo fantástico and Behind the Frontiers of the Real). He has also dealt with the relationship between humor, grotesque and fantastic, and he has devoted several works to analyzing the representations of monstrosity in postmodern fiction. The second area of ​​his research has to do with the Spanish female fantastic fiction. Along with his own works on the fantastic narrative, his main contribution has been the direction of volume Historia de lo fantástico en la cultura española contemporánea (1900-2015) and the coordination (with Alessandra Massoni) of volumen Las creadoras ante lo fantástico. Visiones desde la narrativa, el cine y el cómic..

    Key words

    Theory of the Fantastic, fantastic fiction (literature, cinema,TV, comic), comparative literature, short story, humor

    ORCID

    0000-0003-0290-0646

    Resercher ID

    K-2259-2017
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    Rodrigo Sánchez, Javier

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament d'Història Moderna i Contemporània

    Javier Rodrigo, born in Saragozza in 1977, is Associate Professor -recognized for Full professorship-, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PhD (2004) in History from the European University Institute in Florence and postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics, has later been “Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellow at the University of Zaragoza and “Ramón y Cajal” Research Fellow at the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona

    He is the author or coordinator of 16 books on concentration camps history, mass violence and the Spanish Civil War, the Great War and Total war in Europe, on the Italian Fascist intervention in Spain, on historiography and on the global history of Civil Wars, among others. His last books are Comunidades rotas. Una historia global de las guerras civiles, 1917-2017 (2019, English edition in Polity Books expected 2022) and Fascist Italy in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (Routledge 2021)

    Javier Rodrigo coordinates the H2020 Project SO-CLOSE

    Research interest

    As a historian, I am interested in war, violence, terror and genocide, forced displacements, eliminationist theories and practises (particularly fascism), historiography and cultural representations. So far, as an ICREA researcher I have completed a global history of civil wars in the XXth Century and I have worked on the history of the links between Fascism and war.

    Currently I am carring on four parallel projects. One, on forced displacements history and memory in Europe linked to the H2020 Project I coordinate: SO-CLOSE, Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations. Secondly, on local perceptions of violence and terror, linked to the history of terrorism. Furthermore, on the European history of civil post-wars, linked to the Spanish Reseach Project I coordinate POS-C-WARS, Posguerras civiles: violencia y reconstrucción nacional en España y Europa, 1939-1949. And finally, on the public image of Franco

    Key words

    Civil Wars, Europe, Violence, Fascism, Genocide, War Experience, Historiography, Spain

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0002-7322-3462
  • Sabaté Curull, Flocel UdL - 2015, 2020
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    Floel Sabaté Curull

    Sabaté Curull, Flocel

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · Historia

    Professor of Medieval History (s. 2002) at the Univ. Lleida and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Univ. Nacional de Cuyo, (Mendoza, 2014), he served as visiting professor (Cambridge, Concepción, CONICET-Buenos Aires, ENS-Lyon, JSPS-Tokyo, Lisbon, Paris-1, Poitiers, Tashkent, Yale), member of research trust board (California, Leeds, Porto, CNRS-Paris, CNR-Rome) and Quality University Agencies (Spain, Romania, Portugal). He was vice-president of the Spanish Medieval Association, a member of the board of the European Medieval Society and first president of the Forum for Medieval National Associations. Member of Academies in France, Spain and USA, he was awarded with the Distinction of the Generalitat de Catalunya for University Research (2000) and the ICREA Academia (2015, 2020). He leads the journal Imago Temporis. Medium Aevum and his publications included books as The Death Penalty in Late-Medieval Catalonia (2020) and the edition of The Crown of Aragon, a singular medieval empire (2017).

    Research interest

    I have studied the axes of cohesion in late-medieval European society, analysing the levels of shared identity with a common memory orientated by dominant ideology, looking for the expressiveness and emotiveness of the experienced power. I stated that the values assumed by the society in search of its own cohesion based on different levels of collective identity (municipal, estate, guild, national) but provoked the rejection of diverse people, as Jews and Muslims. From a methodological point of view I have focussed on archive sources, especially from the Crown of Aragon. I have contrasted the data obtained with diverse places and international research groups, sharing research projects from competitive calls and seminars, scientific meetings and congresses (Saint-Etienne, 2020; Fortaleza, Warsaw, 2019; Vicenza, 2018; Wroclaw, Lyon, Alexandria, 2017; Dresden, Cagliari 2016). The results of the research have been published in highly valued journals and in well recognized publishers.

    Key words

    Medieval history, Power, Institutions, Territory, Society

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7312-1119

    Resercher ID

    K-8030-2015
  • Schulte, Lothar UB - 2011, 2019
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    Schulte, Lothar

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Department of Geography

    Lothar Schulte studied Geography, Geology and Economic History at the Univ. Düsseldorf and Univ. Cologne, and obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 at the Univ. of Barcelona. His thesis on Quaternary landscape evolution received the national award on Quaternary Science and Geomorphology. In 2000 he was contracted by the University of Barcelona as Assistant Professor giving lectures in Natural Hazards, Geomorphology, Global change, etc. Between 2001 and 2002, he was Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoc fellow and Lecturer at the University of Bern. In 2006, he was appointed Associate Professor and, in 2017, Full-Professor. Since 2006, he has acted as Principal Investigator of the PaleoRisk Research Group. In 2011 and 2019, he received the ICREA Academy Award. Since 2008, he has participated in the evaluation processes of the DFG 806 CRC, DFG, AEI, AQU, IGS and FWO. Since 2018, he has been the coordinator of the Floods Working Group of the international network Past Global Changes.

    Research interest

    L.S. has developed a multidisciplinary approach integrating multi-archive datasets into a 4-D time-space model of past floods, environments and societal impacts in mountain landscapes. In generating centennial-long reference flood records for the Alps, the Iberian Peninsula, and New Zealand’s Alps, documentary sources, floodplain and lake sediments and their geochemical variability were analysed; floods levels were reconstructed from tree rings, lichens, historical buildings, hydraulic infrastructure, and archaeological sites; and, this evidence was calibrated for a given reference period in relation to climatological and hydrological data. Analyses of atmospheric variability, reconstruction of the paleoclimate and deciphering of the historical interactions between society and river environments, shed light on the forcing of floods. Preindustrial climate periods were also examined to understand changes in environmental systems and flood dynamics under the effects of Global Warming.

    Key words

    Geography, Global Change, natural hazards and societal impact, floods, human-environment interaction, Climate Change, mountain environments, geoarchaeology

    ORCID

    0000-0001-5829-3166

    Resercher ID

    Scopus Author ID: 7003971543
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    Fotografia de Jordi Vallverdú

    Vallverdú Segura, Jordi

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Philosophy Department

    Jordi Vallverdú, Ph.D., M.Sci., B.Mus, B.Phil  is a Catalan investigator who has devoted his researches to the cognitive and epistemic aspects of Philosophy of Computing, Philosophy of Sciences, Cognition, and Philosophy of AI. After his Bachelor in Philosophy at U. Barcelona (1996), he obtained his M.Sci and Ph.D. at U. Autònoma de Barcelona (2001, 2002, respectively). He also obtained his Bachelor in Music (ESMUC, 2011). He has had research stays at Glaxo-Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (1997), J.F.K. School at Harvard University (2000), and Nishidalab at Kyoto University (2011, under a JSPS Grant). He has been visiting professor at Technische Universität München, and the University of Reading, and has been invited by a large number of institutions to lecture and to teach specialized seminars. In 2019 won the Best presentation award of the HUAWEI Neuro-inspired, cognitive, and unconventional computing workshop, Kazan (Russia).

     

     

     

    Research interest

    Professor Vallverdú researches have been exploring two main related areas: epistemology and cognition. Since his early Ph.D. research on epistemic controversies, Prof. Vallverdú has analyzed several aspects of computational epistemology.

    His latest researches have been focused on the Causal challenges of  Machine Learning techniques, with special emphasis in Deep Learning. As one of the most promising advances, Statistics meets Causal graph reasoning (via Directed Acyclic Graphs), with several conceptual paths still to be explored and clearly identified. Counterfactual reasoning is a fundamental part of these open debates, which are under the analysis of Prof. Vallverdú.

     

    His current researches are done under the support of these projects: GEHUCT, Recercaixa AppPhil Project, Tecnocog (MICINN funded project headed by Prof. Vallverdú), and H2020-SwafS  CSI COP European Project.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Key words

    Epistemology, Deep Learning, Science,Statistics, Causality, Cognition, Heuristics

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9975-7780

    Resercher ID

    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/K-5536-2014
  • Vega Ramos, María José UAB - 2008, 2014, 2019
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    Vega Ramos, María José

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

    M. J. Vega has a Ph. D. in Philology and a Ph. D. in History. She is founder-director of the Seminario de Poética del Renacimiento (UAB), a research team on Early Modern literary theory and criticism working on the impact of confessionalization in writing and reading practices in the long 16th century.  She has been PI of several national and international funded projects, and has established an interdisciplinary European network of specialists in Early Modern Literature and Intellectual History. In 2012 she was awarded the Humboldt Research Award, and, in 2011, she received the Mercator Professorship.

    Research interest

    My project seeks to understand the categories of dissent in the 16th and 17th centuries (1540-1620) through the study of theological notes and the theory of error. In early modern Europe, the ‘notes’ served to identify and diagnose doctrinal error, and to qualify propositions and texts (propositiones damnabiles) according to their distance from theological certainties or from social consensus. Notes theory laid down the language, metaphors, and principles that guided the intellectual, political, and inquisitorial management of dissent in Catholic countries, and played a constitutive role in setting the conceptual and practical limits of freedom of conscience and expression in early modern Europe.

    Key words

    dissent, censure, censorship, expurgation, early modern textual legacy

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9755-7881
  • Arenas, Alex URV - 2011, 2016
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    Arenas, Alex

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques

    Prof. Alex Arenas (Barcelona, 1969) PhD in Physics. He is full professor at Dept. Computer Science and Mathematics (DEIM), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). In 2000 and 2008, he was visiting professor at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (LBL). He is editor in charge of Interdisciplinary Physics in APS Physical Review E. He got the J. McDonnell Foundation award for the study of complex systems in 2011. He was also recognized as ICREA Academia-Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, in 2011 and 2017. He serve as Editor in J. of Complex Networks, J. of Computational Social Science and in Network Neuroscience. He is external faculty of the Complexity Hub Science in Vienna from 2017. In 2019, he was elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2020, he has was elected Fellow of the Network Science Society. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has been providing scientific advice to the Gobierno de España, and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

      Research interest

      My research interests are currently focused on the physics of networked multilevel complex systems. The comprehension of the interplay between the structure of the connectivity and the functionality of networked system is a major challenge for the physics of this era. The applicability of the understanding of basic phenomena underlying these systems have direct applications in epidemiology, neuroscience, social sciences, systems biology and computer science. Specifically, I am particularly interested on the study of dynamic transitions in complex systems, and in developing algorithms and/or tools to analyze the collective behavior of different dynamical models on networks. Lately, our activity has focused on the spatio-temporal evolution of epidemics in networked systems, with special emphasys on COVID-19, consolidating a line of research in computational epidemiology. In this endevour we have bridged theory with real application.

        Key words

        Epidemic spreading, mathematical modelling, complex networks, multiplex networks, modular structure, synchronization, game theory

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0003-0937-0334

        Resercher ID

        A-5216-2009
      • Aromí Bedmar, Guillem UB - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Aromí Bedmar, Guillem

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Facultat de Química

        Dr. Guillem Aromí graduated in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Barcelona (UB) and EHICS (Strasbourg, France), both in 1993. He earned a Chemistry PhD at Indiana University (1999, USA) and did posdocts at Leiden University (2002, Holland) with a Marie Curie Fellowship and at Manchester University (2003, UK). He became in 2003 a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellow at the UB, then Associate Professor in 2007 and Full Professor in 2018. He received the distinction of Research by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the prize ICREA Academia 2008, 2013 and 2018. He received, in 2011, an ERC Starting Grant and in 2012 he chaired the Vth International Conference on Molecular Materials. In 2018 he became Director of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the UB (IN2UB). He is the coordinator of Sciences of AGAUR (Catalan Agency of University and Research Grants). He represents the Catalan Chemical Society at the Inorganic Division of EuChemS.

        Research interest

        My main research lines are the following:
        A) Design and preparation of molecules for Quantum Computing (QC) through the coherent manipulation of spins. This is pursued by preparing molecules that incorporate the spin carriers leading to the appropriate energy spectrum and quantum dynamic properties. The goal is to use them for the construction of hybrid quantum devices.
        B) Preparation and study of switchable materials based on spin crossover (SCO). We develop new SCO materials for exploiting their potential in nanotechnology, by studying and enhancing their dynamic properties in relation to intermolecular interactions. The switching properties upon exchange of small molecules with the environment are studied.
        C) Preparation of magnetic photoswitchable molecules. We design photomagnetic molecules by the synthesis of ligands with photoactive moieties and their magnetic complexes.

        D) Preparation Functional Supramolecular Assemblies. By ligand design and coordination chemistry.

        Key words

        Coordination Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism, Single Molecule Magnets, Quantum Computing, Functional Molecules

        ORCID

        0000-0002-0997-9484

        Resercher ID

        I-2483-2015
      • Boguñá Espinal, Marián UB - 2010, 2015, 2020
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        Marián Boguñá Espinal

        Boguñá Espinal, Marián

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · DEPARTAMENT DE FÍSICA DE LA MATÈRIA CONDENSADA

        M. Boguñá is a full professor at the Departament de Condensed Matter Physics, University of Barcelona. He graduated in Physics in 1994 and obtained his PhD in 1998. In 1999, he moved to the US to do a postdoctoral stay with Prof. G. H. Weiss at the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC. After this period, in 2003, he was awarded a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. He got the tenure position in 2008. During this period, he has also spent several months in the US as invited guest scientist at Indiana University. M. Boguñá has written over 80 publications in major peer reviewed international scientific journals: Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Nature Reviews Physics, PNAS, Phys. Rev. Letters, and Phys. Rev. X. In January 2008, he obtained the Outstanding Referee award of the American Physical Society. He was awarded as ICREA Academia researcher in 2010 and 2015. Since January 2013, he serves as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports.

        Research interest

        His research interests are focused on the study of complex systems. In particular, those systems made up of a large number of units that interact through complex topologies and, therefore, are suitable to be studied using statistical physics tools. Such systems are ubiquitous and can be found in very diverse fields: societies at the large scale, cellular networks, or communication networks like the Internet, to name just a few. One of the major challenges in this field is the understanding of the coupling between the complex topologies shown by these type of systems and the functions they perform. M. Boguñá is one of the major proponents of the new field of Network Geometry, a theory aiming at finding the geometric origin of the discrete structures underlying complex systems.

        Key words

        Complex Systems, Complex Networks, Network Geometry, Statistical Physics

        ORCID

        0000-0001-7833-3487

        Resercher ID

        B-7795-2011
      • Cacho, Isabel UB - 2012, 2018
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        Cacho, Isabel

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept. de Dinàmica de la Terra i de l'Oceà

        Isabel Cacho is Associated Professor at the University of Barcelona since 2008. She graduated in Geology in 1992 and earned her PhD in 2000 at the UB. She was affiliated to the Godwin Laboratory from the University of Cambridge as a post-doctoral researcher from 2000 to 2003 and a fellow of the US-COMER Foundation during 2003-2004, associated to Columbia University. She has published over 80 research papers with more than 4500 citations. She has also been member of several national and international research committees. In 2016 she was granted with a prestigious ERC-consolidator grant. In 2018 she implemented in the UB a new and unique infrastructure in the state for the analysis of radiogenic and other rare isotopes, currently it is open to several scientific applications.

        Research interest

        She is specialist in the reconstruction of past oceanic and climatic changes in base to the application of different geochemical tools on deep marine sediments and cave speleothems. She has a strong background studding the impact of past rapid climate variability in the Mediterranean region. But she has also studied past oceanic changes in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, associated to climate variability in time-scales from few millennial to few million years. Currently, she is very much focussed in analysing Mediterranean thermohaline circulation sensitivity to different climate forcings with a particular focus in past hydrographical changes from the Western Mediterranean basin. Her research has implemented the application of Nd and other isotopic families as tracers of different oceanographic and climatic processes.

        Key words

        Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, deep sea sediments, speleothems, global change, radiogenic isotopes

        ORCID

        0000-0002-6512-0770

        Resercher ID

        H-4402-2013
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        John Calsamiglia Costa

        Calsamiglia Costa, John

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Física

        John Calsamiglia (Minneapolis, 1974) obtained the Licentiate in Physics degree from the Univesitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). After his postgraduate studies in theoretical physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), he joined the Helsinki Institute of Physics to carry out his PhD. He held postdoctoral positions in Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics (CFA) & University of Connecticut (UCONN), Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU) and Universität Innsbruck. He returned to UAB with a Ramón y Cajal fellowship, where he is a professor with tenure since 2010.  

        He currently coordinates the QuantEra project C’MON-QSENS! a European research effort to develop continuously monitored quantum sensors, and the Quantum Sensing pillar at QuantumCat, the Quantum Technologies Hub of Catalonia, He also coordinates and engages with several outreach activities promoting Physics and Quantum Information to high-school students and the general public.

        Research interest

        My expertise is on Quantum Information and my research interest revolve around two main areas.

        Non-classicality: I made contributions in characterizing and quantifying non-classical resources such as  entanglement, coherence and non-classicality of light. Of particular interest are those traits that bring about a quantum advantage in performing particular tasks. Examples of such tasks that I have contributed to are blind purification, direction hiding and entanglement percolation in complex networks.

        Quantum Statistical Inference, or how to interpret and process acquired quantum measurement data to infer some property of the system. This research has generated results in quantum sequential analysis, quantum learning,  quantum metrology, and quantum hypothesis testing. 

        I am also proud to see myself taking part in training the next generation of quantum physicists who will help to understand and transform the world through quantum sciences.

        Key words

        Quantum Information, Quantum optics, Machine Learning and Statistical Inference, Complex Systems

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0003-1735-1360

        Resercher ID

        A-5201-2010
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        Jaume Casademunt Viader

        Casademunt Viader, Jaume

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept. de Física de la Matèria Condensada - Facultat de Física

        Jaume Casademunt (1962) got a degree in Physics in 1985 with honors, and a PhD in Physics in 1988, as MEC fellow, at the University of Barcelona. In 1989-91 got a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and in 1991-93 was a research associate at Supercomputer C. Res. I. (Tallahassee). He became associate professor at the UB in 1993, and full professor in 2017. He has been invited as visitor at I. Curie (Paris), Max Planck PKS I. (Dresden), and PBT/TU Berlin. In 2016 he was appointed International Visiting Chair at the Lab of Excellence CelTisPhyBio (I. Curie/ESPCI). His contributions span the area of nonequilibrium physics, recently focused in biophysics. He is recognized for pioneering a nonlinear physics approach to biological problems. He has led international projects and served in international funding agencies and top journals (APS outstanding referee). Member of the Editorial Board of the new open access journal 'Biophysica'.

        Research interest

        Our research is rooted in the areas of Statistical and Nonlinear Physics. Within the study of nonequilibrium phenomena, our current focus is mostly in biophysics. We pursue a physical approach to selected biological problems, from molecular to cellular and multicellular scales. Our approach emphasizes collective and emerging phenomena, while exploiting the tools of nonlinear physics. The aim is to search for generic mechanisms and general principles that underlie living matter, at the higher levels of biological organization. This includes for instance the study of cell mechanics, collective cell migration, or neuronal networks.  By pursuing the ultimate nonequilibrium phenomenon, life itself, we also expect to unveil new fundamental physics concealed by biological complexity. Our insights may also be relevant to biomedical applications. Finally, we are interested in fundamental aspects of ‘active matter’, such as the search for universality in active turbulence.

        Key words

        cell biophysics, tissue mechanics, neuronal cultures, active matter, nonlinear physics, nonequilibrium physics, fluid dynamics, turbulence

        ORCID

        0000-0002-6154-439X

        Resercher ID

        S-8777-2016
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        Company Casadevall, Anna

        Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Departament de Química & Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC)

        Anna Company (Cornellà del Terri, 1982) obtained her B.Sc. Chemistry degree in 2004 at the University of Girona (UdG) and her PhD in Chemistry in 2008 at UdG. She then joined the group of Prof. Driess at the TU Berlin (Germany) as a 2-year postdoctoral researcher with a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. She returned to the UdG in 2012 as a “Ramón y Cajal” fellow and in 2013 she started her independent research career thanks to the funding from a Career Integration Grant from the EU. Since April 2018 she is appointed as an Associate Professor.

        Anna currently leads a research team at IQCC-UdG working on the activation of small molecules and the characterization of high-valent species relevant in biology and catalysis. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2010 Dalton Young Researchers Award from the RSC, the 2015 Clara Immerwahr Award granted by the German Cluster of Excellence UniCat and the 2016 Lilly Award for Young Researchers.

        Research interest

        My research is focused on the activation of small molecules using first row transition metals for the transformation of C−H bonds into C−C, C−O, C−N or C−Cl bonds, which are processes of fundamental importance in organic synthesis. Traditional methods rely on the use of stoichiometric reagents that generate high amounts of waste and require relatively harsh reaction conditions. The use of metal catalysts can overcome these limitations affording the activation of C−H bonds under mild reaction conditions and with improved selectivities. In my group we pay special attention at the characterization of the elusive active species involved in these transformations, that is high-valent metal-oxygen, metal-nitrogen or metal-carbon species, by means of several spectroscopic techniques. A profound undertanding of their structures and reactivities will ultimately lead to the design of synthetic catalysts with improved performance for the functionalization of C−H bonds.

        Key words

        Bioinorganic chemistry, catalysis, organometallic chemistry, first-row transition metals, reaction intermediates

        ORCID

        000-0003-4845-4418

        Resercher ID

        B-4121-2014
      • Costas Salgueiro, Miquel UdG - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Costas Salgueiro, Miquel

        Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi

        I graduated in Chemistry at the University of Girona (UdG) in 1994, where I also pursued PhD studies in the group of Professor Llobet with a PhD grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya. Research work during my PhD involved scientific stays at Texas A&M under the supervision of late Prof D. Barton (June-December 1996), and in Basel at the group of Prof. A. Zuberbüehler (April-May 1998). After defending my PhD dissertation in February 1999, I moved to the group of Prof. L. Que, Jr, at the University of Minnesota. My work in Minneapolis was funded by a Postdoctoral Grant from Fundació La Caixa. In 2002 I returned to Girona with a Ramon I Cajal Fellowship, and become Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in April 2003. 

        I became an independent group leader in January 2005. Since then, I started to set up my own research group (Bioinorganic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group, QBIS, www.udg.edu/qbis).

        Research interest

        My research interest aims at the study of new molecules that have relevance in the fields of Bionorganic and/or Supramolecular Chemistry, to explore the chemistry of these molecules in challenging reactions, and to convert some of these molecules in useful tools for technological applications. I am also interested in bioinspired oxidation catalysis, developing small molecule transition metal catalysts as minimalistic models for oxygenase enzymes, for enantioselective transformations in strong C-H bonds.  

        Key words

        Bioinorganic Chemistry, Catalysis, Oxidation, Supramolecular Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6326-8299

        Resercher ID

        H-6920-2012
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        Núria Fagella Rabionet

        Fagella Rabionet, Núria

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Matemàtiques i Informàtica

        Núria Fagella received her Ph.D. in 1995 at Boston University under the supervision of Robert. L. Devaney. She is now a Full professor at Universitat de Barcelona and the leader of the research group in Holomorphic Dynamics at UB, working in complex dynamical systems and fractals. She recently received a Chern Professorship at MSRI (U. Berkeley).

        She supervised 5 Ph.D. students and several postdoctoral fellows. She was a plenary speaker at more than 70 international conferences and was invited to give courses and seminars at leading institutions. She organized several international conferences.

        Jointly with Bodil Branner (DTU, Denmark) she is the author of the book  "Quasiconformal surgery in holomorphic dynamics", Cambridge University Press (2014). She has published over 50 research papers in leading journals including Invetiones Mathematicae., Advances in Mathematics, Transactions of the AMS, Proceedings of the LMS or Communications in Mathematical Physics.

         

        Research interest

        I work in Dynamical Systems, a wide field which connects different areas of mathematics but it also links mathematics to real life problems in many areas of science and technology . 

        My expertise resides in studying dynamical systems from a complex (as opsosed to real) point of view, an area known as complex dynamics, at the intersection between dynamics, complex analysis and topology. Locating an analyzing different types of invariant objects like stable equilibria of these systems (attracting fixed or periodic obits) and the boundaries of their basins of attraction (often fractals known as Julia sets) is a central problem in dynamics, and is at the core of my research. These fractals present many challenges to researchers in complex analysis, topology, geometry and even number theory.

        In recent years, my focus has been on the global dynamics of Newton's method, the general theory of meromorphic maps and  applications to mathematical biology.

        Key words

        Dynamical systems, iteration, complex variable, Julia set, Fatou set, fractal geometry, bifurcations, chaos

        ORCID

        0000-0002-5466-0579

        Resercher ID

        D-4403-2014
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        @GFranzesePhD on Twitter

        Franzese, Giancarlo

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Física de la Materia Condensada

        Giancarlo Franzese leads the Statistical Physics of Complex Matter group at UB. Ph.D. in Physics with honors, Associate Researcher at several universities (Rome, Boston, Naples), Visiting Professor at prestigious institutions (Boston, Cambridge, Dublin, Beijing, Porto Alegre), he arrived at Barcelona as Ramon y Cajal Researcher and became Tenured Professor in 2008 (Accredited as Full Professor since 2012). Member of the Steering Committee and the Outreach Commission of the UB Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-IN2UB,  of the International Advisory Board of the European Molecular Liquids Group, he won several prizes (CNR 2000, UB 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry-UK 2012, Campania-Felix 2016) and scientific journals Covers (2007, 2020). He ranks within the Top Scientists in Spain and Italy in Multidisciplinary Physics and gave more than 120 Invited Talks, with more than 100 publications (with 2 Highly Cited Papers in Supercooled Water and 3 in Physics).

        Research interest

        Giancarlo Franzese develops a multi-scale approach for hydrated NanoBioSystems under realistic conditions (e.g., nanoparticles and protein solutions at physiological conditions over time-scales up to hours). His group combines atomistic simulations of hydrated bio-interfaces (e.g., proteins or membranes) and nano-interfaces (e.g., nanoparticles and nanomaterials) with coarse-grain models for protein folding and design, protein adsorption, aggregation and crystallization, confined complex liquids, and hydrated nano-systems. He collaborates with several experimental groups worldwide. Together they try to find answers for fundamental questions (Why water is so important for life? Which properties make water unique for biological processes?) and applications (What makes a nanoparticle safe-by-design? Can we control protein-aggregations in neurodegenerative diseases? How can we develop NanoMedicine against cancer? How can we improve nano-theranostics?). More about on Twitter @GFranzesePhD.

        Key words

        Biological Physics. Biological Water. Bio-Nano Interactions. Protein Folding. Protein Design. Self-Assembly. Complex Liquids. Soft Matter.

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0003-3006-2766

        Resercher ID

        A-9655-2009
      • Garcia-Ojalvo, Jordi UPF - 2009, 2014, 2019
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        Garcia-Ojalvo, Jordi

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

        Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo obtained his PhD in statistical physics at the University of Barcelona in 1995. He did postdoctoral work at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1996, working on laser dynamics, and at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1998 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, studying noise effects in excitable media and neuronal systems. In 2003 he was IGERT Visiting Professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, at which time he began working in the field of systems biology. In 2008 he became Full Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, where he had been teaching applied physics since 1991. He is Visiting Research Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology since 2006, and joined the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) as Full Professor in October 2012, where he leads the laboratory of Dynamical Systems Biology at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences.

        Research interest

        The long-term goal of my lab is to understand how the behavior of living systems (specifically cells and tissues) emerges from the interactions among their components (genes and proteins within cells, and cells within tissues). To pursue that goal, we use the inherently nonlinear and dynamical character of biological systems, both deterministic and stochastic, as a constraint to identify the operating principles through which living matter self-organizes in space and time. Our work involves a close interplay between experimental observations and theoretical/computational approaches coming from statistical and nonlinear physics. The phenomena that we study include the coordination of dynamical processes in single cells, the origins and effects of randomness and heterogeneity in cellular behavior, and the response of cells and organs (such as the brain) to time-varying environments. The organisms studied range from bacteria to humans.

        Key words

        Nonlinear and statistical physics, systems biology, systems neuroscience, complex systems

        ORCID

        0000-0002-3716-7520

        Resercher ID

        A-4574-2009
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        Guardia Munarriz, Marcel

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Matemàtiques

        Marcel Guàrdia (PhD in Applied Mathematics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2010) is Associate Professor (Professor Agregat) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He has held postdoctoral positions in the Pennsylvania State University, the Fields Institute (Toronto), the University of Maryland, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and Université de Paris 7 – Denis Diderot.

        Marcel Guàrdia has published 15 papers including articles at Inventiones Mathematicae, Journal of the European Mathematical Society, Advances in Mathematics and Communications in Mathematical Physics. In 2015, he received the first Barcelona Dynamical Systems Prize. In 2017 he obtained an ERC Starting grant.

        Research interest

        Marcel Guardia's research is focused on the dynamics of Hamiltonian systems. In particular on the analysis of the unstable and chaotic motions these systems may possess. He has worked in Celestial Mechanics, where he has studied different type of behaviors such oscillatory motions, drift along resonances, stochastic behavior, non-integrability, Smale horseshoes, etc.

        He also works in Hamiltonian Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) such as the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, which can be seen as infinite dimensional Hamiltonian systems. In these models he studies transfer of energy behaviors and also different homoclinic phenomena (solitons, breathers).

        Key words

        Hamiltonian Systems, Celestial Mechanics, Hamiltonian Partial Differential Equations, Arnol'd diffusion, Exponentially small phenomena

        ORCID

        0000-0002-4802-3151

        Resercher ID

        G-6562-2015
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        Linares Prats, Cristina

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

        Cristina Linares (Eivissa, 1976) is Full professor at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences  at the University of Barcelona since 2020 and Researcher at the Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBio). After earned her PhD in 2006 at the UB, she did different research stages at renowned international centres such as the University of Santa Cruz (California, USA), Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille (France), ARC Centre for Excellence of Coral Reef studies (Townsville, Australia) and the University of Hawaii (Manoa, USA). During this period, she was funded by several competitive fellows from the Spanish Government. Finally, in 2012 with Ramon y Cajal fellow and since 2017 as Associate Professor, she set up her own research group working in the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems, where she has supervised 8 PhD students. Her research gorup is currently composed of 4 postdocs, 2 PhD students and a number of MSc and undergrad students

        Research interest

        Her research interests mainly focused on understanding the responses of marine benthic ecosystems to global change. Her research is highly collaborative and combines long-term series data, experimental studies using in situ and aquaria experiments as well as modeling tools.  Most of the results derived from hre research activity intended to contribute to the conservation of marine ecosystems and this is reflected in several activities of knowledge transfer to national and international entities and public administrations.

        Key words

        Marine Ecology, Conservation Biology, Global Change, Marine Protected Areas,

        ORCID

        0000-0003-3855-2743

        Resercher ID

        A-5244-2018
      • Martínez Vilalta, Jordi UAB - 2014, 2020
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        Martínez Vilalta, Jordi

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Biologia Animal, Vegetal i Ecologia / CREAF

        Jordi Martínez Vilalta is Senior Lecturer (Professor Agregat) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and researcher at the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF). He graduated in Environmental Sciences at UAB in 1997 and obtained his PhD (2001) at the same university. He moved to the University of Edinburgh (UK) as a postdoctoral researcher and became an Honorary Research Fellow at this university in 2005. He has coauthored more than 100 publications in peer reviewed international journals and two books (‘Ecología con números’ (2006), a textbook; and ‘Un planeta a la deriva’ (2011), a popular science book). He obtained a favorable assessment from the Program I3 (Spanish Ministry of Science and Education) in 2009 and received an ICREA Academia in 2014.

        Research interest

        His main area of research is forest functional ecology, at the interface between biology and Earth sciences. His work combines different approaches (observational, experimental, modelling) and scales (from individual organisms to global) to study forest function and dynamics in response to drought and other environmental stress factors. In particular, his current research aims at (1) understanding fundamental aspects of the water and carbon economy of plants; and (2) producing a set of usable criteria to determine what forests are more vulnerable under different climate change scenarios and how the ecosystem services they provide to society are likely to be impacted.

        Key words

        Drought, forest ecology, functional traits, global change, long-distance transport in plants

        ORCID

        0000-0002-2332-7298

        Resercher ID

        D-3385-2014
      • Martinez Vilalta, Jordi UAB - 2014, 2020
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        Jordi Martínez Vilalta

        Martinez Vilalta, Jordi

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dpt. Biologia Animal, Biologia Vegetal i Ecologia / CREAF

        Jordi Martínez Vilalta is professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and researcher at CREAF. He graduated in Environmental Sciences at UAB in 1997 and obtained his PhD (2001) at the same university. He then moved to the University of Edinburgh (UK) as a postdoctoral researcher and became an Honorary Research Fellow at this university in 2005, when he took a lecturer position at UAB. He has supervised 11 PhD theses, has published more than 150 scientific publications, most of them in international peer-reviewed journals, and has coauthored two books (‘Ecología con números’ (2006), a textbook; and ‘Un planeta a la deriva’ (2011), a popular science book). He is considered ‘highly cited’ in plant and animal sciences since 2018 (Clarivate Analytics), and obtained ICREA Academia awards in 2014 and 2020.

        Research interest

        His main area of research is forest functional ecology, at the interface between biology and Earth sciences. His work combines different scales and approaches (observational, experimental, modelling, big data approaches using large datasets) to understand how forests function and how they, and the ecosystem services they provide, are affected by environmental changes. In particular, his current research focuses on (1) understanding fundamental aspects of the water and carbon economy of plants, with a focus on long-distance water transport; (2) characterizing how plant functional traits vary and coordinate in space and time and how they can be integrated to define synthetic axes of plant resource use; and (3) improving our capacity to predict how warmer and drier climates will change forest function and dynamics.

        Key words

        drought, forest ecology, functional traits, global change, long-distance transport in plants

        ORCID

        0000-0002-2332-7298

        Resercher ID

        D-3385-2014
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        Martinez-Seara Alonso, M. Teresa

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Matemàtiques

        Tere M-Seara (PhD. Mathematics, U. Barcelona, 1991) is full professor at the Dpt. de matemàtiques of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She is the leader of the UPC Dynamical Systems group, formed by more than 20 researchers (https://dynamicalsystems.upc.edu/en) working on theoretical and computer aspects of finite and infinite Dynamical Systems, with focus on Celestial Mechanics and mathematical Neuroscience. She has supervised 9 PhD. students. In 2015, she received the first Barcelona Dynamical Systems Prize and in the fall of 2018 she hold an Eisenbud Professorship (Simons Foundation) at MSRI (U. Berkeley).

        She belongs to the editorial board of Nonlinearity, SIADS, NOdea; SEMA-SIMAI Springer series  and has published about 60 papers including articles in the journals: Adv. Math., Comm. Math. Phys, Comm. Pure and Applied Math., Inventiones Mathematicae, J. of Differential Equations, J. of Nonlinear Science, Memoirs of the A.M.S.

        Research interest

        Tere M-Seara works in Dynamical Systems, in analytical tools to study their global dynamics. She has stability results: conditions to guarantee that the orbits remain in some compact set, but mainly instability ones  also known as Arnold diffusion.

        Her works developed two tools which have been widely used in the area of Arnold Diffusion: the study of normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds and the theory of the "scatering map".

        She also works in a rigourous approach to singular perturbation theory: developing methods which allow to measure exponentially small phenomena which are relevant in the study of the global dynamics of a system like the exponentially small splitting of separatrices, one of the main phenomena producing chaos.

        She has one of the few results proving the existence of Oscillatory Motions in several models of Celestial Mechanics.

        Key words

        Dynamical Systems, Singular Pertubation Theory, Exponentially Small Phenomena, Invariant Manifolds, Arnold diffusion, Celestial mechanics, Nonsmooth Systems

        ORCID

        0000-0001-8421-8717

        Resercher ID

        G-1702-2015
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        Matias Espona, Joaquim

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Física

        Joaquim Matias Espona (Barcelona,1967) is Full Professor at UAB since 2018. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1995 at UB. He spent five years as postdoctoral researcher at Dipartimento di Fisica Galileo Galilei di Padova (1995-1997), SISSA (1997), TH-Division at CERN (1997-1999) under a Marie Curie fellowship and ITP (Aachen) in 2000. He was also awarded an RyC, an I3 and an Explora Project. He has been appointed as an Expert for the Research European Agency (from 7th Framework to Horizon 2020) and ERC, also SNSF (Switzerland), UK Research Council, ANR (France) and FWF (Austria). He is Scientific Guarantor of IFAE’s Severo Ochoa, author of 91 publications with h=40 and an average of +150 citations/published paper since 2012. He is author of the two most cited papers (+180 each, no reports) in the last four years of the UAB TH-Division. He gave +100 talks, organized 9 conferences and published outreach at IyC and Inference. 

        Research interest

        Uncovering the first properties of the fundamental theory that will supersede the SM of particles constitutes the main goal of his research. He has been a main contributor to the highly successful Flavour Physics program, a field at the forefront of particle physics in the search for New Physics. He is interested in testing the Flavour Precision Frontier that gives us access to energy scales not accessible to direct probes. His research on rare B meson decays is contributing to an exceptionally exciting period concerning what is called “flavor anomalies”. The outcome of his work has pointed out some of the most promising evidences of New Physics found at LHC up to now. Intensive theoretical and experimental work is ongoing to confirm/disprove these indications. He is focused on exploring the limits of the SM to answer the questions left open by this theory using the forthcoming results of the LHCb and Belle II experiments and those of the high-luminosity phase at LHC.

        Key words

        Theoretical Particle Physics, Flavour Physics, Rare B decays, New Physics.
      • Miranda, Eva UPC - 2016
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        Miranda, Eva

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Matemàtiques

        Eva Miranda is a Full professor at UPC, chercheur afflilié at Observatoire de Paris and member of CRM and IMTech. She is director of the Lab of Geometry and Dynamical Systems. She has been recipient of Marie Curie and Juan de la Cierva grants and honorary member at CSIC-ICMAT.  Miranda has been invited professor at U. de Toulouse,  MIT,  U.de Paris 6 and 7, Observatoire de Paris and MSRI. Since 2018 she is member of the Governing Board of BGSMath and since 2020  she is member of the Board of Trustees at Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris) as personnalité extérieure. She has published over 50 articles including  Ann. Sci. Éc. Norm. Supér. (4), Adv. Math., J. Math. Pures Appl. (9) and Comm. Math. Phys. She has supervised 9 Ph.D. theses. In 2017 she was awarded a Chaire d'Excellence of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris. Miranda has been plenary speaker in the top workshops in her field. She is invited speaker at the 8th European Congress of Mathematicians.

        Research interest

        Miranda's research is at the crossroads of Differential Geometry, Mathematical Physics and Dynamical Systems. She works with objects appearing on the interface of Geometry and Physics such as integrable systems and group actions acquainting for symmetries of the systems.  She is particularly interested in building bridges between different areas such as Geometry, Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Physics and, more recently, Fluid Dynamics.

        In 2009 she started the study of "b-Poisson" manifolds which model some classical problems in Celestial Mechanics such as the 3-body problem.  Miranda aims at contributing to long-standing problems for these classical systems by combining techniques from different sources such as Symplectic Topology, Dynamics and Poisson Geometry. Among her recent highlights are the quantization of b-symplectic manifolds, the singular Weinstein conjecture and the universality and Turing completeness of Euler flows connected to the Navier-Stokes problem.

        Key words

        Differential Geometry, Symplectic Geometry, Poisson Geometry, Hamiltonian Dynamics, integrable systems, moment maps, singularities, normal forms, Beltrami vector field, contact manifold, Reeb vector field

        ORCID

        0000-0001-9518-5279

        Resercher ID

        L-4261-2014
      • Orozco López, Modesto UB - 2011, 2018
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        ICREA Academia 2011 & 2018            University of Barcelona - IRB Barcelona

        Orozco López, Modesto

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Fundació Privada Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (IRB Barcelona)

        Modesto Orozco was born in Barcelona in 1962, obtained BS in Chemistry (1985), MS in Biochemistry (1988) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (1990) at the University of Barcelona. Assistant Professor (1989), Professor (1991) and Full Professor (2001) at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona. He was visiting professor at Yale University 1991-1993. Since 2004 he is Group Leader at the Institut for Research in Biomedicine, since 2005 Director of the Life Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, from 2006-2013 was the director of the Joint IRB-BSC Program on Computational Biology, and since 2014 director of the Joint BSC-CRG-IRB Program on Computational Biology. Director Integrative Research Nodes. IRB Barcelona.

         

         

        Research interest

        Our main interest is to understand living organisms by means of the basic rules of physics. We use then tools of theoretical physics and computational chemistry and biology to understand the basic principles of life. Areas were we are especially active include: i) mining of genomic information to link genotypic changes and pathologies for personalized medicine, ii) connection of physical properties of DNA with chromatin structure and genomic regulation, and iii) study of the dynamic of proteins and the mechanism of information transfer in macromolecules.

        Key words

        Computational chemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, molecular modeling

        ORCID

        0000-0002-8608-3278
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        Ignacio Pagonabarraga

        Pagonabarraga Mora, Ignacio

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Fisica Fonamental
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        Ignacio Pagonabarraga is full professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Univ. de Barcelona (UB) since 2011, where he had been appointed associate professor in 2001. He obtained his PhD in Physics at UB (1995). He performed post-doctoral stays at Institute AMOLF (1996-98), the Univ. of Edinburgh (1999-2000), and has been visiting professor at different european universities. He has co-authored more than 140 scientific publications in major peer reviewed journals including Science, Nature Materials, PNAS and Physical Review Letters. He was awarded with the Catalan Distinction for the Promotion of University Research for Young Scientists (2004). Member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals and has served in the scientific committee of numerous international conferences. In 2011 he obtained the Outstanding Referee award of the American Phys. Soc. He is the spanish representative in the Council of the european institution CECAM, and is member of PRACE SSC.

        Research interest

        His research interests cus in the physics of soft matter and the understanding of emerging structures and phases in these sytems, both in and out of equilibrium. His research aims at the theoretical knowledge of the collective behaviour of complex physico-chemical systems. He has studied the mechanical properties of granular materials, the electrokinetics of complex and confined systems, the stability of capillary and confined fluid mixtures, and the physics of microswimmers. He has developed and exploited novel mesosocopic methods to analyze the dynamics of soft materials and has benefited from supercoputing facilities, such as MareNostrum. Currently he is also interested in the study of biologically inspired systems, such as active matter or the physics of molecular motors. He has been invited professor at Paris-Sud University (2002), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (2003), University of Edinburgh (2005) and TU Berlin (2010). He has supervised 8 PhD theses.

        Key words

        Soft matter, active fluids, colloidal systems, capillarity, granular materials
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        Poater Teixidor, Albert

        Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi/Departament de Química

        Dr. Albert Poater studied chemistry at the University of Girona (UdG), where he graduated in 2001. After experimental work with Prof. Antoni Llobet, the computational PhD thesis was defended in 2006, supervised by Profs. Miquel Duran and Miquel Solà, being focused on the catalysis of Ru-compounds, activation of O2 and CH/CC bonds.

        In 2007 a postdoc started with Prof. Luigi Cavallo at the Università di Salerno deepened into the olefin metathesis. In 2010 he joined the Institut Català de Recerca de l’Aigua as Ramón y Cajal, and 2 years later transferred to UdG, in parallel with stays at KAUST of Saudi Arabia (over 8 years abroad). Since 2019, he holds a permanent position as Associate Professor in UdG, and serves as director of the Master MACMoM. He was awarded with the ICREA Academia Prize 2019.

        Dr. Poater is co-author of over 190 papers, highlighting 1 Nat. Chem., 14 J. Am. Chem. Soc., 7 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 6 ACS Catal. In total they count with 5900 citations, with h = 44.

        Research interest

        My research interests have been focused on two main topics: understanding the mechanism involving mainly organometallic steps; and study of new tools that might rationalize or put in order by means of descriptors the catalytic performance.

        The computational research has been carried out by DFT. The main topics where I have centered my efforts include olefin metathesis by Ru-based catalysts or gold chemistry to undertake organometallic reactions, and currently switching to green chemistry to remove and/or not generate CO2: either water oxidation catalysis or alcohol transformation to aldehydes with generation of H2 as energy source.

        Although more than half of my computational projects tried to give insight to experimental issues, another precious part tries to make a step forward, in terms of prediction of reactivity, generating computational tools that are user friendly for experimentalists, like web servers to define sterics of ligands.

         

        Key words

        catalysis, organometallic chemistry, DFT calculations, pharmaceutical industry, green chemistry

        ORCID

        0000-0002-8997-2599

        Resercher ID

        D-6586-2013
      • Ribas Salamaña, Xavi UdG - 2010, 2015, 2020
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        Xavi Ribas Salamaña

        Ribas Salamaña, Xavi

        Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) i Departament de Química

        I graduated in Chemistry at the University of Girona in 1996. Then I started my PhD studies at UdG on bioinorganic and organometallic redox chemistry of copper and I obtained my PhD in 2001. I performed two pre-doctoral research-stays at Univ. Basel with Prof. Zuberbühler and at Stanford Univ. with Prof. Stack. Then, I performed my Post-doctoral studies (2002-2004) at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (CSIC-Spain). I returned to UdG in 2005 with a Juan de la Cierva contract and became an independent group leader in Nov 2006. I’ve been awarded with an ERC-Starting Grant in 2011 and an ERC-Proof of Concept Grant in 2015. Moreover, I obtained three consecutive projects from MINECO in 2013, 2016 and 2019. I’ve been awarded with three ICREA-Acadèmia prizes in 2010, 2015 and 2020. In 2018 I was awarded with the Premio a la Excelencia Investigadora RSEQ 2018. My work has been published in 130 articles (H = 45).

         

        Research interest

        Research in the PI’s group swings among three main projects; a) C-H and C-F activation and functionalization of arenes through organometallic species (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ag, Au), b) Supramolecular nanocapsules for the regioselective functionalization of fullerenes and c) (Enantio)selective catalysis at the confined space. 

        a) C-H and C-F activation and functionalization of arenes through organometallic species have resulted in a number of studies involving fundamental comprehension of these reactions, involving aryl-Co(III), aryl-Ni(II), aryl-Cu(III), aryl-Ag(III) and aryl-Au(III) species in model platforms. 

        b) In the supramolecular chemistry project, cutting-edge advances have been done by the PI research team in fullerene recognition and purification, as well as in fullerene regio-functionalization using self-assembled nanocapsules as supramolecular masks. 

        c) Development of enantioselective catalysis at the confined space of nanocapsules.

         

        Key words

        Supramolecular self-assembled nanocapsules, Supramolecular purification of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes (EMF), Regioselective functionalization of confined fullerenes, Earth-abundant Metal C-H and C-F functionalization catalysis

        ORCID

        0000-0002-2850-4409

        Resercher ID

        F-3945-2014
      • Ritort, Fèlix UB - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Ritort, Fèlix

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Fisica de la Materia Condensada

        Dr. Felix Ritort got his PhD in 1991 in spin glasses. Since then he has made  contributions to the field of disordered systems and nonequilibrium physics. In  2002 he made a turn in his career working in single-molecule biophysics to investigate energy processes in the molecular world. Ritort’s group is recognized worldwide as leader in applying the finest and most powerful methods to extract accurate quantitative information about thermodynamics and kinetics of molecular interactions in nucleic acids and proteins. He has been awarded several prizes for his research: Distinció de la Generalitat de Catalunya in 2001 for his research during the years 1991-2000; ICREA Academia Awards 2008,2013,2018 for his research as scholar at the University of Barcelona; Premio Bruker 2013 from the Sociedad de Biofísica de España for his contributions to molecular biophysics research in Spain. He is chair of the Division of Physics for Life Sciences of the European Physical Society.

        Research interest

        The Small Biosystems Lab is a worldwide reference in the research of the thermodynamics and kinetics of biophysical processes at the single molecule level using laser tweezers, a fabolous playground to explore nonequilibrium physics at the nanoscale. Recently we have started a new line of research based on single molecule translocation electrical measurements across nanocapillars.This setup combined with optical tweezers allows for controlled molecular translocation through electrical and force measurements, offering a powerful tool for single molecule sequencing. I also emphasize my interests in measuring information content in nonequilibrium processes and heterogeneous molecular ensembles, a field that aims to explain biological evolution from physical principles. I also carry out a spin off activity that consists in building optical tweezers instruments for universities and instittutes in a novel scientific collaborative framework.

        Key words

        Statistical physics, Molecular biophysics

        ORCID

        0000-0002-4869-5003
      • Rotger, Victor UPC - 2019
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        Rotger, Victor

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Matematiques

        Ph.D obtained in 2003 at Universitat de Barcelona under the supervision of prof. Pilar Bayer. Associate professor at UPC since 2005; full professor since 2018. Long research stays at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bombay), McGill University (Montréal), Humboldt University (Berlin), Aristotle University (Salonika). ERC Consolidator Grant 2016-2022.

        Research interest

        In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute established seven Prize Problems, conceived to record some of the most important problems with which mathematicians were grappling at the turn of the second millennium. One of these problems is the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer (BSD) on the arithmetic of elliptic curves. My research is devoted to this question and generalizations of it within the scenario provided by the Langlands program, due to Stark for Artin representations and to Beilinson, Bloch and Kato for arbitrary motives.

        I have been working on proving new cases of the BSD Conjecture (posed in 1965), the Bloch-Kato conjecture (1990), Darmon’s conjecture on Stark-Heegner points (1999), the elliptic Stark conjecture (2015), Venkatesh’s conjecture (2018) among other outstanding problems. I have also built new research directions on  Euler systems and the p-adic Kudla program.

        Key words

        Shimura varieties, Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, Elliptic curves, L-functions, Motivic Cohomology

        ORCID

        0000-0002-5293-4425

        Resercher ID

        A-1732-2019
      • Sala Román, Xavier UAB - 2020
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        Xavier Sala

        Sala Román, Xavier

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Chemistry

        Xavier Sala (Sant Feliu de Guíxols, 1979) graduated in chemistry at UdG and obtained his PhD degree in 2007. He then moved to the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) for post-doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. P. W. N. M. van Leeuwen and in 2008 was appointed scientific group coordinator in Prof. A. Llobet’s group at ICIQ. After a third post-doctoral stay at IRTA he was appointed lecturer in chemistry at UAB in 2010 where he became associate professor in 2018. Since 2011, he leads the Selective Oxidation Catalysis (SelOxCat) research group. He obtained 3 consecutive projects from MINECO and MICINN in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He has co-authored over 80 research papers (h-index 29) and has been visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley and Invited Professor at the LCC-CNRS and University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He was awarded the ICREA Academia Prize 2020.

        Research interest

        Energy, catalyis and environment are related issues with important socio-economic output. My reserach in artificial photosynthesis is focused on the study, comprehension and development of the key reactions involved in the cost-efficient renewable production of H2 and liquid carbon-neutral fuels from CO2.The SelOxCat group tackles this major issue from two different perspectives:  

        - Nanoscaled molecular-material hybrid (photo)electrocatalysts: tailored  design of tunable metal/metal-oxide based molecular-material hybrids to understand the fundamental principles that dictate selectivity, efficiency and durability.

        - Molecular-based (photo)electrodes: novel catalyst-electrode interfaces to boost current densities and long-term stabilities enabling their inclusion in practical photoelectrochemical (PEC) devices. 

         

        Key words

        Redox Catalysis, Energy, Artificial Photosynthesis, Water Splitting, Hydrogen, Nanocatalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis

        ORCID

        0000-0002-7779-6313

        Resercher ID

        N-7363-2013
      • Tierno, Pietro UB - 2018
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        Tierno, Pietro

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada

        Associate Professor at the Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada,
        Universitat de Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)
        2011 – 2016 “Ramon y Cajal” researcher, University of Barcelona, Spain.
        2008 – 2011 Post-doc: University of Barcelona, Spain
        2006 – 2008 Post-doc: Florida State University, USA
        2003 – 2006 Ph.D.: University of Ulm, Germany
        2002 – 2003 Predoctoral Marie Curie fellowship
        B.S.: University of Napoli, Italy

        Research interest

        My research experience involves experimental and theoretical approaches to scientific inquiry fundamental processes occurring in Soft Matter systems, including colloids, monolayers, polymers and liquid crystals. In the last 5 years, I built up a research group focused on developing new approaches to manipulate, transport and assemble colloidal matter with external fields. Besides the basic advances, my research lead to new applications in emerging technologies like micro-fluidics and drug-delivery in lab-on-a-chips.

        Key words

        Soft Matter, Colloids, Magnetism, Microfluidics

        ORCID

        0000-0002-0813-8683

        Resercher ID

        C-7468-2011
      • Alarcon, Eduard UPC - 2018
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        Eduard Alarcón

        Alarcon, Eduard

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Electronic Engineering

        Eduard Alarcón is a professor, research scientist and student mentor at UPC BarcelonaTech, his alma mater, where he graduated MSc -national award-, and PhD in 1999. He is faculty of Telecommunication Engineering at UPC, where he was Associate Dean of International Affairs and is CFIS adjunct. Invited professor at KTH and CU Boulder. His cooperative research has resulted in 500 co-authored scientific publications, 35 international invited lectures, 7 books and 12 patents in the scientific fields of on-chip energy management, nanosatellites and satellite architectures for EO, nanotechnology-enabled graphene wireless communications, and AI and Quantum processor architectures, areas in which he has participated in EU FET Open (3), H2020 Space, DARPA, NSF, NASA and ESA projects and awards with companies as Intel, Samsung and Google. Service includes EiC of IEEE JETCAS, General Chair of IEEE ISCAS 2020, Vice President IEEE CAS, and Vice President of Quantum Computing ThinkTank

        Research interest

        The overarching research vision can be synthesized as "Designing Complexity in Systems Interplaying Communications and Computing”. The pursuit is to crystallize a design methodology for systems with extreme complexity, including communication and computing functions with limited energy resources, of large scale, distributed architectures, heterogeneous components and strict system-wide performance attributes, through emergent technologies of communications, computing and processing. The need of structured design methodologies for systems of increasing complexity requires vertical crosslayer model-based approaches including AI surrogates. The aim is to instantiate this methodology of complex system design with resilient, evolvable and robust attributes to both future spacecraft architectures, and to future domain-specific computing platforms with built-in advanced wireless communications, encompassing Graph Neural Networks co-processors and Quantum Computing architectures.

        Key words

        Wireless on-chip. Artificial Intelligence co-processors chips: Graph Neural Networks and In-memory computing. Quantum computing architectures. Nanosatellite constellation design. Energy-constrained design.

        ORCID

        0000-0001-7663-7153

        Resercher ID

        Eduard Alarcon
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        Arias Vicente, Irene

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

        After a BS/MS Civil Engineering studies at UPC, Irene Arias was granted a BSCH/Fulbright fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree with Prof. Achenbach at Northwestern University (USA) focusing on mathematical and computational modelling of nondestructive evaluation techniques. Right after graduation, she expanded her background in computational mechanics and materials modelling as a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Ortiz at Caltech. After joining the UPC faculty in 2004, she established a research program in modelling and simulation of active materials, funded by a Marie Curie International Reincorporation Grant and the Spanish Government. In 2015, she obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council devoted to enabling flexoelectric engineering through
modelling and simulation. 

        Research interest

        Her goal is to develop mathematical models and advanced simulation techniques to enable the conception and design of new materials and devices for electromechanical transduction. Recently, she became intrigued by a fairly unknown
mechanism of electromechanical transduction at the nanoscale, namely flexoelectricity. This mechanism, quite different from piezoelectricity and far less understood, is responsible for the generation of electric fields in any dielectric upon bending. Contrary to piezoelectricity, it is not restricted to a particular class of materials. Thus it broadens the class of materials used for electro-mechanical transduction, which could enable affordable, biocompatible and self-powered small-scale electromechanical transducers. However, there are fundamental open questions in the field of flexoelectricity, some of which she is trying to address through modelling and simulation.

        Key words

        Flexoelectricity, computational mechanics, mechanics of materials, multifunctional metamaterials, electromechanical modeling of solids, multiscale material modeling, ferroelectric materials, materials design, fracture mechanics

        ORCID

        0000-0002-6761-3499

        Resercher ID

        B-1528-2014
      • Arroyo Balaguer, Marino UPC - 2008, 2015, 2020
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        Marino Arroyo Balaguer

        Arroyo Balaguer, Marino

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Dept. Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental

        Marino Arroyo obtained a BS/MS in Civil Engineering at UPC and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2003. After a postdoctoral stay at Caltech, he joined the UPC in 2005, where he is full professor since June 2017. He is also associated to the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC) and the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE). He has published over 85 papers in diverse fields such as mathematical and computational modeling, solid mechanics, soft matter, biophysics or mechanobiology. He has received the ASME/BOEING Structures and Materials Award, the Zienkiewicz Young Scientist Award by ECCOMAS, the 2020 Fellows Award by IACM, he was the Timoshenko Visiting Scholar at Stanford, and was a visiting professor at UPMC in Paris. He obtained an ERC Starting grant and a Consolidator grant. He has advised 10 completed PhD theses and 13 postdoctoral researchers.

        Research interest

        Dr Arroyo’s research aims to develop theoretical and computational models for the mechanobiology biological interfaces, cells and tissues, with the goal of quantitatively understanding these systems, rationally manipulating active living materials and engineering new bionic materials. Together with an interdisciplinary group, he combines mathematical and physical modeling, mechanics and computations in tight interaction with quantitative observation to understand out-of-equilibrium chemo-mechanical phenomena associated with mechanical biological functions, including motility, morphogenesis and homeostasis. He is also interested in distilling the engineering principles underlying biological system to conceive and build bio-inspired devices and materials.

         

        Key words

        Computational mechanics, theoretical and applied mechanics, 2D materials, mechanobiology, biophysics, biomembranes, multiscale modeling

        ORCID

        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1647-940X

        Resercher ID

        B-5696-2008
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        Cabellos Aparicio, Albert

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Computer Architecture

        Albert Cabellos (PhD 2008) became an associate professor in 2015 at the Computer Architecture Department (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). He is the co-founder of the Barcelona Neural Networking (https://bnn.upc.edu/) and the NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya (https://www.n3cat.upc.edu/) . He has also founded the Open Overlay Router (http://openoverlayrouter.org) along with Cisco. He has been a visiting researcher at Cisco Systems and Agilent Technologies and a visiting professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UC Berkeley. He has participated in several national (Cicyt), EU (FP7 and H2020), USA (NSF) and industrial projects. He has given more than 20 invited talks, participated in several IETF RFCs, co-authored more than 60 journal and over 100 conference papers. His main research interests are on graph neural networks for industrial and communication infrastructures.

        Research interest

        Albert’s main research interests are in the field of Computer Networks. Currently networks are evolving from a hardware-centric industry, where networks are fast but static and inefficient, to a software-centric field where networks will become flexible and programmable. Taking advantage of this ongoing evolution, Albert’s main research goal is to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to computer networks. By means of AI algorithms networks will be able to be deployed, operated and maintained truly autonomously. Such ‘intelligent’ networks will allow an unprecedented level of security and efficiency. This new paradigm is referred as ‘Knowledge-Defined Networking’.

        Key words

        Computer Networks, Software-Defined Networking, Knowledge-Defined Networking, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
      • Cabeza Fabra, Luisa Fernanda UdL - 2012, 2018
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        Cabeza Fabra, Luisa Fernanda

        Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · INFORMÀTICA I ENGINYERIA INDUSTRIAL

        Luisa F. Cabeza (Barcelona, 1967) is Full Professor of the program Serra Húnter at the University of Lleida. She graduated at Institut Químic de Sarrià (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona) on Chemical Engineering in 1992 and on Industrial Engineering in 1993, obtained the Master on Industrial Management in 1995, and her PhD on Industrial Engineering in 1996. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the USDA, ERRC in Philadelphia from 1996 to 1998, and in 1999 she joined the University of Lleida were she created the research group GREA. She has authored more than 350 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters. She is very active in different international forums such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the RHC Renewable Heating & Cooling - European Technology Platform, and the PPP SPIRE.

        Research interest

        The period 2013-2017 I enjoyed an ICREA Academia grant, giving me more time to devote to research and supervising researchers (master students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows). Following my research plans, I started to work on thermochemical energy storage, not leaving at all also the research with sensible heat storage and latent heat storage. In the area of thermochemical energy storage, I have worked on the development of the technology of sorption for heating and cooling of buildings. In this area, I have co-authored different journal papers, I am co-supervising a PhD student, and I participate in three H2020 projects, showing the success in being recognized as expert on the topic already today.

         

        Key words

        energy, heat transfer, solar energy, thermodynamics, thermal energy storage, energy efficiency

        ORCID

        0000-0001-5086-872X

        Resercher ID

        B-4587-2013
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        Cristina Canal Barnils

        Canal Barnils, Cristina

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Ciència i Enginyeria de Materials, Escola d'Enginyeria de Barcelona Est

        Cristina Canal obtained a BS in Chemistry at UAB, a MS in Drug Research at UB, and carried out her PhD in CSIC in Textile Engineering (UPC, 2006). After postdoctoral stages at the Laboratoire Plasmas et Conversion d’Energie (CNRS) and at the Faculty of Pharmacy (UB), she joined the Department of Materials Science at UPC in 2010. Formerly Ramon y Cajal Fellow, is Associate Professor since 2019. She is Research Deputy Director at the Center for Research in Biomedical Engineering (CREB|UPC). She has published over 70 papers in diverse fields related to surface modification of textiles and biomaterials with cold plasmas, bone tissue regeneration, drug delivery and plasma medicine. In these fields she has advised 7 completed PhD Thesis & 7 postdoctoral researchers. Among others, she has received the 2018 Early Career Award in Plasma Medicine and the L’Oreal-Unesco for Young women in science (2011) awards. She has been PI in different competitive projects, among them an ERC Starting Grant. 

        Research interest

        Dr. Cristina Canal’s research aims at investigating cold atmospheric pressure plasmas and their interactions with liquids and biomaterials for therapeutic applications. Together with an interdisciplinary team, she aims at understanding the interactions and mechanisms beyond the interactions of reactive species from the gas phase with biomaterials in the liquid phase, and their biological outcomes, especially with regard to cancer therapies, ie. osteosarcoma.

        Key words

        cold plasma; biomaterials; drug delivery; tissue regeneration; bone cancer ;

        ORCID

        0000-0002-3039-7462
      • Carrera, David UPC - 2015
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        Carrera, David

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Arquitectura de Computadors

        David Carrera received the MS degree at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2002 and his PhD from the same university in 2008. He is an associate professor at the Computer Aachitecture Department of the UPC. He is also the Head of the “Data-Centric Computing” group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). In 2015 he was granted an ERC Starting Grant for the project HiEST (‘Holistic Integration of Emerging Supercomputing Technologies’, 1.5M€, 2015-2020). In 2017 he was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept project for the project Hi-OMICS. He is the PI for several industrial projects and collaborations with IBM, Microsoft and Cisco among others. He was a summer intern in 2006 and a Visiting Scientist in 2012 at IBM Watson. He has been involved in several EU and industrial research projects. He received an IBM Faculty Award in 2010. He is an IEEE member.

        Research interest

        His current research work focuses on the several topics: Data Center Optimization: providing holistic optimization solutions for the optimization of Data Centers, including the use of Active Storage technologies. Big Data Frameworks: development of technologies for developing mechanisms for an automated characterization of Big Data deployments to explore how runtime performance is affected by software and hardware configuration choices. Internet of Things and Stream Processing: Explore novel architectures of the emerging IoT stream processing platforms, that provide the capabilities of data stream composition, transformation and filtering in real time. Applied Learning Methods: leverage learning Algorithms for guiding task and data placement algorithms for Data Center optimization. Data-Centric Architectures: Build hardware prototypes for accelerating data-centric workloads, leveraging NVMs, GPUs, and FGPAs.

        Key words

        Cloud Computing, Big Data, Performance Modeling, Workload Characterization, Active Storage

        ORCID

        0000-0003-4898-3424

        Resercher ID

        O-9848-2014
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        Chemisana Villegas, Daniel

        Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · Applied Physics Section of the Environmental Sci. Dept. / Polytechnic School

        Daniel Chemisana Villegas (Estadilla, 1982) is Full Professor of Applied Physics at the Escola Politècnica Superior of the Universitat de Lleida, where he leads the Dynamic Systems Applied to Solar Energy SGR research group.  In 2009 he received a PhD degree in the field of Building Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaics from the Applied Physics Section of the Environmental Science Department of the Universitat de Lleida. Since 2009, he has published 84 JCR papers and 10 book chapters. In addition, he holds 3 patents and has advised/is advising 13 PhD theses and 4 postdoctoral researchers.

        Research interest

        My research focuses on the combination of optics and photovoltaics to obtain more efficient ways of solar energy conversion in buildings. The cross-cutting goal is to promote nearly-zero energy buildings enhancing the utilization of solar energy by maximizing generation and/or illumination control of the interior spaces depending on building energetic and architectural requirements. To achieve this combined goal, and taking into consideration building integration issues, a trade-off methodology to figure the optimum global solutions out becomes essential.

        Key words

        Renewable Energies, Solar Energy, Concentrating Optics, Concentrating Photovoltaics, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal Solar Collectors

        ORCID

        0000-0002-6887-5204

        Resercher ID

        F-9759-2016
      • Codina Rovira, Ramon UPC - 2011, 2016
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        Codina Rovira, Ramon

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament d'enginyeria civil i ambiental

        Ramon Codina Rovira (Terrassa, 1965) is professor of Structural and Continuum Mechanics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). In 1989 he graduated in civil engineering from the same university and in mathematics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He got his doctoral degree from the UPC in 1992. He is author of over 130 papers in first rank research journals dealing with the analysis and application of numerical methods. He is also recipient of several awards, among which the Distinció de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la promoció de la recerca universitària (2000), the J.L. Lions Award to Young Scientists in Computational Mathematics, from the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (2000) and the Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (2004). He has participated in several research projects, including 22 projects from different calls of the European Commission (7 of them as PI).

        Research interest

        The research of Ramon Codina is concerned with the development and mathematical analysis of numerical methods in engineering and applied sciences, with emphasis on finite element methods in fluid mechanics. From the analysis point of view, he has significant contributions in areas such as stabilized finite element methods, fractional step techniques or moving domain problems. In the application of numerical formulations to flow problems, he has highly cited works in the field of turbulence (with an original purely numerical approach), free boundary problems, thermally coupled flows, magneto-hydrodynamics, fluid-structure interaction problems or aero-acoustics. This research has been often motivated by research projects funded by the European Commission.

        Key words

        Incompressible flows, finite element methods, stabilization, fractional step schemes, multi-physics problems.

        ORCID

        0000-0002-7412-778X

        Resercher ID

        I-2311-2014
      • Domingo Ferrer, Josep URV - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Domingo Ferrer, Josep

        Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Computer Engineering and Mathematics

        Josep Domingo-Ferrer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona.  UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy. M. Sc. (1988) and Ph. D. (1991) in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. M. Sc. in Mathematics.

        In 2018 he founded CYBERCAT-Center for Cybersecurity Research of Catalonia. ICREA Acadèmia Prize (2008, 2013 and 2018).  ACM Distinguished Scientist (2016). Fellow, Institut d'Estudis Catalans (2016). Google Faculty Research Award (2014). "Narcís Monturiol" Medal  (2012). Elected Member, Academia Europaea (2012) and International Statistical Institute (2012). Fellow of IEEE (2012).

        Full CV at http://crises-deim.urv.cat/jdomingo

        Research interest

        His primary research interests are in information security and privacy-enhancing technologies, in particular anonymization and statistical disclosure control. Furthermore, he also works on ethics-by-design cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. His work revolves around technologies to reconcile efficiency, security, privacy, transparency, explainability and other ethical values in the information society. 

        He has co-authored 5 patents and over 454 publications (H-index=61, Nov. 17, 2020). He has chaired 21 international conferences. He is a co-editor-in chief of "Transactions on Data Privacy" and an associate editor of several journals. He has co-ordinated the H2020 project "CLARUS", the CONSOLIDER "ARES team on security and privacy, the EU FP5 project "CO-ORTHOGONAL", the "CO-UTILITY" project (Templeton  Foundation), as well as several Spanish funded and U.S. funded research projects. He regularly engages in technology transfer to the IT industry. 

        Key words

        Data security, Data privacy, Cryptography, Official statistics

        ORCID

        0000-0001-7213-4962
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        Escalera Guerrero, Sergio

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept. of Mathematics and Informatics

        Sergio Escalera obtained the 2008 best Thesis award at UAB. He leads the Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis Group. He is Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, Universitat de Barcelona. He is an adjunct professor at UOC, Aalborg University, and Dalhousie University. He is member of the Computer Vision Center. He is series editor of The Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning. He is vice-president of ChaLearn Challenges in Machine Learning, leading ChaLearn Looking at People events. He is co-creator of Codalab open source platform for challenges organization. He is Fellow of the ELLIS European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, and Chair of IAPR TC-12: Multimedia and visual information systems. He has different patents and registered models. He has published more than 300 research papers. He received a CVPR best paper award nominee and a CVPR outstanding reviewer award. He has been General co-Chair of FG20.

        Research interest

        Affective computing, computer vision, and machine learning, with special interest in characterizing people: personality and psychological profile computing. The main objective of his research is to reproduce from a computational perspective the human visual system so that intelligent systems can, ethically, provide with automatic interpretations of human behaviour from visual data coming from non-invasive environments/setups. This research is grounded on multi-disciplinarity, combining knowledge from computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence (computer vision and machine learning) and psychology to translate psychological theories into computational models. As a result he created pioneer models, mainly based on deep learning, that allow to detect and analyse people in visual data: from human posture estimation, facial expression analysis, action/gesture/interaction recognition, to the automatic detection of feelings and personality profiles.

        Key words

        Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Human Posture Analysis, Human behavior Analysis, Action and Gesture Recognition, Convolutional Neural Networks, Emotion Recognition, Affective Computing, Personality Computing

        ORCID

        0000-0003-0617-8873

        Resercher ID

        L-2998-2015
      • Ginebra Molins, Maria Pau UPC - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Ginebra Molins, Maria Pau

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Materials Science and Engineering

        Maria Pau Ginebra is full professor at the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering of UPC, as well as Director of the Biomaterials Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group. She is an Associated Researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC). She has published more than 220 articles and 16 book chapters, and has edited 3 books. She has been visiting professor in several foreign Universities, such as Dankook University (Korea) and University of Minnesota (USA). She aims at translating her results to the clinics and industry, being the inventor of 10 patents. In 2013 she co-founded the spin-off company Mimetis Biomaterials, and in 2018 she was a finalist of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. She received the Narcís Monturiol Medal from the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2012, the Racquel LeGeros Award by the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine in 2013, and the Klaas de Groot Award by the European Society for Biomaterials in 2019.

        Research interest

        Her research is focused on the development of new biomaterials for tissue engineering and controlled drug release, with special emphasis in the musculoskeletal system. Her main goal is to exploit biomimetic strategies for the design of biomaterials for bone tissue engineering, inspired in the features of both the inorganic and the organic components of bone extracellular matrix. Specifically, her main challenges include understanding the role of the different material features in the cellular events leading to bone regeneration, with the aim of developing synthetic biomaterials able to integrate and trigger the physiological bone remodelling process. Furthermore, she explores new strategies of biofabrication, including injectable cements and foams, surface biofunctionalisation with multifunctional peptides and protein fragments and 3D printing of scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

        Key words

        Biomaterials for tissue engineering, biofunctional materials, drug delivery, bone regeneration, biomimetic materials, 3D printing of biomaterials, bioprinting, cell-material interactions, preclinical studies of biomaterials

        ORCID

        0000-0002-4700-5621

        Resercher ID

        J-8149-2017
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        Gómez Gutiérrez, Emilia

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

        Emilia Gómez is an Associate Professor (Serra-Húnter Fellow) at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where she leads the Music Information Research Lab at the Music Technology Group. She graduated as a Telecommunication Engineer at Universidad de Sevilla (1999) and studied piano performance at Seville Conservatoire of Music. She then received a DEA in Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science applied to Music at IRCAM, Paris (2000) and a PhD in Computer Science at the UPF (2006, awarded by EPSON foundation). She has been lecturer at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and visiting researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Marie Curie Fellow), McGill University, Montreal, and Queen Mary University of London. She has co-authored more than a 100 peer-reviewed publications and software libraries, and contributed to more than 20 projects, mostly funded by the European Commission.

        Research interest

        Her research is motivated by her background in both engineering and music and is within the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) field. She tries to understand the way humans describe music and emulate these descriptions by computational models dealing with big music data. By integrating knowledge from signal processing, music theory, cognition and machine learning, she has developed methods to automatically describe music data (audio signals, scores and visual information) in terms of melody, tonality and rhythm; to measure similarity between pieces and automatically classify music according to style, emotion or culture. She is currently president-elect of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval and co-editor in chief of the open access journal Transactions of ISMIR.

        Key words

        Music information retrieval, big data, machine learning, audio signal processing

        ORCID

        ORCID 0000-0003-4983-3989 // SCOPUS 14015483200

        Resercher ID

        F-4485-2010
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        Oriol Gomis

        Gomis Bellmunt, Oriol

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Electrical Engineering

        Professor Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt received the degree in industrial engineering from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2001 and the doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the UPC in 2007. In 1999 he joined Engitrol where he worked as project engineer in the automation and control industry. In 2003 he developed part of his doctoral thesis in the DLR (German Aerospace center) in Braunschweig (Germany). Since 2004 he is with the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC where he is Professor and participates in the CITCEA-UPC research group. He has been involved in numerous industrial and research projects related to grid integration of renewables and power systems. 

        Research interest

        The research we are doing is focused on understanding modern power systems dominated by power electronics converters, including renewables (mainly onshore and offshore wind and solar PV), HVDC, FACTS, energy storage, electrical vehicle and industrial loads. The activities we are developing are related to developing modeling approaches, control design tools and analysis methodologies to be able to analyze in a systematic way power systems dominated by converters. Power converters are programmable devices which cannot be significantly overloaded. This implies that they behave in a different way compared to traditional synchronous generators, and therefore exisitng approaches and tools which are used to analyze power systems have important limitations. Our work combines the detailed converter and the overall system analysis and has application to multiple fields, ranging from high voltage transmission networks to low voltage distribution systems. 

         

        Key words

        Renewable energy, wind power, offshore wind, power systems, power electronics, electrical machines, supergrids, HVDC grids

        ORCID

        0000-0002-9507-8278

        Resercher ID

        I-3557-2014
      • González, Antonio UPC - 2014, 2019
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        González, Antonio

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Computer Architecture Department

        Antonio González (PhD 1989) is a Full Professor at the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the director of the ARCO research group. He was the founding director of the Intel Barcelona Research Center from 2002 to 2014.

        He has published 380+ papers, has given 130+ invited talks and holds 53 patents in the area of computer architecture. He has served as associate editor for five IEEE and ACM journals, program chair and general chair for the most prestigious symposia in his area, and member of the program committee for 130+ symposia. He has a long track record of innovations in commercial products, especially microprocessors.

        Antonio’s awards include the best student in computer engineering in Spain, the Rosina Ribalta award, the Duran Farell award, the Aritmel National Award of Informatics, the King Jaime I award and the ICREA Academia award. He is recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant and is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM.

        Research interest

        Antonio’s research has focused on computer architecture, compilers and parallel processing, with special emphasis on microarchitecture and code generation techniques for the design of power efficient and reliable computing systems.

        His latest research activities focus on the area of domain-specific architectures, with special emphasis on Cognitive Computing and Graphics domains. Regarding Cognitive Computing architectures, his goal is to devise new “intelligent” devices that will help people in their daily routines at work, home or for entertainment. In particular, he is investigating novel architectures for computer vision and language processing. In the area of Graphics, his work focuses on energy-efficient graphics processors that can provide reach user experiences for animated applications running in extremely power constrained devices such as smartphones or other portable devices.

        Key words

        computer architecture, processor microarchitecture, power-efficiency, memory architecture, graphics processors, cognitive computing systems.

        ORCID

        0000-0002-0009-0996
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        Hernández Leo, Davinia

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

        Professor at the Department of Information and Communications Technologies Department and Head of the Interactive and Distributed Technologies for Education group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She obtained a degree and a Ph.D on Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Valladolid, Spain, and has been visiting researcher at Open University of the Netherlands, Fulbright Scholar at Virginia Tech and visiting academic at the University of Sydney. She has published extensively and has received several awards, including best paper and best demo awards in conferences in her domain and the European award for excellence in the field of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning technology. She is a former Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Learning Technologies and is currenly Vice-Dean of the UPF Engineering School and Vice-President of the European Association for Technology-Enhanced Learning.

        Research interest

        Prof. Hernández-Leo's research activity lies at the intersection of Network and Computer Applications, Human-Computer Interaction and Learning Sciences, being broadly centered on the domain of Learning Technologies, and spanning fields such as learning design technology, computer-supported collaborative learning, community platforms, learning analytics, and architectures and devices for learning. Her main objective is to contribute to improve Information and Communications Technologies to empower teachers and to enable potentially effective learning experiences that are not possible (or very demanding) without technologies. Her research group (TIDE, https://www.upf.edu/web/tide) is currently focused on data analytics and scalability in Learning Design tooling, Classroom Orchestration technologies and Distributed Learning Environments. 

        Key words

        social technologies, standards and interoperability, devices for learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, technologies for learning design

        ORCID

        0000-0003-0548-7455
      • Ivorra Cano, Antoni UPF - 2018
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        Ivorra Cano, Antoni

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

        Antoni Ivorra is an associate professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain, where he leads the Biomedical Electronics Research Group (BERG). Prior to joining the UPF in 2010, he enjoyed a four-year postdoctoral stay at the University of California at Berkeley (2005-2009) followed by an eight-month postdoctoral position at the CNRS- Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif, France). During 1998-2005, he was with the Biomedical Applications Group of the Centre Nacional de Microelectrònica, Bellaterra, Spain. He received a PhD in Electronics Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, in 2005.

        He is author or coauthor of 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters and more than 35 conference contributions. He has been inventor or co-inventor of 11 families of patent applications. In 2016 he was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for his research on microstimulators for neuroprosthetics.

        Research interest

        His research is focused on bioelectrical phenomena and, in particular, on exploring the use of these phenomena for implementing new methods and devices for biomedical applications. Specifically, his main research topics are electroporation, particularly for tissue ablation, electrical bioimpedance for diagnostic purposes and injectable electronics for neuroprosthetics.

         

        Key words

        biomedical engineering; bioelectrical phenomena; neuroprosthetics; electroporation; electrical bioimpedance

        ORCID

        http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7718-8767

        Resercher ID

        A-3155-2008
      • Llobet Valero, Eduard URV - 2012, 2018
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        Llobet Valero, Eduard

        Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Electronic, Electrical Engineering and Automation

        I got a PhD from the UPC (1997) and then completed a one-year postdoc at the University of Warwick (UK). Since 2006, I have been the Head of the MINOS Research Group at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, working on nanomaterials and microsystems for gas sensing. In 2009 I became full Professor. From 2010 to 2014 I was the Director of the Centre for Research in Materials Engineering and Micro / Nano Systems. I am President of the Spanish Network of Microsystems and Nanotechnology (IBERNAM). I have co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, given some 30 invited lectures at international conferences and lead over 35 regional, national and international projects. Have been invited regularly to conduct research in France and Japan. Founder of the spinoff Green Smart Data. In 2012 I received the URV’s RQR award and the ICREA Academia award (in 2012 and 2018). In 2019 I became distinguished Professor at the URV.

        Research interest

        Growth of single crystalline metal oxide nanomaterials employing bottom-up approaches. Specifically, self-catalysed growth of n-type semiconductor nanowires or nanorods onto ceramic, silicon, silicon MEMS or polymeric substrates. Nanowires are grown and loaded with p-type nanoparticles, achieving functional nanomaterials with heterojunctions at the nanoscale, with superior performance for gas sensing. Gaining insight in the surface chemistry, nature of defects and the specific mechanisms of interaction with target gases, unveiling gas-sensing mechanisms and structure-performance relationships. Functionalisation of carbon nanomaterials employing cold plasmas, grafting metal nanoparticles, complex molecules or perovskites, achieving highly sensitive and selective sensors. Nanomaterial-based flexible gas sensors and sensor systems with a performance that matches the one of conventional rigid devices. Development of unattended, wireless gas sensing networks.

        Key words

        gas sensor microsystems; carbon nanomaterials, metal oxide nanowires; nanoporous alumina; hybrid functional nanomaterials, signal processing

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6164-4342

        Resercher ID

        I-8519-2012
      • Llorca Piqué, Jordi UPC - 2009, 2014, 2019
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        Llorca Piqué, Jordi

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Institute of Energy Technologies

        Born in Barcelona in 1966, Jordi Llorca graduated and earned his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona, where he was later appointed Associate Professor and Ramón y Cajal Fellow. In 2005, he joined the Technical University of Catalonia as Professor and in 2014 he became Full Professor as Serra Húnter Fellow. He has been visiting professor at several universities. He has received the Distinction of Generalitat de Catalunya to the Promotion of the University Research in 2003, the Humbert Torres Prize in 2003 and the ICREA Academia in 2009, 2014 and in 2019. He has been Director of the Institute of Energy Technologies and Director of the Center for Research in NanoEngineering at UPC and currently he is Director of the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering. In 2017 he became Academic member of the Institute for Catalan Studies, Division of Science and Technology. He has published over 380 scholarly articles and authored 10 patents.

        Research interest

        Prof. Jordi Llorca is working on the development of highly efficient catalysts based on in situ and operando spectroscopy and microscopy methods at the atomic level addressed to unravel the nature of the catalytic active sites. He is involved in the design and manufacture of fuel reformers, catalytic membrane reactors and microreactors for conducting chemical reactions aimed at the generation, purification and separation of hydrogen for fuel cells as well as other processes related to energy and environmental applications, such as the abatement or atmospheric pollutants from combustion engines. Another research line conducted by Prof. Jordi Llorca is the direct production of hydrogen from water and sunlight, which includes the synthesis and study of novel photocatalysts with semiconductors, metal nanoparticles and photonic crystals. He is also interested on cosmochemistry and meteoritics.

        Key words

        Heterogeneous Catalysis, Microreactors, Reaction Engineering, Environment, Operando Characterization

        ORCID

        0000-0002-7447-9582

        Resercher ID

        M-8134-2014
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        López Peña, Antonio M.

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Computer Vision Center

        Antonio M. López Peña is Associate Professor (Tenure) at the Computer Science Dpt. of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he teaches since 1992, and where he received his PhD degree in 2000. In 2003, Antonio founded the group on Assisted/Autonomous Driving at the Computer Vision Center (CVC) of the UAB, which is a SGR consolidated group with him as Principal Investigator. Antonio participated in the foundation of the CVC itself, where he has held different responsibilities.

        Antonio has a long trajectory carrying research at the intersection of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Simulation and Assisted/Autonomous Driving. Antonio has been deeply involved in the creation of the SYNTHIA dataset and the CARLA open-source simulator. He has lead numerous competitive and industry research projects for more than 20 years.

        Research interest

        In the context of deep learning for perception-based autonomous driving, Antonio is focusing on several topics of high interest:

        1. Modular and end-to-end paradigms for developing AI drivers.
        2. Domain adaptation and augmented reality to develop AI drivers in simulation for their posterior deployment in the real world.
        3. Anomaly detection, lifelong learning, and active learning for developing adaptable AI drivers. 
        4. Intention recognition of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists).
        5. Multimodal perception for developing AI drivers.

        Publications can be seen in my Google Scholar.

        Key words

        Autonomous Driving, Simulation, Multimodal Perception, Domain Adaptation, Deep Learning.

        ORCID

        0000-0002-6979-5783

        Resercher ID

        L-5303-2014
      • Lozano, Angel UPF - 2010, 2015, 2020
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        Angel Lozano

        Lozano, Angel

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Information and Communication Technologies

        Prof. Lozano received the Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1994 and 1998, respectively. From 1999 to 2008, he was with Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies, now Nokia) in Holmdel, NJ. Between 2005 and 2008 he was also an Adj. Associate Professor at Columbia University. Prof. Lozano is a Fellow of the IEEE, an editor for the IEEE ComSoc Technology News, an area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and a former editor for various other journals. He holds 16 patents and is the coauthor of the textbook “Foundations of MIMO Communication” released by Cambridge University Press in 2019. His papers have received several awards, including the 2009 Stephen O. Rice prize, the 2016 Fred W. Ellersick prize, and the 2016 Communications Society & Information Theory Society joint award. He also received the ICREA Academia Award for 2011-2015, 2016-2020, 2021-2025, and an ERC Advanced Grant for 2016-2021. He was a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher.

        Research interest

        My research focus is on wireless communications, precisely on the design and analysis of advanced techniques to increase bit rates, to reduce the consumption of resources (chiefly bandwidth and power), to minimize latency, and to contain complexity in wireless networks. Over the last 5 years, with the support of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, I have been exploring designs for cloud-based beyond-5G wireless networks, to be deployed circa 2030.

        Key words

        Wireless Communications, Wireless Networks, Information Theory, Signal Processing, Machine Learning

        ORCID

        0000-0003-3790-0494

        Resercher ID

        A-3332-2012
      • Martín, Ferran UAB - 2013, 2008, 2018
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        Martín, Ferran

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Enginyeria Electrònica

        Ferran Martín received the B.S. Degree in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1988 and the PhD degree in 1992. Since 2007 he is Full Professor of Electronics. He is the head of the Microwave Engineering, Metamaterials and Antennas Group at UAB, and Director of CIMITEC, a research Center ascribed to UAB and focused on Technology transfer to Industry on the basis of Metamaterials and related concepts. He has authored and co-authored over 650 technical conference, letter and journal papers, and he is author or co-author of three books for John Wiley and one book for Springer. He has generated 21 PhDs, among them 10 awarded the Extraordinary PhD Prize. Among his honors, he has been the recipient of the 2006 Duran Farell Prize for Technological Research, a Parc de Recerca UAB/Santander Technology Transfer Chair (2009), and the Icrea Academia Prize in 3 occasions (calls 2008, 2013 and 2018). He is Fellow of the IEEE since 2012 and Fellow of the IET since 2016.

        Research interest

        The research activity is focused on three main areas: (i) the application of metamaterials and related concepts to the optimization and miniaturization of RF/microwave components and communication systems; (ii) the design and implementation of novel sensors based on symmetry properties for motion control, dielectric characterization and biosensors; and (iii) the design of chipless radiofrequency identification (chipless-RFID) systems and sensors with unprecedented data capacity. This research activity has impact in several fields within Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Internet of things (IoT), Security, Space, industry 4.0, etc.

        Key words

        Metamaterials, Microwave Engineering, Wireless Communications, Radiofrequency Identification (RFID), Microwave Sensors

        ORCID

        0000-0002-1494-9167
      • Martorell, Jordi UPC - 2016
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        Martorell, Jordi

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear/ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques

        Jordi Martorell received a PhD degree in Physics from Brown University (USA) in 1990 and he performed postdoctoral studies at New York University. He became a UPC professor in 1999 and since 2005 he is also head of the organic nano-structured photovoltaics group at ICFO. Jordi Martorell has mainly focused his research into the experimental study of new photonic concepts to shape the properties of optical materials, a field where he has made several key contributions: To control spontaneous emission in photonic crystals, to demonstrate phase matched non-linear light generation in centro-symmetric materials, and more recently to achieve second harmonic light generation from an extremely low number of molecules. In 2011 Jordi Martorell took a major turn in his research activities and focused the core of his activity to study fundamental aspects of photonics applied to thin film photovoltaics.

        Research interest

        Current research considers light management for an optimal solar energy harvesting, storage and use. Among the different areas being covered are: semi-transparent single junction solar cells using photonic strucutres to achieve world record performances, the study of alterantive trapping configurations by designing new cavity concepts capable to confine electromagnetic energy, as for instance, in non-harmonic but resonant cavity modes or in chaotic whispering gallery modes, the study of fundamental aspects in light-matter interaction as controlling the radiative recombination by the solar cell architecture to push the limits of photovoltaic efficiency, and the use of graphene for a direct storage of hydrogen atoms obtained from water splitting.

        Key words

        photonics, organic, photovoltaic, solar, nanotechnology, nanophotonics
      • Masoller, Cristina UPC - 2009, 2015, 2020
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        Cristina Masoller

        Masoller, Cristina

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Física

        Cristina Masoller (1963, Montevideo, Uruguay) is Full Professor at the Physics Department, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). She received the bachelor and master degrees in physics from Universidad de la República, Uruguay, where she was assistant professor (1989-2004). She received the PhD degree in physics from Bryn Mawr College (USA) in 1999. She was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Nice, at Bangor University and at Universitat de les Illes Balears (2000-2002). She joined UPC with a Ramon i Cajal fellowship in 2004, became Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2018. She is co-author of more than 160 articles that have received 5700 citations. She has supervised 11 PhD thesis. She is member of the Editorial Board of several interdisciplinary journals. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional society in optics and photonics. She was recognized for contributions in the area of nonlinear dynamics of optical systems.

        Research interest

        She studies complex systems in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields. She is an expert in nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers and has discovered some remarkable similarities (but also differences) between the behavior of excitable lasers and neurons. She has used and developed nonlinear analysis tools to extract information from complex signals in fields as diverse as biomedicine and climate. Her research interest has been focused on identifying early warning signals of critical transitions and extreme events. She has used Hilbert analysis to identify geographical regions where atmospheric dynamics has experienced pronounced variations in the last 30 years, she has applied symbolic analysis to EEG signals to differentiate brain states, and she has used complex network tools to analyze retina fundus images for early diagnosis of diseases. Her current interests also include sub-seasonal atmospheric predictability and laser speckle pattern analysis for optical remote sensing.

        Key words

        Photonics, semiconductor lasers, complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, neuronal models, time series analysis, complex networks, extreme events

        ORCID

        0000-0003-0768-2019

        Resercher ID

        M-3696-2014
      • Perez Neira, Ana UPC - 2020
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        Ana Pérez Neira

        Perez Neira, Ana

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions

        She  is full professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in the Signal Theory and Communication department since 2006 and was Vice rector for Research (2010-14). She is fellow researcher at Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, where she is the Scientific Coordinator and responsible of the SatCom activities. She has more than 60 journal papers and 300 conference papers. She is co-author of 7 books. She has leaded more than 20 projects and holds 8 patents. She has been associate editor of the IEEE TSP and EURASIP SP and ASP. Currently she is senior area editor of IEEE OJSP. She is member of the BoG of the IEEE SPS and Vice-President for conferences (2021-23). She is IEEE Fellow and member of the Real Academy of Science and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB). She is recipient for the 2018 EURASIP Society Award and she has been the general chair of IEEE ICASSP’20 (the first big IEEE virtual conference held by IEEE with more than 15.000 attendees).

        Research interest

        Her interests are wireless communications and her contributions play a seminal advance in the state of the art of signal processing for high speed satellite communications. In 2007, for the first time, she considered the benefits of MIMO processing for satellite communications, both fixed and mobile, either broadcast services or multimedia. She developed the first MIMO satellite channel model and patent on satellite beamforming. She has: 25 journal papers on this topic in the last 5 years, over 50 conferences, 6 patents, the organization of 1 conference, 2 seasonal schools, 1 symposium, several special editions, sessions, tutorials, round tables, invited talks, and 1 white paper for the EU. She led the first European funded project in H2020 on satellite systems: SANSA. She has also developed original techniques for new signal waveforms, and non-orthogonal access techniques. She coordinates ESA Satellite Network of Experts (2014-2024).

        Key words

        satellite communications, Signal Processing, Communication transceivers, wireless communications, array processing

        ORCID

        http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4281-3934

        Resercher ID

        L-4418-2013
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        Prades Garcia, Juan Daniel

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica i Biomèdica

        Prof. J. Daniel Prades is a Full Professor of Electronic Technology at the Universitat de Barcelona. He has published 90 scientific articles (4000+ citations, h-index 35), and has given 35 invited talks in international conferences. He has coordinated 30 Research Projects and Grants on device development, smart system integration and environmental monitoring; including 11 European/International Projects, 19 National Projects and other Projects with Industry. He is co-inventor of 9 patents, 2 of them under commercial exploitation. In 2018, he founded “ColorSensing” https://www.color-sensing.com, a start-up based in Catalonia devoted to smart packaging for food processing efficiency, quality, and safety. He is the EuroSensors Fellow 2017 and ICREA Academia awardee since 2018.

        Research interest

        My research domain is sensor technology, with focus on chemical and gas sensors. In the last 5 years I have centered my activities in addressing two of the main challenges in these field: lowering the power consumption and improving the selectivity of the response towards specific molecular compounds. This topic, and the strategies that I have followed, have been supported by the European Research Council with a Starting Grant, and by the European Innovation Council with FET Open grants. As outcomes of this main activity I have developed:

        • a new gas sensor principle offering zero-power operation,
        • two systematic strategies to lower the power consumption of existing technologies more than 3 orders of magnitude: the self-heating operation and the microLED technology,
        • improved the specificity towards selected gases by more than 2000%,
        • a new ultra-low-cost sensor concept based on printed disposable sensors and smartphone cameras.

        Key words

        sensors, micro and nano devices, low power, selective chemical/gas sensors, low-cost chemical/gas sensors

        ORCID

        0000-0001-7055-5499

        Resercher ID

        C-7026-2008
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        Puig Broch, Sebastià

        Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institute of Environment

        I graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat de Girona (UdG) in 2002, where I also pursued PhD studies. Research work during my PhD involved scientific stays at TU Delft (The Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. Mark C.M. van Loosdrecht. My academic career continued with two postdoctoral positions at TUDelft and Catalan Institute for Water Research in the period 2008-2010 thanks to a Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship. In 2010, I came back to the UdG holding the position of Assistant Professor. In 2014, I received the award “Young talented researcher in Sustainable Water Management” from Fundación Botin (Spain). In 2019, I got the position of Associate Professor Serra Húnter at UdG. I have supervised 5 postdoctoral researchers and 7 doctoral theses (+6 ongoing). I am currently the UdG PI of 2 H2020 EU projects (BioRECO2VER; ELECTRA), one Swedish (ELECTROSYMBIOSIS) and 2 national projects (COOMET; WAFRA).

        Research interest

        Climate change and future depletion of resources are two of the most important environmental challenges that humankind have ever faced. My idea is to give a second chance to contaminated water and recalcitrant carbon dioxide (CO2) streams. My research interest for the following years are:

        Water recovery as a need not a wish. Water and energy are essential interrelated resources for sustainable development, whose demands expected to increase in the next decades. The aim of this research line is to unveil bio-electrochemical chats between microorganisms for the bioremediation of polluted waters.

        BioElectroCarbon recycling: from greenhouse gas to commodities.The goal of this research line is to develop a resilience and sustainability biorefinery concept based on electron-driven microbial reactions for the production of commodities (biofuels, building blocks) with renewable electricity and recalcitrant CO2 from industrial sources.

        Key words

        bioelectroCO2 recycling, biofuels, electro bioremediation, environmental biotechnology, microbial electrosynthesis, water recovery

        ORCID

        0000-0003-2995-1443

        Resercher ID

        L-8562-2014
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        David Sánchez Ruenes

        Sánchez Ruenes, David

        Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Department of Computer Engineering and Mathematics

        David Sánchez Ruenes is a Serra Húnter Associate Professor at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008 from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

        He has participated in 10 European projects (one as PI and one H2020 project as coordinator), 9 Spanish projects (1 as a Principal Investigator) and 15 Catalan projects (4 as a Principal Investigator). He has also co-leaded 5 international technology transfer contracts with the Templeton World Charity Foundation and Huawei. He has published 75 papers in journals indexed in the JCR (50 in the first quartile), including one paper in Science. He has also contributed to 77 conferences. He has authored 12 book chapters and of 3 books. His publications have received 5,750 cites (h-index=41, Feb. 2021). He has received 3 research awards in international events and 6 best paper awards. In 2014 the Academia Europaea awarded him with the Burgen Scholarship Award.

        Research interest

        My research focuses on the study of knowledge and data semantics under an Artificial Intelligence perspective. I work on the development of computational and machine learning methods to understand, manage and transform textual data in analytical algorithms. By means of these methods it is possible to automatize data analyses on (big) textual data and to improve the accuracy of such analyses.

        In the last years, I have worked on the application of these semantic methods to the protection of sensitive data, specifically, to anonymize textual data in privacy-challenging scenarios such as document declassification, social media publication or statistical data releases. My contributions resulted in algorithms that preserve the privacy of the subjects while ensuring that the anonymized data are still useful for research. This makes the data protection required by legal frameworks compatible with data analyses that employ personal data.

        Key words

        Semantics, Data Analysis, Machine learning, Data privacy

        ORCID

        0000-0001-7275-7887

        Resercher ID

        B-5275-2012
      • Seco Granados, Gonzalo UAB - 2013, 2019
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        Seco Granados, Gonzalo

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Telecommunications and Systems Engineering

        Gonzalo Seco-Granados received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Eng. from the Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, in 2000, and the MBA. degree from the IESE Business School, Spain, in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the European Space Agency, where he was involved in the design of the Galileo system. In 2015 and 2019, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently Professor in the Dept. of Telecommunication, Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, where he was Vice Dean of the Engineering School during 2011-19. His research interests include satellite and terrestrial localization systems. Since 2018, he has been serving as a member of the Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee for the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Since 2019, he is President of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

        Research interest

        My general research objective for the next years is to develop positioning solutions for two types of applications: i) automated driving and unmanned aerial systems, where accuracy and security are of paramount relevance; ii) Internet-of-Thing systems.

        Despite the progress in recent years in satellite and terrestrial based positioning technologies, there is still a very significant gap in the accuracy, latency, reliability, and energetic cost between the existing positioning solutions and the requirements of those applications. My research in both theoretical and the practical implementation aspects aims at narrowing that gap. My work focuses on two of the technologies, namely 5G/6G and GNSS, that will form part of those systems. I am interested in the use of V2X sidelinks for high-accuracy low-latency positioning, simultaneous localization and mapping, and power consumption reduction in IoT devices via cloud-based signal processing.

        Key words

        navigation/positioning systems, statistical signal processing, estimation theory, wireless communications, data series analysis, GNSS, GPS, 5G, millimeter wave

        ORCID

        0000-0003-2494-6872

        Resercher ID

        C-7058-2008
      • Serra Casals, Xavier UPF - 2008, 2013, 2019
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        Serra Casals, Xavier

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

        Professor of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and Director of the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He obtained a PhD from Stanford University in 1989 with a dissertation on the spectral processing of musical sounds that is considered a key reference in the field. His research interests cover the computational analysis, description, and synthesis of sound and music signals, with a balance between basic and applied research and approaches from both scientific/technological and humanistic/artistic disciplines. He was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to carry out the project CompMusic aimed at promoting multicultural approaches in music information research.

        Research interest

        All my research is carried out within the Audio Signal Processing Lab of the MTG, where we focus on the understanding of sound and music signals by combining signal processing and machine learning methods with semantic technologies. We work both on data-driven methodologies, in which the development and use of large data collections is a fundamental aspect, and on knowledge-driven approaches, in which domain knowledge of the problem to be addressed is needed. Combining these research approaches, we have been able to tackle practical problems related to music exploration and recommendation, classification of sounds, and automatic assessment for music education. We have been able to combine a very strong open science strategy with successful technology transfer initiatives.

        Key words

        sound and music computing, audio signal processing, music information retrieval, machine learning

        ORCID

        0000-0003-1395-2345

        Resercher ID

        C-9299-2014
      • Velasco Esteban, Luis UPC - 2015, 2020
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        Luis Velasco Esteban

        Velasco Esteban, Luis

        Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Advanced Broadband Communications Center (CCABA)

        He received the B.Sc. degree in Telecom. Engineering from Univ. Politécnica de Madrid in 1989, the M.Sc. degree in Physics from Univ. Complutense de Madrid in 1993, and the PhD degree from Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2009. He joined Telefonica in 1989 and was involved on the standardization, procurement, and first office application of Telefonica's SDH transport network. In 2004 he joined UPC, where currently he is a full professor and senior researcher at the Advanced Broadband Comm. Center (CCABA). He has co-authored more than 200 papers and two books related to Elastic Optical Networks. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA J. Optical Comm. and Networking and in the TPC of several international conferences. He has participated in European research projects such as FP7 IDEALIST and H2020 METRO-HAUL, and MSCA REAL-NET and MENTOR. His interests include intent-based networking (monitoring and AI/ML), for autonomous toward 6G networks and services.

        Research interest

        My research was initially focused on multilayer optical networks, specifically on Network planning and re-optimization. I extended the focus of my research since a critical barrier to the growth of the Internet and the development of new innovative services is also the cloud and network orchestration to cope with the increasing complexity of technologies and services. Furthermore, the application of AI/ML solutions on telemetry data facilitates the exploitation of Software Defined Networking programmability and flexibility, while supporting self-configuration and self-healing from the device to the network to deal with variable workload and degradation. As a result, the focus of my research during the last 5 years has been on the application of AI/ML to the autonomous network operation. I continuously collaborate with Telefónica on Smart Data Networks, with Cisco, and with Infinera, as well as with research centers and universities worldwide.

        Key words

        Toward 6G networking, Intent-Based Networking, Network Automation

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0002-7345-296X

        Resercher ID

        L-2335-2014
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        Gara Villalba

        Villalba Méndez, Gara

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dept of chemical, biological, and environmental engineering

        Gara Villalba holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1998), and a PhD also in Chemical Engineering (Universitat de Barcelona, 2003). Presently, she is a full professor in the dept of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she develops her research in the field of Industrial Ecology with a focus on urban systems and nature-based solutions.  

        Research interest

        My primary research interests and experience stem from Industrial Ecology, a field that aims to reconfigure industrial activity in response to knowledge of environmental consequences. One of the impact areas I have concentrated my efforts is the evaluation and design of urban systems, exploring how nature-based solutions such as green infrastructures can be effective in contributing to making cities more resilient to climate change and more sustainable in terms of water management, food production, air quality, human well-being and biodiversity. To this end, I was recently awarded an ERC Consolidator grant entitled Integrated System Analysis of Urban Vegetation and Agriculture (URBAG, 2019-2024) to develop a novel and comprehensive analysis that integrates the life cycle impacts of the resources required for green infrastructures with the understanding of how green infrastructures impact the urban atmosphere interaction. 

        Key words

        urban atmospheric modeling, urban metabolism, green infrastructures, nature based solutions, urban and peri-urban agriculture, life cycle assessment, urban planning, air quality, GHG emissions.

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6392-0902

        Resercher ID

        B-1379-2009
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        Andres Lacueva, Cristina

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Nutrition, Food Science & Gastronomy Department. Pharmacy and Food Science Faculty

        Cristina Andres-Lacueva is Full Professor at the Nutrition, Food Science & Gastronomy Department of the Pharmacy and Food Science Faculty at the University of Barcelona (UB) and leader of the Biomarkers & Nutritional and Food Metabolomics research group.
 Posdoctoral Research at Tufts University/HNRCA (Boston). IP in CIBERFES-isciii, Biomedical Research Network on Frailty and Healthy Aging. Author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers. She is partner of an Innovation by Design project, CooK2Health and Coordinator of the INJOY  Campus Activity both from EIT-Health/H2020. Active participation on the EU-Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life JPI-HDHL Actions Biomarkers, Microbiomics, Nutrition and Cognition and INTIMIC. At National level, active leadership in grants with MINECO & Health Institute Carlos III, FIS as well as Tranfer Actions with Industry by CDTI funds.

        Research interest

        My scientific activity is mainly focused in dietary and nutritional assessment as the major determinants of human health. This activity has comprised the understanding of qualitative and quantitative links between dietary patterns, nutritional phenotype and risk factors for diet-related chronic diseases. The main goals of my research have been: i) Applying intensively LC-MS driven untargeted and targeted metabolomics analysis to understand how new dietary biomarkers identified modulate diet-disease risk associations using pathway and network approaches; ii) The identification of robust “metabolic signatures of eating habits” for a range of foods of high public health significance; iii) To define and develop new methodological strategies for the biomarker discovery; iv) The development of an in-house human metabolome database and bioinformatic and biostatistics tools for the interpretation and identification of new biomarkers.

        Key words

        Nutrition, Biomarkers, Metabolomic, Dietary Assessment, Dietary Exposure, Dietary Pattern, Metabotype, Phytochemicals, Microbiome & health, Personalized Nutrition, Healthy Aging

        ORCID

        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8494-4978

        Resercher ID

        J-3377-2012
      • Araus Ortega, Jose Luis UB - 2013, 2018
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        Araus Ortega, Jose Luis

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · BEECA - Faculty of Biology

        Full Professor of Plant Physiology, at the University of Barcelona (1993) and Professor ICREA Academia (in 2013 and 2018). Research stages at the University of Georgia (US), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (Syria), the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (UAE), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico), etc. He was a National Seconded Expert at the Directorate-General for Research of the EU (Brussels), Principal Scientist at the Global Maize CIMMYT. He is and has been PI of several international projects and co-author on near 300 publications in SCI and SSCI journals, with an h-index (Google Scholar) of 79, and the recipient (2008) of the Friendship Award (China). Responsibilities in international and national research evaluation agencies.

        Research interest

        • Research on ecophysiological traits and phenotypic tools to use in crop breeding and agronomy, with special emphasis on remote sensing and stable isotopes.
        • Photosynthetic C and N metabolism, abiotic stresses and productivity in crops, cereals
        • Paleoreconstruction of the agricultural conditions in the antiquity

        Key words

        Photosynthesis, crop breeding, ecophysiology, global change

        ORCID

        0000-0002-8866-2388

        Resercher ID

        E-4129-2016
      • Bosch i Turbet, Fàtima UAB - 2012, 2018
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        Bosch i Turbet, Fàtima

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

        Fàtima Bosch is a Pharmacist (1980) and PhD in Biochemistry (1985), University of Barcelona, with post-doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University, Case Western Reserve University, and NCI-Frederick Cancer Research Center. Presently, Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1999) and Director of the Center of Animal Biotechnology and Gene Therapy (2003), Universitat Autònoma Barcelona. She received the Rey Juan Carlos I (1985), Narcís Monturiol (2002), Sant Jordi Cross (2005), Alberto Sols (2006) and ICREA Academia (2012, 2018), Jacob’s Ladder Norman Saunders International Research Prize, Canada (2019) and UAB Social Council’s Transfer (2020) awards. She has been Founding member of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (1992), President of the Spanish Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (2007-2009), Vice-President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2009-2012) and member of the Gene Doping Expert Group of the World Anti-Doping Agency (2013-present).

        Research interest

        Prof. Bosch main strategic objective is to develop AAV-mediated gene therapy approaches for highly prevalent and rare metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of life for subjects affected by these diseases. First, Prof. Bosch studies aims to understand the pathophysiological causes of diabetes mellitus (Type 1 and 2), using transgenic animal models, and to develop gene transfer-based therapeutics. In 2020, UAB licensed two gene therapy programs developed in her lab for the treatment of type 1 diabetes to the new company Kriya Therapeutics. Second, Prof. Bosch is also involved in the development of gene therapies for severe inherited disorders, such as Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). Four gene therapy medicinal products received the orphan drug designation (EMA and FDA) and Phase I/II clinical trial for MPSIIIA is ongoing. She is also co-founder (2020) of the spin-off Telomere Therapeutics, to develop gene therapies for pulmonary fibrosis

         

        Key words

        Gene Therapy, Diabetes, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Transgenic Animals

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0002-7705-5515

        Resercher ID

        7201833372
      • Campo, Elías UB - 2012, 2018
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        Campo, Elías

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Fonaments Clínics

        Dr Campo received his MD,PhD from the University of Barcelona. He trained in Pathology at Hospital of Bellvitge and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. He is currently Professor of Pathology at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, IDIBAPS. He has been Editor of the WHO classification of Hematological neoplasms (2006-2017) and has Co-directed the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Genome Project in the International Consortium of the Cancer Genome. He is considered a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics since 2015 and has received numerous awards including the Catalan National Research Award, Premio Rey Jaime I of Clinical Medicine, and Gregorio Marañon Spanish National Award for Research in Medicine. He is member of several academic institutions including the Reial Academia de Medicina de Catalunya and the National Academy of Medicine, USA.

        Research interest

        Our research focuses on the pathological characterization of lymphoid neoplasms and the understanding of the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of these tumors. The main goal is to translate into the clinical practice the knowledge that may improve the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic intervention in these patients.  In the last years we have made seminal contributions in elucidating the genomic/epigenomic alterations in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma and other aggressive lymphomas. We have identified new disease subtypes, novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Our studies have shown that this new multidisciplinary approach to study cancer genomes in the clinical context opens new dimensions in understanding the disease and the clinical management of the patients. 

        Key words

        Molecular Pathology, Lymphoid Neoplasms, Lymphoma, Tumor Progression, Genomic Alterations

        ORCID

        0000-0001-9850-9793

        Resercher ID

        O-7192-2016
      • Comas, David UPF - 2011, 2016
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        Comas, David

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut

        He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Barcelona where he also obtained his PhD (awarded with the “Premi Claustre de Doctors de la UB”) at the Animal Biology Department (Anthropology Unit) in 1997. He performed predoctoral and postdoctoral stays at the Zoologisches Institut (LMU, Munich), the Anthony Nolan Trust-Royal Free Hospital (London), and the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Helsinki), studying human population genetics. He obtained a “Ramon y Cajal” position in 2001 at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) at the UPF where he is now Full Professor. In 2007 he received the Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the UPF Social Council. From 2007 to 2016 he has been the director of the UPF PhD program in Biomedicine, and from 2014 to 2016 the Vicedirector of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) in Barcelona. He is the Director of the DCEXS and the Scientific Director of the Maria de Maeztu Excellent Unit awarded to the DCEXS.

        Research interest

        His research is focused on the causes and consequences of the genetic diversity in human populations. He aims to understand the genomic (such as mutation, recombination) and demographic (such as migrations, admixture) evolutionary mechanisms that have modeled the human genome in order to unravel the population and epidemiological consequences of the human genetic diversity.

        Key words

        Genome diversity, population genetics, human genome.

        ORCID

        0000-0002-5075-0956

        Resercher ID

        D-5382-2014
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        Consiglio, Antonella

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapy

        Antonella Consiglio obtained her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at the HSR-TIGET (Milan) with Prof. Bordignon, and additional training at Gene Therapy Center of Lausanne and Vectors Technology Laboratory at Cell Genesys (Foster City, CA). She did her post-doctoral studies at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, under the direction of a pioneer of the field of adult neurogenesis, Prof. F.H.Gage. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology & Experimental Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science of the University of Barcelona, and leader of the Stem cell and Neurodegeneration team at the IDIBELL, Bellvitge University Hospital. In 2013 she was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) StG by the EU. She is a recipient of the 2019 City of Barcelona award to the life sciences. Her group studies the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease to get to a cure. 

        Research interest

        Understanding how genes and environment come together to increase our propensity for neurodegenerative diseases is crucial to develop better ways to prevent and treat diseases of the brain. However, studying the human nervous system at the molecular level has always been challenging due to the complexity of the brain, and the difficulty of obtaining live human neurons in the laboratory. The advent of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology enables to reprogram human somatic cells to pluripotency, and offers a unique possibility to generate viable human cells affected by the disease. Our lab uses reprogramming technology to study basic biological aspects underlying  neurodegenerative disease with complex genetic etiologies, such as Parkinson’s disease and could potentially have important clinical outcomes such as development of diagnostic tools and novel therapeutics approaches for this and other neurodegenerative diseases.

        Key words

        Parkinson's disease, Reprogramming, Stem Cells, Disease Modeling, Neurodegeneration

        ORCID

        0000-0002-3988-6254

        Resercher ID

        G-1815-2016
      • de Nadal Clanchet, Eulàlia UPF - 2011, 2020
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        Eulàlia de Nadal

        de Nadal Clanchet, Eulàlia

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

        Eulàlia de Nadal (1972, Barcelona) graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from the University Autònoma de Barcelona and received her Ph.D. degree in 2000 from the same university. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher (‘Ramón y Cajal’) at the University of Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and at the ETH (Zürich, Switzerland). From 2008 to 2016, she was Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) at the UPF. Since 2017, she has been a Full Professor at the same University. She was the vice-rector at the DCEXS of the UPF (2015-19). Eulàlia de Nadal has led the Cell Signaling research group there since 2005. In 2018, this group moved to the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), where Eulàlia de Nadal is an Affiliated Principal Investigator. She has published more than 60 articles in journals indexed in SCI, 44 of which correspond to the last 10 years.  She received the ICREA ACADEMIA award in 2012.

        Research interest

        The Cell Signaling group is the synergy of two teams led by two principal investigators who came together to work in close collaboration and become more competitive. This consortium shares a common interest in the characterization of stress responses in eukaryotic cells, using yeast and mammalian cells as model organisms. We have focused our studies on the properties of the signaling process mediated by the p38/Hog1 stress-activated protein kinases (SAPKs), the characterization of biological targets, and the study of the cellular responses necessary for adaptation to stress, such as cell cycle regulation and gene expression. Eulàlia de Nadal has specifically focused on the regulation of transcription in response to stress as well in the characterization of the biological targets for SAPK action.

        Key words

        Cellular stress, Gene expression, Chromatin, SAPKs, Signal transduction, Cell cycle progression

        ORCID

        0000-0003-0039-5607

        Resercher ID

        J-8178-2014
      • de Nadal Clanchet, Eulàlia UPF - 2011, 2020
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        de Nadal Clanchet, Eulàlia

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences
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        Research interest

        Key words

        Cellular stress, Gene expression, Chromatin, SAPKs, Signal transduction
      • Díez Antón, Juana UPF - 2016
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        Díez Antón, Juana

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Experimental and Health Sciences

        Juana Díez is an Associate Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra. After obtaining her PhD in Biology from the University Autónoma de Madrid, she made a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Virology (Madison, USA) where she was subsequently hired as Research Associate. Since 2001 she leads the Molecular Virology group at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, UPF. She has received two prizes for innovation in teaching by the Social Council of the UPF. From 2017 she is the coordinator of the Human Biology Studies at the UPF. 

        Research interest

         New and Emerging viruses such as Denguevirus, Chikungunya virus or Zika virus are a major threat to human health. Because of their simplicity, they completely depend on the infected cell to multiply. The main research interest of our group is to decipher key aspects of this intimate interaction and to identify novel broad-spectrum antiviral strategies that interfere with them. For this we combine cellular and molecular technologies with cutting-edge –omics and systems biology approaches.

        Key words

        emerging viruses, virus-cell interactions, broad-spectrum antivirals

        ORCID

        http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9013-0751

        Resercher ID

        D-3402-2014
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        Gonzalez-Solis Bou, Jacob

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals

        I am full professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) and a researcher in the fields of evolutionary, population and environmental biology. I developed my PhD in a team led by Profs. Xavier Ruiz and Lluís Jover, on the interactions between two gull species. In 1996 I moved to a team led by Peter Becker in Wilhelmshaven (Germany) to investigate pairing systems. Then, in 1999, I moved to a team led by John P. Croxall at the British Antarctic Survey (UK) to investigate the movements and sexual segregation of seabirds using PTTs and GLSs devices. In 2000, I joined the UB as a “Ramón y Cajal” researcher. Since then I have formed my own team, mainly focused on seabird movement ecology, that is currently composed of 2 postdocs, 9 PhD students and a number of MSc and undergrad students. In 2008 I became professor at the Departament de Biología Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals as well as the Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat (IRBio). In 2018 I became a full professor.

        Research interest

        We focus on movement and spatial ecology, symbiotic interactions and marine environmental chemistry, using seabirds as a main study model. We are concerned with biodiversity loss and all our research intends to contribute to the field of conservation biology. We develop observational and experimental field studies integrating multidisciplinary approaches and tools, such as molecular, stable isotope, physiological, microbiological and contamination analyses. We instrument seabirds with different devices, such as GPS, GLS and accelerometers, to track their foraging and migratory movements and behaviour. We work in Macaronesic archipelagos, particularly Cape Verde, Canary and Balearic Is, as well as in some Antarctic and subantarctic localities. Our tracking data contribute to assess mIBAs and MPAs in the Atlantic. Our activities also include building capacity in developing countries as well as increasing public awareness on anthropogenic threats to seabirds and the marine environment.

        Key words

        movement ecology, symbiotic interactions, marine environmental chemistry, conservation biology, seabird ecology

        ORCID

        0000-0002-8691-9397

        Resercher ID

        C-3942-2008
      • Maldonado López, Rafael UPF - 2015, 2020
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        Maldonado López, Rafael

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Laboratory of Neuropharmacogy. Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

        Research interest

        <p>The most outstanding contributions of my recent research activities can be summarized as follows:</p>

        <p>1. The identification of key neurobiological mechanisms underlying addictive processes induced by palatable food, including the crucial role of the medial prefrontal cortex-nucleus accumbens pathway (Nat Commun 11:782, 2020). We also identified the specific involvement of several receptors in particular aspects of drug addiction, such as GPR88 receptor (Biol Psychiat 84:202, 2018), 5HT2B receptor (J Neurosci 37:10371, 2017), CB1 cannabinoid receptor (Biol Psychiat 81:625, 2017; Neuropsychopharmacology 41:2192, 2016) and mu opioid receptor in GABA neurons (Biol Psychiat 81:778, 2017), among others.</p>

        <p>2. We have provided key findings to support the therapeutic interest of CB1 cannabinoid receptor for chronic endometrial pain treatment (eLife 9: e50356, 2020), as well as of CB2 cannabinoid receptor (eLife 9: e55582, 2020, Pain 157:23, 2016), sigma receptor (Br J Pharmacol 176:3939, 2019) and specific subpopulations of opioid receptors (Br J Pharmacol 177:1187, 2020, Br J Pharmacol 175:2791, 2018) for the management of neuropathic pain.</p>

        <p>3. We have identified specific microbiota profiles associated to memory and obesity through particular metabolic routes (Cell Metabolism, In press) and metabolomics profiles (Microbioma 8:59, 2020), as well as the sexual dimorphism in microbiota involved in obesity and menopausal status (Microbioma 8:136, 2020).</p>

        <p>4. We have reported novel mechanisms to understand the complexity of the cognitive processes, including the role of peripheral CB1R (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113:9904, 2016), protein kinase C signalling (Neuropsychopharmacology 43:1021, 2018) and monoaminergic system (Cereb Cortex 29:2978, 2019), as well as the potential therapeutic interest for cognitive alterations of the Ephrin-B2 protein (Annals Neurol 80:388, 2016) and the vagus nerve stimulation (Brain Stim 13:494, 2020).</p>


      • Munné-Bosch, Sergi UB - 2008, 2014, 2020
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        Sergi Munné Bosch

        Munné-Bosch, Sergi

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals

        Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch (ICREA Academia award 2008, 2014 and 2020) leads the research group ANTIOX, devoted to the study of antioxidants in plants. Research fronts focus on Plant Ecophysiolgy (www.antiox-ecophys.com) and Agri-Food Biotechnology (www.antiox-postharvest.com). Prof. Munné-Bosch is author of more than 250 articles in JCR-indexed journals, several book chapters, has edited two books and is the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental and Experimental Botany. He is currently giving lectures on "Plant Physiology and Biochemistry" and "Control of Plant Metabolism and Development" in the Biotechnology Degree and on "Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses" in the "Environmental Agrobiology" Master Degree of the University of Barcelona, and is now supervising 8 Ph.D. Theses. His main goal is to better understand the fascinating world of plant physiological processes, help students to reach this goal and transfer this knowledge to the industry and society.

        Research interest

        My research has focused on the study of antioxidants, senescence and stress in plants, considering aspects related to the ecophysiology of plants and agrifood biotechnological applications. The research team is currently in a very active phase and has significantly advanced in our understanding of (i) the biosynthesis and role of vitamin E in plants, (ii) plant senescence, and (iii) the biology of invasive plants, among other findings. Important achievements have also been performed in the field of plant physiology applied to non-medical biotechnology, in particular reducing apple sunburn or increasing flower longevity, both as a result of transfer projects with agrifood biotechnological companies. As a result, several of the studies performed in our laboratory have received particular attention in the mass media. 

        Key words

        antioxidants, redox regulation, senescence, stress responses

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6523-6848

        Resercher ID

        N-3302-2014
      • Munné-Bosch, Sergi UB - 2008, 2014, 2020
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        Munné-Bosch, Sergi

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biologia Vegetal

        Sergi Munné-Bosch (ICREA Academia Prize 2008 and 2014) was born in Barcelona, Spain, 1974. He received the Biology and PhD degrees at the University of Barcelona, during 1996 and 1999, respectively. He has performed several stays abroad, including the University of Hannover and University of Kiel (Germany), University of Fukuyama (Japan), Montana State University and University of Virginia (USA). Since 2003, he is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Barcelona. During 2000 and 2003, he was a recipient of the Plant Water Relations and Plant Physiology Awards, respectively, given by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiologists. He is an author of more than 170 articles in scientific journals, 16 book chapters and has edited 2 books. He is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental and Experimental Botany (Elsevier) and is leading several research projects, including both basic and applied aspects of plant biology.

        Research interest

        We are mainly interested in the study of the function of tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) in plants, including studies on the role of these compounds in plant stress tolerance, leaf and flower senescence, whole-plant senescence and seed aging. We are also interested in the study of other low-molecular-weight antioxidants, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids, flavonoids and phenolic diterpenes. Also, we aim at better understanding plant responses to water and oxidative stresses, as well as the mechanisms underlying stress memory in plants. Furthermore, we investigate the physiological consequences of sexual dimorphism in plants, and the photoprotective and antioxidant capacity of invasive plants relative to native ones in Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Finally, we study hormonal, redox and stress signaling, with an emphasis on linking vitamin E with ethylene and jasmonate signaling.

        Key words

        Antioxidants, Mediterranean plants, redox regulation, senescence, stress responses

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6523-6848

        Resercher ID

        N-3302-2014
      • Ozaita, Andrés UPF - 2016
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        Ozaita, Andrés

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Dept Experimental and Health Sciences

        Andrés Ozaita graduated in Biology at the University of the Basque Country (1992). He obtained his PhD degree in Biology (1996) at the University of the Balearic Islands in the field of Neuropharmacology. He did his postdoctoral training at the New York University School of Medicine (1997-2003) focused on the study of the molecular components of neuronal and cardiac excitability. In 2003, he was appointed Ramón y Cajal research fellow in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at University Pompeu Fabra. In 2008 he joined the faculty of this department where he is Professor of Pharmacology (2020). He received an American Heart Association postdoctoral award (2001), a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (2004). He obtained the Dr. Antoni Esteve Foundation award in Pharmacology research (2011 and 2015) and the Ramon Trias Fargas award (2017) by the Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down.

        Research interest

        We study cognitive function from the molecular to the functional level in healthy and dysfunctional states. We mainly use preclinical mouse models of drug exposure and models of genetic neurodevelopmental disorders to investigate the mechanisms involved in cognitive deficits and their potential modulation. We have revealed the participation of an important neuromodulatory system, the endocannabinoid system, in the control of neuronal plasticity and proper cognitive responses. We have characterized aberrant alterations in neuronal plasticity and brain dysfunction produced by cannabis derivatives that impact directly on the endocannabinoid system. We also found alterations of the endocannabinoid system in models of genetic neurodevelopmental disorders that display intellectual disability, such as fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome or Williams Beuren syndrome. We are developing approaches to improve cognition in these disarranged states.

        Key words

        intellectual disability, animal models, neuropharmacology, neural plasticity

        ORCID

        0000-0002-2239-7403

        Resercher ID

        H-3411-2015
      • Posas Garriga, Francesc UPF - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Posas Garriga, Francesc

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

        Francesc Posas is Full Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Director of IRB Barcelona (Institute for Research in Biomedicine (2018-). After obtaining his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1995), he made a postdoctoral stay at Harvard University (Boston, USA). From 1999 co-leads the Cell Signaling Research Group (https://www.irbbarcelona.org/en/research/cell-signaling). He was the chair of the Department of Health and Experimental Sciences at the UPF (2007-2013), Vice-rector for Science Policy at the UPF (2013-2017) and Commisioner for UPF scientific strategy (2017-2018). Dr. Posas received the award to Young Investigators from the Catalan Government (2001), EMBO Young Investigator Program (2000), EURYI to young investigators (ESF) (2004), EMBO member (2006), awarded with an ICREA Academia (2009-2014) and the “Carmen and Severo Ochoa” Award (2011). Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant (2012).

        Research interest

        His group aim to unravel how cells detect and respond to environmental changes, focussing on the characterisation of stress signal transduction pathways, especially those regulated by MAP kinases of the Hog1/p38 family, also known as the stress-activated MAP kinases (SAPKs). Proper adaptation to stress involves the modulation of several basic aspects of cell biology, among them the cell cycle and gene expression. Using S. cerevisiae budding yeast as a model organism, as well as higher eukaryotic cells, the group dissects the molecular mechanisms underlying cell response to changes in the extracellular environment and characterising the adaptive responses required for cell survival. Based on the knowledge of signal transduction and using synthetic biology, they also seek to modify cell behaviour to reprogram cell response to specific inputs/stimuli.

        Key words

        Stress adaptation. Cellular heterogeneity. Signal transduction. Transcription. Cell cycle control. RB. Tumorigenesis. Synthetic Biology. Biological Computation

        ORCID

        0000-0002-4164-7076

        Resercher ID

        K-1364-2013
      • Pujades Corbi, Cristina UPF - 2015, 2020
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        Cristina Pujades

        Pujades Corbi, Cristina

        Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

        I am Full Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). After my PhD in Biology from the Univ de Barcelona (1991), I did a postdoctoral stay at the DFCI-Harvard Medical School (Boston). Then, I moved to Paris first as a postdoc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), and then I got a permanent position at the Univ Pierre et Marie Curie. From that time, I have been fascinated by developmental neurobiology, and how you go from DNA and genes to the generation of form. This has been the main focus of my latest scientific career. In 2002, I had the opportunity of joining the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) at the UPF, where we work in trying to understand how spatiotemporally coordinated cell progenitor specification and differentiation occur during morphogenesis to construct a functional brain. I served first as Academic Secretary and then as Vice-Chair of the DCEXS, as VR of Professorate and currently as VR of Talent Recruitment and Retaining Policy.

        Research interest

        Our goal is to understand how spatiotemporally coordinated cell progenitor specification and differentiation occur during morphogenesis to construct a functional brain. While incorporating time as a missing-yet-crucial factor, we want to provide a global view of how cell fate decisions are taken in the brain and gain biological insight into: i) how tissue growth is intertwined with cell proliferation and differentiation; ii) how the heterogeneity of neural progenitors is generated; and iii) how individual progenitors behave during patterning and morphogenesis.

        We use the zebrafish embryo as a model system, which allow us to combine cutting-edge complementary approaches such as: CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, high-resolution 4D-imaging paired with cell tracking tools, and analyses of gene regulatory landscapes. We would like to map the ontogeny of differentiated neurons, and to reveal the sequence of temporal transitions from progenitor to the differentiated state.

        Key words

        developmental biology, neurobiology, segmentation, compartments, cell lineage, morphogenesis, progenitor cells, neurogenesis, cell specification, 4D-imaging, neuronal differentiation

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6423-7451

        Resercher ID

        F-7908-2014
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        Roca-Cusachs Soulere, Pere

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biomedicina

        Pere Roca-Cusachs obtained his PhD in cellular biophysics in 2007 from the Medical School at the University of Barcelona. He then worked in the lab of Prof. Michael Sheetz (Columbia University) as a post-doctoral researcher until 2011. He is currently a Serra-Hunter Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona, and Group Leader at the Institute for bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). His group studies the physical and molecular mechanisms by which cells detect and respond to mechanical signals.  He currently coordinates an EU-funded Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project dedicated to understanding the mechanical control of biological function. He is a recipient of the EMBO Young Investigator award, the 2017 City of Barcelona award to the life sciences, and the 2019 Young Investigator Award of the European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA). He is also an EMBO member.

        Research interest

        Every time we blink, move a hand, draw a breath, or walk, cells in our body exert, transmit, withstand, and detect forces. This mechanical interaction with the environment determines how cells proliferate, differentiate, and move, and regulates development, tumorigenesis or wound healing. Just like biochemical stimuli initiate signaling cascades, mechanical forces affect the links and conformation of a network of molecules connecting cells to the extracellular matrix. Our research aims precisely at unraveling the mechanisms that these molecules use to detect and respond to mechanical stimuli like forces or tissue rigidity, triggering downstream cell responses. To this end, we combine biophysical techniques like magnetic tweezers, Atomic Force Microscopy, traction microscopy, and microfabricated force sensors with molecular biology, advanced optical microscopy, and theoretical modelling.

        Key words

        biomaterials, mechanobiology, nanotechnology, biomechanics, biophysics, adhesion

        ORCID

        0000-0001-6947-961X

        Resercher ID

        D-4309-2009
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        Salas Salvadó, Jordi

        Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Human Nutrition Unit. Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department.

        Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and Clinical Head of the Nutrition Unit of the Hospital Sant Joan of Reus; Vice-Director of Pere i Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV) and Investigator of the CIBERobn and coordinator of its Nutrition Program. Director of the Centre Català de la Nutrició de l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans (CCNIEC), Chairman of the World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination (INC); Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQ); Member of the Expert Panel of Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group (DSNG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

        Has been declared by Clarivate Analytics as "Highly Cited Researcher" in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as one of the most cited researchers in the world. He has published more than 650 scientific articles, adding more than 25,200 citations and has published 14 books.

        Research interest

        Dr. Salas' research has focused on clinical trials in humans to evaluate the effect of food, dietary compounds and dietary patterns on obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases. Since 2005, he is one of the leaders of the PREDIMED Study (n=7447 participants), and is currently Coordinator and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the PREDIMED-Plus study (n=6874 participants), two large clinical trials for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and mortality. PREDIMED-Plus is a multi-collaborative project involving 30 research groups, and had received National, European & USA grants. With all these projects and collaborations, we have also developed skills in precision medicine using different OMIC´s methodologies, especially metabolomics, which we are now implementing  in epidemiologic and clinical studies.

        Key words

        Nutrition, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Mediterranean diet, inflammation, cardiovascular disease

        ORCID

        0000-0003-2700-7459

        Resercher ID

        C-7229-2017
      • Surralles Calonge, Jordi UAB - 2008, 2013, 2018
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        Surralles Calonge, Jordi

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Department of Genetics and Microbiology

        With a PhD in Genetics and postdoctoral experience in The Netherlands (Leiden University Medical Center) and Finland (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health), he set up his research team at the UAB where he is currently Full Professor of Genetics. In 2006, he joined CIBERER as principal investigator. He was later appointed Director of the Genetics Service at Sant Pau UAB Hospital (2017), Scientific Director of Sant Pau Hospital Research Institute (2019) and Director of the Join Unit on Genomic Medicine UAB-IR Sant Pau (2019). He has upervised of >40 research grants from public and private institutions world-wide and participated in clinical trials and multiple contracts with private foundations and biotech-pharma companies. He has given tens of invited lectures in international meetings, published over 130 articles (~8900 citations and H factor: 46) and supervised >30 PhD and Master students.

        Research interest

        Prof. Surrallés leads an internationally competitive group in the field of cancer-prone DNA repair syndromes with a focus in Fanconi anemia and familiar breast cancer. In the last 8 years he was involved in the discovery of 8 new disease genes involved in 6 cancer syndromes. He also performs advance therapeutic research in the field of DNA damage response including gene and cell therapy and drug and genetic screenings to obtain 2 Orphan Drug Designations by EMA, file 5 patents to protect therapeutic innovations in the field of DNA repair and participate in several clinical trials. A long term goal of Surrallés’ team is to understand the mechanisms that maintain genome stability and protect us from disease, cancer, and ageing and to translate this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies in the fields of oncology, precision medicine and rare diseases.

        Key words

        Fanconi anemia, DNA repair, Genome Instability, Rare Diseases, Hereditary Cancer, BRCA

        ORCID

        0000-0002-4041-7519

        Resercher ID

        7004387113
      • Torres Martí, Antoni UB - 2013, 2019
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        Antoni Torres Martí

        Torres Martí, Antoni

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Applied research in infectious respiratory diseases and critically ill patients, IDIBAPS

        Dr Antoni Torres is full profesor of Medicine (Pulmonology) at University of Barcelona. He has been Director and Chief of Pulmonology Department, and Director of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. He leads a translational research group focussed on respiratory  infections, ARDS and critical care. His current H-Index is 95. He received several research awards: Edward Shanoff (Harvard University), Josep Trueta, Lilly award, COMB, Icrea Academia, and Murray Korndfel (ACCP).

        Research interest

        Prof. Torres leads one the IDIBAPS research groups and a group of CIBERES-ISCIII. His research is focussed on respiratory infections, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and mechanical ventilation. In these fields his group is doing translational research from an animal piglet model to microbiology laboratory  and to patients.

        Many of the findings of the group have been incorporated to clinical practice and are included in the current guidelines as follows: Physiopathology, diagnosis, treatment , and prevention of community-acquired pneumonia and hospital-acquired pneumonia are the main contributions. His H-Index is 95.

        Key words

        lung infections, community acquired pneumonia, ventilator associated pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis, animal model

        ORCID

        0000-0002-8643-2167

        Resercher ID

        H-6128-2017
      • Ventura Zamora, Salvador UAB - 2009, 2015, 2020
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        Salvadro Ventura Zamora

        Ventura Zamora, Salvador

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular / Institut de Biotecnologia Biomedicina

        Salvador Ventura is Full Prof. at the Dep. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and leader of the Protein Folding and Conformational Diseases group at the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has been director of the IBB in 2017-20. Dr. Ventura has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed research and review papers, apart from several book chapters and 13 patents. He got his Ph. D. in Biology at the UAB in 1998 and worked as postdoctoral fellow (1999-2002) at EMBL-Heidelberg. He has been researcher at Harvard Medical School (USA) and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) among other centres. He rejoined UAB as a Ramon y Cajal researcher in 2003. Dr. Ventura received the UAB 2008 Excellence Research Award, the Bruker Prize "Manuel Rico" 2020 from the Spanish Biophysical Society and 2009, 2015 and 2020 ICREA-Academia Awards in Life Sciences and Medicine.

        Research interest

        Our lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to address fundamental aspects of protein folding, misfolding and aggregation. In addition to define the basic mechanistic principles underlying these processes, we aim to understand how their deregulation leads to the onset of human conformational diseases and to develop innovative therapeutics to target these pathologies. Moreover, this knowledge should allow us to design and produce novel and better protein-based biopharmaceuticals as well as the development of new self-assembled materials for nanotechnology applications.

        Key words

        Protein folding, Protein Aggregation, Amyloid, Protein Design, Protein Self-Assembly, Prions, Conformational Disorders

        ORCID

        orcid.org/0000-0002-9652-6351

        Resercher ID

        C-7021-2008
      • Villarroya Gombau, Francesc UB - 2014, 2019
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        Villarroya Gombau, Francesc

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Bioquimica i Biomedicina Molecular

        My scientific career is fully associated with the direction of my research group, which I started in the mid 90's, after my previous training in Barcelona, Paris and New York. Since then I have developed an upward research career as PI, financed through competitive funds obtained from public agencies, foundations and private companies. We have participated in numerous European projects and led regional, national and international research networks on the pathophysiological mechanisms of obesity, diabetes and lipodystrophy, including research on the metabolic alterations in HIV patients. I am full professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UB since 2010. I act as advisor of multiple international research agencies and institutions. I have been director of the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB for 8 years, where I currently hold the position of scientific director. I have been member of steering committees of the CIBERobn and Sociedad Española de Estudio de la Obesidad.

        Research interest

        .Disturbances in energy balance lead to obesity and associated metabolic pathologies (e.g. diabetes or cardiovascular disease).These alterations involve disturbances in the capacity of the body to activate metabolic energy expenditure. My research activity is focused to the study of the molecular and cellular processes that control metabolic energy balance, the activity of brown fat (the main site of energy expenditure in mammals), and brown-versus-white adipose tissue plasticity. Recently, we paid particular attention to the secretory role of brown fat and the discovery of brown adipokines or “batokines”. “Batokines” are obvious candidates as biomarkers of metabolic disease as well as for the design of novel therapies, and therefore I am developing an intense translational research to determine their role in patients with obesity, diabetes, lipodystrophy and other complex metabolic diseases

        Key words

        metabolism, endocrinology, adipose, mitochondria, transcription

        ORCID

        0000-0003-1266-9142
      • Villaverde, Antonio UAB - 2013, 2008, 2018
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        Anotnio Villaverde

        Villaverde, Antonio

        Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina

        A. Villaverde is a Chair Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Genetics and Microbiology and leader of the Nanobiotechnology group at the IBB, Autonomous University of Barcelona. He coordinates a research team of 20 people, fully integrated in the Networking Biomedical Research Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine. He also leads the Applied and Basic Microbiology team of the Generalitat de Catalunya. A. Villaverde has authored around 300 peer-reviewed papers on microbiology-biotechnology-nanoscience interfaces, apart from around 340 communications to conferences, several books, book chapters and 16 patents, among which 7 have been licensed. In 2002, A. Villaverde founded the journal Microbial Cell Factories (ISSN: 1475-2859) and in 2017, the spin-off company Nanoligent SL, devoted to develop precision nanomedicines for cancer. From his publication record, A. Villaverde has received, so far, a total of 11,617 citations, with an h-index of 54.

        Research interest

        My activities can be summarized by two main research lines:

        1- Design of self-assembling, protein-only nanoparticles for cell-targeted drug delivery. We develop peptidic ligands of cell surface tumoral markers as convenient functional agents of innovative antitumoral drugs and drug vehicles. By that, we generate novel nanostructured agents resulting from biofabrication, for selective drug delivery and precision cance medicines.

        2- Design or artificial secretory granules as in vivo depots for slow drug release. We generate mimetics of secretory granules from the endocrine system, based on the selective coordination of functional therapeutic proteins and divalent cations. The resulting micron-scale clusters, containing a unique protein species, act as protein depots that are disintegrated, upon subcutaneous administration, to release protein drugs in a time-sustained manner. This principle is being adapted to a variety of diseases and biomedical uses, including vaccination. 

        Key words

        Biotechnology; Nanomedicine; Nanobiotechnology; Biomaterials; Recombinant proteins

        ORCID

        0000-0002-2615-4521

        Resercher ID

        N-3986-2018
      • Zorzano Olarte, Antonio UB - 2013, 2019
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        Zorzano Olarte, Antonio

        Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Bioquímica i Biomedicina Molecular

        Antonio Zorzano is  Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona, Group Leader at the IRB Barcelona, and Programme Head at CIBERDEM. Professor Zorzano received his PhD in Biology at the University of Barcelona, and did postdoctoral studies at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal, (Madrid), and at Boston University Medical Center. He has supervised  40 Ph.D. theses, is co-inventor of 21 patents, and has published over 300 scientific articles (more than 31,000 citations, h-index of 82, Google Scholar). He has been founder of  biotechnological companies in Spain and in UK.

        Professor Zorzano’s research focuses on the regulation of metabolism and its interplay with insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes. A global goal is to identify and validate molecular targets that permit the prevention or treatment of metabolic diseases  by using cell-based systems, genetically modified mice, and translational approaches.

        Research interest

        A major objective of my laboratory is to understand the biology mitochondrial dynamics proteins, the mitophagy pathways, and the relative role of these mitochondrial components in the triggering of inflammation. We are also interested in the manipulation of these pathways for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and type 2 diabetes (T2D).  The specific objectives are described below.

        A) Analysis of the proteins involved in the transfer of phosphatidylserine (PS) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to mitochondria, and precise role of Mitofusin 2.

        B) Functional role of the autophagy protein TP53INP2 on energy metabolism and mechanisms involved.

        C) Identification of mitochondrial pathways triggering inflammation in muscle cells, and the connection between mitochondrial morphology and inflammation.

        Key words

        mitochondria, mitochondrial dynamics, mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum contact sites, autophagy, diabetes, obesity

        ORCID

        0000-0002-1638-0306

        Resercher ID

        R-5479-2018