The ICREAs

ICREA research professors form a vibrant community of scientists and researchers in all areas of knowledge that contribute to the advancement of humankind by exploring, interpreting and questioning. Have a look and learn about their amazing discoveries and findings here:

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    Jose Apesteguia
    Apesteguia, Jose
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    In my research I study individual decision-making with an emphasis on its psychological foundations. I use theoretical tools as well as adopt an empirical approach to try to better understand individual decision-making, and to improve the predictive power of the decision-making models in economic environments.

    Key words

    Behavioral economics, Decision theory, Bounded rationality, Political Economy
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    Jordi Arbiol
    Arbiol Cobos, Jordi
    Research Professor at
    Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    Exploring the limits of physical resolution in advanced electron microscopy and understanding the ultimate behavior of materials at the nanoscale and their related properties are the central aims of our research. Main research lines: 1) Single atom recognition and localization in embedded quantum and nanostructures. From the atomic resolution data we obtain in the aberration corrected electron microscopes we create 3D atomic models of the nanosystems studied to get full knowledge on their growth mechanisms. 2) Direct correlation between the structure and elemental composition at the atomic scale and the physical properties at sub-nanometer scale: study of the photonic, plasmonic and phononic properties of the nanomaterials, correlated to simulated theoretical models. 3) Development of in-situ / in-operando experiments in the TEM to understand the physical and chemical phenomena promoting energy mechansims, correlating theoretical models with 

    Key words

    Materials Science, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Nanoscopy, Nanotechnology, Electron Spectroscopy, photonics, plasmonics, phononics, single atom, atomic resolution

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-0695-1726

    RESEARCHER ID

    : B-6048-2008
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    Joaquín Arribas
    Arribas López, Joaquín Vicente
    Research Professor at
    Parc de Salut Mar (PSMAR)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    1. Evaluation of the activity of anti-cancer therapies, including immune therapies, in cancer patient-derivedcancer xenografts.
    2. Development of novel therapeutic strategies to treat breast and pancreatic tumors and identify mechanisms of resistance to current therapies.
    3. Development and preclinical characterization of T cell-based therapies -bispecific antibodies and chimeric antigen receports- against tumor-specific antigens.
    4. Characterization of the role of cellular senescence in breast cancer progression and treatment. 

    Key words

    breast cancer, HER2, immunotherapy, metalloproteases, senescence, metastasis
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    Salvador Aznar Benitah
    Aznar Benitah, Salvador
    Research Professor at
    Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB Barcelona)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    Our global aim is to characterize the molecular pathways that regulate the behaviour of normal stem cells during homeostasis, and how they become deregulated during carcinogenesis and ageing. Research Lines: - What intrinsic mechanisms regulate adult stem cell function, and how are they deregulated during ageing and cancer? - How do adult stem cells communicate with their local environment and how is the system coordinated to dictate stem cell function? - What systemic cues communicate with adult stem cells and how do distant adult stem cells coordinate their function at the level of the whole organism? - How does deregulation of pathways that control stem cell behaviour contribute to the maintenance and progression of carcinomas?

    Key words

    Adult Stem cells, tissue homeostasis, cancer
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    Joan Bagaria
    Bagaria i Pigrau, Joan
    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    I am a mathematical logician working mainly in Set Theory, an extremely general theory whose objects of study are the abstract infinite sets. Set Theory is the strongest and most encompassing of mathematical theories. It is both the theory of infinity and the standard foundation for mathematics, in the sense that virtually all of mathematics can be formally reduced to it. I help to develop and apply sophisticated techniques, such as Forcing and Large Cardinals, towards the solution of hard problems in Set Theory itself and in other areas of logic and mathematics. More interestingly, it is sometimes possible to prove that a given problem cannot be solved using standard mathematical tools, which are embodied in the standard Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice (ZFC) axioms of Set Theory, and therefore new axioms are needed for its solution. Finding and classifying new axioms, thereby expanding the frontiers of mathematical reasoning, is also an essential part of set theory, and of my work.

    Key words

    Set theory, logic, foundations and philosophy of mathematics.

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-4686-8222

    RESEARCHER ID

    : L-5958-2014
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    Pau Baizán
    Baizán Muñoz, Pau
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    My research focuses on improving our understanding of the patterns and causes of family formation and dissolution in various social, economic, cultural, and political settings. I investigate questions such as, “What is the impact of changing gender roles on fertility behaviour? To what extent does employment insecurity affect the likelihood to have a child? Why are there socio-economic differentials in parental child care?”.

    A second line of research focuses on international migration and seeks to answer such questions as “Does economic restructuring influence international migration? How international migration impacts family dynamics? Does migration lead to an increase in educational investments in the origin countries?”.

    Key words

    fertility, migration, family formation, social policies, event history analysis

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-0117-8794

    RESEARCHER ID

    : B-7571-2014