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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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  • Valcárcel Juárez, Juan

    Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG)

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    Valcárcel Juárez, Juan

    Research Professor at
    Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    The genome provides the instructions to build and maintain the function of a living organism. Strangely, in complex organisms these instructions are not written as continuous messages, but rather as smaller pieces interrupted by meaningless text. This arrangement has the advantage that the pieces can be combined in different ways to generate alternative instructions. We study the molecular machinery that puts messages together and how the production of alternative messages is regulated.

    Key words

    RNA processing, gene regulation
  • Valencia Herrera, Alfonso

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)

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    Valencia Herrera, Alfonso

    Research Professor at
    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    He is a computational biologist interested in the analysis of large collection of genomic information with particular emphasis in the study of protein interaction networks applied to Precision Medicine. His group is particularly interested in the application of text mining technology in Biomedicine.

     

    Key words

    Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Precision Medicine, Genomics, Text Mining, Cognitive Computing
  • Valenzuela, Sergio O.

    Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)

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    Valenzuela, Sergio O.

    Research Professor at
    Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    In recent years, electronic devices have been scaled down to nanoscale sizes where quantum effects begin to interfere with their functioning. Materials and devices in such scales often present unexpected and unintuitive physical properties. Prof. Valenzuela's Group focus is the development of novel devices, which are designed to gain insight of specific physical properties of the system components, relevant both for fundamental reasons and applications at the nanoscale. The current research interests of the group span Spintronics, Spin Caloritronics, and quantum transport in particular in graphene and topological insulators. For more information see: http://nanodevices.icn2.cat.

    Key words

    Spintronics, magnetism, quantum computing.
  • van den Bergh, Jeroen

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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    van den Bergh, Jeroen

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    The intersection of economics, environmental science and innovation studies. Work in recent years is focused on environmental innovation, notably renewable energy, the design of effective climate policy, assessment of climate policy impacts, carbon and energy rebound, and modelling a transition to a low-carbon economy. He makes frequent use of insights and approaches of behavioral and evolutionary economics. Past work covered integrated environmental-economic modelling, construction of aggregate performance indicators, contributions to the growth-versus-environment debate, economic aspects of dematerialization and recycling, and spatial/international aspects of environmental policy.

    Key words

    Environmental and resource economics | Energy and climate economics | Environmental science and ecological economics | Evolutionary economics and innovation studies | Spatial (regional, transport and urban) economics.

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-3415-3083

    RESEARCHER ID

    : C-7103-2008

  • van Hulst, Niek F.

    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)

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    van Hulst, Niek F.

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    My current interest is to control light interaction at the nanometer scale. To this end, my group specializes on optical antennas, with nanoscale hot spots, and on coherent control schemes to command light on the "femto-nano" scale. We study individual molecules, quantum dots and single proteins, in strong interaction with nanoantenna-cavities and sub-10-fs pulses; controlling excitation-emission rates, direction, spectra, polarization, single photon character. We focus particularly on long-lived coherences in single light-harvesting antenna complexes at native conditions, to unravel the remarkably high efficiency of energy conversion in such natural molecular antennas. At ICFO I aim to stimulate young researchers, towards well-rooted skilled scientists and assertive critical thinkers, ready to shape their future and sustain the world. To recharge, I like to touch ground in the Massis del Garraf or to stroll around the coast, inspired by the ancient Mediterranean waters.

    Key words

    NanoPhotonics, Single Molecules, Optical Antennas, Molecular Photonics, Quantum Coherence, Coherent Control, Energy Transfer

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-4630-1776

    RESEARCHER ID

    : J-2121-2012

  • Verde, Licia

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Verde, Licia

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    I am interested in Cosmology, which is the study of the origin, evolution and composition of the universe. One of the recent discoveries in cosmology is that more than 70% of what makes up the universe is not even matter, but something that suggests that some energy is associated with the nothingness of vacuum. This component has been dubbed "dark energy". Dark energy may as well be one of the major problems in physics today and is motivating a host of future and planned experiments. I study the "large-scale distribution of galaxies" and the statistical properties of the heat left over from the big bang to shed some light on the universe composition, including the dark energy component, and its history.

    Key words

    Cosmology: large-scale structure of the Universe, interpretation of cosmological data, connection between theory and observations

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-2601-8770