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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    Giuseppe Battaglia
    Battaglia, Giuseppe
    Research Professor at
    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    I have put together a truly interdisciplinary collection of research activities where we address biological challenges (often associated with a specific clinical need) using a constructionist approach. I have christened this approach Molecular Bionics and I mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. We employ Chemistry and Physics together to engineer synthesis and characterisation of novel hierarchal materials whose properties are the result of the holistic combination of its components (Molecular Engineering). We apply these for tackling clinical challenges associated with drug delivery and diagnostics where we engange with clinicians to design new therapies (Nanomedicine). We study in detail transport phenomena in our body to shed light on how material is tranported and processed as well as biological barrer can be overcame (Physical Biology).

    Key words

    Nanomedicine, drug delivery, polymersomes, block copolymer, biomaterials, physical biology, endocytosis, targeting, active matter, polymer synthesis

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0003-3349-6770

    RESEARCHER ID

    : I-2142-2013
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    Carme Belarte
    Belarte Franco, Maria Carme
    Research Professor at
    Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    The general goal of my research is to study the processes that transformed the Late Bronze Age local-scale groups into the complex societies of the Western Mediterranean Iron Age. My research topics include urbanization, state formation, architecture, funerary practices and rituals. My current research focuses on the study of Iron Age societies through the analysis of domestic space. In 2020 I have started the project Transdisciplinary and experimental study of combustion structures in the western Mediterranean during protohistory. It aims to implement an interdisciplinary methodology to the study of fire installations in the Iron Age Western Mediterranean societies, that integrates specialities such as bioarchaeology or geoarchaeology, as well as experimental archaeology. It is expected that information on daily activities such as diet, fuels, natural resources management or rituals related to fire will be enhanced.

    Key words

    Protohistoric societies, Iron Age, Western Mediterranean, domestic architecture, experimental archaeology, building techniques, town planning, settlement patterns, archaeology of death and rituals, combustion structures

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-2293-0482
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    Verònica Benet
    Benet-Martínez, Verónica
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    Using observational and experimental research designs and different types of data (survey, behavioral, social network) I examine the following issues: ACCULTURATION/MULTICULTURALISM: Dynamics and socio-cognitive correlates of managing two or more cultural affiliations and identities; Individual differences in bicultural identity structure; Biculturalism and social-networks; Consequences of biculturalism (social, cognitive, and adjustment-related). CULTURE AND PERSONALITY/SELF-CONCEPT: Identification and measurement of culture-specific and -general personality constructs; Interplay of cultural values and personality in predicting well-being; Bilingualism and self-schemas. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS: Cultural/linguistic issues in the development and adaptation of psychological scales and tests; Combined emic-etic methodology.

    Key words

    Cross/Cultural Psychology; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology;

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-3352-9731

    RESEARCHER ID

    : B-5398-2011
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    Jens Biegert
    Biegert, Jens
    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    Our research in attosecond science accesses the natural time scale of electronic motion, thus providing a unique tool to study the dynamic behaviour of the quantum world within atoms molecules and solids. Presently, we are witnessing an amazing convergence of attosecond physics, ultrafast x-ray science and xray free-electron laser research to address fundamental problems across physics, chemistry and material science with revolutionary new tools and methodologies. The power of these investigations with attosecond soft x-ray pulses and quantum microscopy with single electrons is the ability to investigate fundamental problems such as molecular isomerization, energy harvesting, or e.g. superconductivity. 

    Key words

    attoscience, ultrafast dynamics, strong field physics, atomic and molecular physics, laser science, nonlinear optics, parametric interaction, soft X-ray, electron ion spectroscopy

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7556-501X

    RESEARCHER ID

    : D-2243-2009
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    Bart Bijnens
    Bijnens, Bart
    Research Professor at
    Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    Translational Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, focussing on assessing cardiac function and understanding changes induced by disease and how treatment can modulate this remodelling. This is approached by integrating information handling and computing, combined with basic pathophysiology knowledge in order to advance clinical sciences. This implies an approach from basic understanding of disease towards a clinical study; selecting/designing appropriate investigational tools to assess relevant clinical parameters; quantifying diagnostic information (from clinical information to imaging data) to extract pertinent information and interpreting results and relate them to pathophysiology. Recent projects include the combination of computational modelling with interpretable machine learning in order to find easy to implement/deploy techniques for the identification of patients at risk for adverse events, as well as to improve our understanding of disease and decission making.

    Key words

    Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Dynamics, Cardiac Function and Deformation

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-3130-6937

    RESEARCHER ID

    : C-2955-2008
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    David Block
    Block Allen, David M.
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    Over the past ten years I have focused primarily on the dominant form of capitalism in the early 21st century (AKA neoliberalism) and the inequality and class warfare it has wrought. My most recent work examines four different aspects of contemporary society: (1) ‘post-truth’ and related concepts and the critical analysis of discourses in the hyper-mediatised, toxic-informational environment in which we live; (2) the internationalization and Englishization of higher education worldwide as part of the broader neoliberalization of societies; (3) new ways of framing discussions of the construct ‘identity’ in the early 21stcentury (e.g. incorporating historical materialism and Marxist humanism); and (4) the roots and routes of intersectionality, via memoirs, biographies and other accounts of African American history and sociology and, in particular, Black feminism. I am co-editor, with Deborah Cameron, of Globalization and Language Teaching (Routledge, 2002) and with Sarah Khan, of The Secret Life of English-medium Instruction (Routledge, 2021). I am co-author, with John Gray and Marnie Holborow, of Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2012). I am sole author of The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition (Edinburgh University Press, 2003); Multilingual Identities in a Global City: London Stories (Palgrave, 2006); Second Language Identities (Continuum, 2007; re-issued in 2014 as a ‘Bloomsbury Classic in Linguistics’); Social Class and Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2014), Political Economy and Sociolinguistics: Neoliberalism, Inequality and Social class (Bloomsbury, 2018; shortlisted for the 2019 BAAL Book Prize) and Post-Truth and Political Discourse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). I am currently writing a book entitled Innovations and Challenges in Identity Research (Routledge, 2021). 

    Key words

    political economy, social class, identity, globalization, migration, ethnography

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0003-0783-3083