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  • Battaglia, Giuseppe

    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)

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    Battaglia, Giuseppe

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

    <p><span>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 <strong>Molecular Bionics </strong>and I mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions.&nbsp; This can be summarised into four overlapping areas:</span></p>

    <p><u><strong>Molecular Engineering</strong></u></p>

    <p><span>We are engaged in several activities involving the synthesis and characterisation of novel hierarchal materials whose properties are the result of the holistic combination of its components. &nbsp;We combine synthetic and supramolecular chemistry to control self-assembly processes to form dynamic soft materials whose molecular, supramolecular and mesoscale structures are tuned and fit for the final application . &nbsp;</span></p>

    <p><u><strong>Physical Biology</strong></u></p>

    <p><span>We have developed and established new methodologies to study living systems and how synthetic materials interact with them combining holistically physical and life sciences. We have an active microscopy program where we both develop new imaging probes as well as novel ways to push the limit of both electron and optical microscopy.&nbsp;</span></p>

    <p><u><strong>Synthetic Biology</strong></u></p>

    <p><span>We engineer study models that can help to shed light on biological organisation and complexity by fine-tuning the different building blocks. We apply these to investigate biological organisation and complexity creating synthetic surrogates that act as models as well as to engineer novel sophisticated ways to interact with living organisms</span></p>

    <p><u><strong>Nanomedicine</strong></u></p>

    <p><span>We take inspiration from viruses, trafficking vesicles and exosomes to apply molecular engineering to create nanoscopic carriers that can navigate the human body with the final aim to improve drug delivery and/or create new diagnostic tools. We often focus this to specific clinical needs and we have an active program of research in Oncology, Neurology and Infection.</span></p>

    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

  • Belarte Franco, Maria Carme

    Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC)

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    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 based on large territorial organizations of the Central and Western Mediterranean Iron Age. My topics of research include urbanization and state formation, settlement patterns, architecture, funerary practices and rituals.

    My current research is conducted in North-eastern Iberian Peninsula, South of France and North of Africa, and focuses on two main issues. On the one hand, the urbanization process and its connection with state formation in the central and western Mediterranean. On the other hand, the study of funerary rituals, mortuary practices and the use of funerary space.

    Key words

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

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-2293-0482

  • BENET-MARTINEZ, Verònica

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    BENET-MARTINEZ, Verònica

    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

  • Biegert, Jens

    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)

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    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

  • Bijnens, Bart

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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    Bijnens, Bart

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    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 processing, 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 machine learning in order to find interpretable and easy to implement/deploy techniques for the identification of patients at risk for adverse events, especially mothers and fetuses in lower-income countries.

    Key words

    Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular Dynamics, Cardiac Function and Deformation

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-3130-6937

    RESEARCHER ID

    : C-2955-2008

  • Block Allen, David M.

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)

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    Block Allen, David M.

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Lleida (UdL)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    I have published articles, chapters and books on a variety of topics in applied and socio linguistics.. At present, I am drawing on political economy to develop frameworks for understanding globalization, internationalisation, multiculturalism, bi/multilingualism, identity and social movements. In my most recent work I have focussed on neoliberalism as the dominant ideology/rationality in contemporary societies, inequality in 21st century societies, and class as a key dimension of being in the world. This orientation is reflected in three books, Neoliberalism and Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2012; co-authored, with John Gray and Marnie Holborow), Social Class in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2014) and Political Economy in Sociolinguistics (Bloomsbury, 2018), as well as  numerous articles and book chapters. My latest book, Post-truth and Political Discourse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) came out in October 2018.  

    Key words

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

    ORCID

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