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

    Beppe's group research focuses on how molecules, macromolecules, viruses, vesicles, and whole cells traffic across our body barriers. Half of his group combines novel microscopic tools with theoretical and computational physics to study biological transport from the single molecules, cell membrane, to the whole organism. The group's other half translates the acquired knowledge to bioengineer novel nanomedicines, combining soft matter physics with synthetic chemistry. Here, the group designs bionic units that mimic specific biological functions and introduce operations that do not exist in nature. Beppe and his group apply a constructionist approach to mimic biological complexity in design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. They call such an effort, Molecular Bionics, and it involves inputs from physical science and engineering from one side and biomedical science.

    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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    Miguel Beistegui
    Beistegui, Miguel
    Research Professor at
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    I am a philosopher with a broad range of interests (ontology, aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy). I have also written monographs on Heidegger, Deleuze, Proust, Chillida, and Lacan.   My recent work was a trilogy on desire as: a genealogy of desire as a way of understanding who we are, as a process of subjectivation, and a specifically liberal technique of government; a constructive approach to the self, aimed at exploring alternative and emancipatory practices.   My most recent book is a critique of, and a reflection on ways to overcome, the forces, such as stupidity and spite, that diminish our ability to think and our agency (individual or collective). My current book project, Philosophy in a Time of Crisis, aims to: construct a rigorous concept of crisis; distinguish between types and levels of crises; show how such a concept can help us better understand, and engage with, the most significant crises of our time.  

    Key words

    Desire, Governmentality, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Genealogy, Subjectivity, Critique, Crisis.
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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. Within this general goal, as means of analysing these societies, I deal with more specific topics such as urban planning, architecture, household organisation, domestic activities and funerary practices and rituals. 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 societies of the Western Mediterranean, that integrates techniques coming from Bioarchaeology and Geoarchaeology, as well as Experimental Archaeology. It is expected that information on daily activities such as the use of fuels, natural resources management, diet or rituals related to fire will be enhanced. It is also expected that the methodology applied will be applicable to other domestic or artisanal structures and to other geographical areas.

    Key words

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

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-2293-0482

    RESEARCHER ID

    : AAB-6267-2019
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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