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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  • Brander, Christian

    Institut de Recerca de la Sida - IrsiCaixa (IrsiCaixa)

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    Brander, Christian

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Recerca de la Sida - IrsiCaixa (IrsiCaixa)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    Our group aims to understand the cellular immunity to viral infections in the immune compromised host, including HIV infected subjects and individuals undergoing organ transplantation. Using complementary sets of immune analyses and integrated -omics approaches, we seek to identify functional correlates of virus control and to explore their underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. A main focus lies on the definition of biomarkers of controlled HIV infection, for which we have established unique cohorts of HIV-infected and HIV-exposed, yet uninfected individuals. We developed and apply new ("boosted") flow cytometry tools and combine methylome and communicome analyses to assess to what degree and at what stages of HIV infection the effector function profiles of virus-specific T cells are epigenetically controlled. Our studies aim to refine future clinical trials of therapeutic HIV vaccination and to guide clinical management of viral infections in transplanted individuals

    Key words

    HIV, cellular immunity, host genetics, viral evolution, viral immunity in solid organ transplantation

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-0548-5778

  • Bromley, Stefan T.

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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    Bromley, Stefan T.

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    With the constant technological drive for device miniaturisation, materials are increasingly being used at scales of only a few 100s or 1000s of atoms (i.e. the nanoscale). Such nanomaterials often display novel size-dependent properties compared to materials at everyday length scales. Using powerful supercomputers and both atomistic and quantum modelling methods, we aim to provide a detailed predictive understanding of the structural, electronic and chemical properties of nanomaterials. Our focus is on how nanomaterials evolve with increasing size, and designing new materials from nanoscale building blocks. Our research follows three main themes: (i) nanoclusters and nanostructured materials for energy applications (e.g TiO2, ZnO), (ii) nucleation and properties of astronomically important nanomaterials (e.g. TiC, silicates), (iii) design of nanostructured materials using organic molecular building blocks for electronics/spintronics.

    Key words

    Nanoclusters, Computational Modelling, Nanostructured Materials

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7037-0475

    RESEARCHER ID

    : A-2481-2009

  • Brucet, Sandra

    Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC)

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    Brucet, Sandra

    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    The research of our group focuses on the response of aquatic ecosystems and their biodiversity to global changes, such as eutrophication, habitat destruction or global warming. We use the organisms’ size structure as an alternative to taxonomical approaches to assess biodiversity and ecosystem processes. We are also interested in basic and applied aspects of ecological theories relating organisms’ body size, metabolism and temperature. Our research is holistic including the whole trophic structure from phytoplankton to fish. We focus on different aquatic ecosystems (lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands) and use complementary approaches such as experiments, latitudinal comparisons and models. Ultimately, we aim to apply our research results to solving problems related with the conservation of aquatic ecosystems, especially those affecting autochthonous species and degraded habitats.

     

    Key words

    biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, global change, aquatic ecosystems, ecoinformatics

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-0494-1161

  • Burjachs Casas, Francesc

    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)

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    Burjachs Casas, Francesc

    Research Professor at
    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My investigation seeks to understand the climatic changes that happened along human evolution. This information is important to appreciate some of the factors which have influenced our evolution towards the current species. More precisely, my work is developed in the science of Palynology, which basically consists in the study of the fossil pollen trapped in the soil that our ancestors stepped on. In this way, we can describe the landscape in which they lived, the climate they endured, the vegetables they ate, etc.

    Key words

    Pollen analysis, archaeopalynology, prehistory, palaeoclimatology, palaeoenvironment, social evolution.

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7200-9552

    RESEARCHER ID

    : G-2064-2015

  • Cabot Sagrera, Jordi

    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

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    Cabot Sagrera, Jordi

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    My research falls into the broad area of systems and software engineering, especially promoting the rigorous use of software models and engineering principles in all software engineering tasks while keeping an eye on the most unpredictable element in any project: the people involved in it. Current research topics include the development of pragmatic formal verification techniques to assess the quality and security of software systems, the analysis and data mining of open source projects (and the communities around them) to optimize their collaboration and organizational structures and the study of scalability challenges in the design and deployment of large systems.

    Key words

    software engineering, formal methods, quality, interdisciplinarity, open source

    ORCID

    : 0000-0003-2418-2489

    RESEARCHER ID

    : P-7723-2015

  • Cabot, Andreu

    Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)

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    Cabot, Andreu

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    My research focuses on the design, production and manipulation of nanocrystals and nanomaterials, their functional characterization and their technological application in the energy field. I use solution-based processes to produce these nanocrystals and to assemble them to the macroscale. Solution-based methods allow both a unique control over composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale and a high versatility in the development of socially and economically-relevant technologies. From an application point of view, I have centered my work in the development of materials for energy conversion and storage. In particular, my group develops solution-processed solar cells using spray deposition technologies, thermoelectric nanocomposites from the bottom-up assembly of colloidal nanocrystals and multi-metallic and metal-metal oxide nano-heterostructures for catalysis, including photo and electrocatalysis.

    Key words

    Nanomaterials, nanotechnology, energy, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, catalysis, photocatalysis, colloids