New ICREAs

ICREA is an expanding community. Each year, new research professors join ICREA after the ICREA call. This is a list of the most recent incorporations. We would like to give them all a very warm welcome to the ICREA community: Benvinguts!

Conrado Aparicio

Engineering Sciences
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
1 Sep, 2024
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Conrado Aparicio

Dr. Aparicio, a materials scientist and engineer by training, has carried out for over two decades multidisciplinary research on bioinspired biomaterials and interfaces for directing biological responses to repair/regenerate bone and oral mucosa as well as to prevent bacterial infections for dental and orthopedics applications. Using inspiration from nature’s molecules and structures, his team designs and develops bioactive surfaces using supramolecular assembly and enabling spatial-temporal control of bioactive responses. After starting his academic career at Barcelona Tech (UPC) he moved to the University of Minnesota (UMN). After 12 years in Minnesota, Dr. Aparicio returned to his hometown, Barcelona, in 2021 as FBA-BIST-UIC fellow and he was vice-rector for Research, Innovation and Transfer of Knowledge at UIC Barcelona. Dr. Aparicio is elected fellow of AIMBE-American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Jorge Bures

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ)
1 Jul, 2024
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Jordi is an organic chemist working on the development of more economical and sustainable processes guided by a mechanistic understanding of organic reactions. He earned his PhD from the University of Barcelona and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute in California. Since 2013, he has developed his research career in the UK, at Imperial College London and The University of Manchester, where he currently holds an Honorary Professor position. Starting in 2024, he will lead a research group at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). His innovative approach to the kinetic analysis of chemical reaction profiles has empowered his research group, and many others, to develop more efficient processes in a rational manner.

Frédéric Courbin

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
1 Jun, 2024
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The research of Prof. Courbin is in observational cosmology and in gravitational lensing in all regimes: strong, weak, micro and milli, which he uses to measure the Hubble constant and address the so-called Hubble tension between early and late Universe. He was granted an ERC Advanced Grant in 2018, COSMICLENS, specifically on time delay cosmography. He has leading roles in the ESA-NASA Euclid mission and is involved In the Spanish-led ESA-ARRAKIHS mission to study the nature of dark matter. He is also a member of the Rubin-LSST  time domain survey. Frédéric Courbin was previously a Professor at EPFL in Switzerland.

Bahareh Khezri

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
1 Jan, 2024
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Bahareh Khezri

Bahareh Khezri's academic journey spans the globe, starting in Iran and taking her through Singapore (ASTAR, NTU, CARES, NRF/CREATE) the UK (University of Cambridge), and esteemed European institutions (VSCHT (CZ), ICIQ and URV (Spain)). With expertise in chemistry and materials science, she earned her Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2013. Her research focuses on multifunctional materials for energy applications like water splitting and CO2 reduction, involving precise tuning of catalyst properties and crafting nanomaterials. She also explores synthetic micro/nanorobots with applications in environmental and biomedical engineering, offering innovative solutions for pollution remediation and drug delivery. Her work addresses critical materials science challenges, aiming for a sustainable and advanced future. 

Kostas Kostarelos

Life & Medical Sciences
Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)
1 Jan, 2024
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Kostas Kostarelos

Kostas has contributed to the discovery, development and clinical translation of nanomaterials and engineered nanoscale particle systems in medicine and biology. Kostas (PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, 1996) was the first named Chair of Nanomedicine in the UK in 2007 at the University College London (UCL) School of Pharmacy. He has spent all of his career developing research programmes within biomedical research institutions in the USA and the UK. He is leading the Nanomedicine Lab (www.nanomedicinelab.com) at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain). He is also Professor of Nanomedicine at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health at the University of Manchester (UK).

Karim Lekadir

Engineering Sciences
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
1 Jan, 2024
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Karim Lekadir

Karim Lekadir in an ICREA Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Barcelona. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College London and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. He investigates new data science techniques for trustworthy and ethical artificial intelligence in medicine. He has been PI in 12 EU-funded projects, coordinated 5 Horizon projects, and was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant to investigate new AI techniques tailored to resource-limited settings.

Joao Marques Silva

Engineering Sciences
Universitat de Lleida (UdL)
1 Apr, 2024
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Joao Marques Silva

Joao Marques-Silva (PhD, Univ. Michigan, USA) is an ICREA Research Professor, working at UdL. His research work is at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Automated Reasoning, currently focusing on eXplainable AI. He has held senior research and academic positions at CNRS, France, Univ. College Dublin, Ireland, Univ. Southampton, United  Kingdom, and Univ. Lisbon, Portugal. Joao Marques-Silva is a fellow of IEEE and EurAI and the recipient of the 2009 CAV Award.

Anaëlle Maury

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (CSIC - ICE)
1 Jun, 2024
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Anaëlle Maury

Anaëlle Maury is an astrophysicist (PhD Université Paris VII, 2009) who investigates the birth of stars like our Sun, and the physics to build the first seeds for planets around them. She is now an ICREA research professor with the Institute for Space Sciences, where she will develop her group with the ERC Advanced Grant PEBBLES. Her research has been focusing on understanding processes responsible for the properties of stars when they form in our Galaxy, and on the role of magnetic fields in the construction of protoplanetary disks. At ICE, her team will focus on studying the physics at work for evolution of astrophysical dust into small solid particles which will become planetary systems, using state-of-the-art astronomical data from the most advanced observatories as well as models of star formation including all the relevant physical processes.

Oriol Romero-Isart

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
1 May, 2024
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Oriol Romero-Isart

Oriol Romero-Isart is an ICREA Research Professor at ICFO, leading a group in macroscopic quantum optics theory. He obtained his PhD from UAB in 2008 and then held a postdoctoral position at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Munich. Later, he served as a professor and research group leader at the University of Innsbruck and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on developing theoretical models and experimental proposals for controlling levitated nanoparticles in the quantum regime, with a special focus on preparing macroscopic quantum superpositions. He has received an ERC Starting Grant and is currently coordinating an ERC Synergy Grant.

Manuel Salmeron

Engineering Sciences
Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)
1 Jan, 2024
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Manuel Salmerón

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez is ICREA Research Professor at Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC). Manuel is a bioengineer working on advanced biomaterials for cell and tissue engineering, to develop in vitro models and as tools for mechanobiology. His group engineer materials to provide control of the local cellular microenvironment, both biochemically and biophysically. Manuel holds an ERC AdG to develop the next generation of viscoelastic materials to understand this important property of the extracellular matrix in the context of tissue regeneration. Manuel was Professor of Applied Physics in Valencia until his relocation to Glasgow in 2013 as Chair of Biomedical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy for Arts and Sciences.

Masaya Yoshida

Humanities
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
1 Jul, 2024
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I am working on natural language syntax and experimental psycholinguistics, focusing on the mechanisms underlying online sentence processing. As a formal linguist, my research focuses on human language, particularly the grammatical structures of human language. Specifically, I have been focusing on the ellipsis phenomenon and the grammatical structures associated with ellipsis sites, which are the omitted portions of sentences. As a psycholinguist, I am interested in the mechanisms underlying online sentence processing. My research addresses several key questions: Are sophisticated and intricate grammatical structures constructed during online sentence processing? Is the time-course of online sentence processing sensitive to grammatical constraints? How are complex grammatical structures formed during online processing? In general, to understand the mechanisms of online sentence processing, I draw insights from formal grammatical studies into the process of online structure building.