ICREA Academia

El programa Academia de ICREA se lanzó en 2008 con el objetivo de impulsar y premiar la excelencia en la investigación de catedráticos. El programa contribuye a intensificar la investigación que llevan a cabo catedráticos universitarios que se encuentran en una fase totalmente activa y expansiva de sus carreras investigadoras. Los ganadores del galardón ICREA Academia, todos ellos catedráticos de universidades públicas de Cataluña, reciben una subvención considerable para la investigación durante un período de cinco años. La 9ª edición del programa se puso en marcha en septiembre de 2016. Hasta ahora se han concedido un total de 224 galardones ICREA Academia. Esta es la lista de los 115 galardonados por el programa Academia de ICREA que lo disfrutan en la actualidad.

  • Anduiza Perea, Eva UAB - 2015
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    Anduiza Perea, Eva

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Ciencia Política i Dret Públic

    I am associate professor at the Department of Political Science of the UAB since 2003. I hold a degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a postgraduate diploma in Social Science Data from the University of Essex, and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. Before joining the UAB I taught Political Science at the universities of Salamanca and Murcia. I am currently principal investigator of the research group on Democracy, Elections and Citizenship. I am a member of planning committee of the 5th Module of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and of the editorial boards of European Journal of Political Research, Acta Politica, and Political Studies among other outlets. I have been vicepresident of the Spanish Political Studies Association (AECPA) between 2009 and 2013. I was the first female scholar to have been awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for comparative social science research.

    Research interest

    I am interested in the analysis of the conditions under which citizens are more likely become politically engaged. For this purpose, I use mainly experimental and observational survey evidence, together with non-reactive data from social media and digital traces. I am particularly interested in how contexts of economic recession and political upheaval can influence political attitudes (such as political knowledge, satisfaction with democracy, perceptions about corruption, or populism). I am also interested in the analysis of the causes and consequences of political participation (both electoral turnout and political protest) and the factors that may enhance political equality by facilitating the political inclusion of disadvantaged citizens.

    Key words

    Political participation, attitude change, populism, corruption, social media, experiments, panel data

    ORCID

    0000-0003-0924-8064

    Resercher ID

    D-4829-2009
  • Benach de Rovira, Joan UPF - 2018
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    Benach de Rovira, Joan

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Political and Social Sciences

    Research interest

    <p>I substantially have contributed to Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities scholarship in research/health policy and knowledge transfer. In the last five years, my <em>main scientific contributions include papers</em> (n=28), and <em>books, reports, and other publications </em>(n=73), with <em>original analyses, reviews and commentaries</em> on employment conditions and precarious employment, the health intersections among social class, geography, migration, and gender, health policy analyses, and critical complex systems reviews. I’ve shown my research leadership in <em>many international projects and collaborations linked to scientists from all over the world</em> (e.g., Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, U.S.), giving many presentations, conferences, and workshops on the aforementioned subjects. A comprehensive bibliometric paper (Bouchard et al., Soc Sci Med, 2015) found that <em>I’m number 17 in the all-time ranking of the most productive authors in the health inequalities field</em> (1966-2014), and I’ve been in the ranking of the most highly cited scientists (multiple top 1% papers) in Social Sciences with remarkable h-index levels (e.g., my Google Scholar since 2013: 6,151 cites, h-index=44, and i10=119). In the last years, <em>my funding of grants as a PI or a key co-Investigator</em> (n=52) has come from public and private institutions, successfully obtaining peer-reviewed grants. I also have <em>directed many researchers from around the world, supervising graduate students</em>, including PhD dissertations (n=17), and MPH students at the UPF (n=19), and I’m currently the primary supervisor of 8 PhD dissertations. Moreover, as shown in my CV, <em>I developed many Knowledge Transfer activities </em>including collaborations with civil society groups and institutions, enhancing citizen science, the publication of reports, policy briefs, and leaflets for general audiences, as well as numerous appearances in the media and social networks.</p>


  • Chaqués Bonafont, Laura UB - 2014
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    Chaqués Bonafont, Laura

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dret Constitucional i Ciència Política

    Laura Chaqués Bonafont is Professor of Political Science (UB) and research fellow at the IBEI. BA in Economics (UB), MA in Political Science (New School for Social Research, New York), Phd in Political Economy (UB), and visiting professor at the University of Washington, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill among others. She is the author of three books, and a large number of articles published in top academic journals. She is the director of the Spanish Policy Agendas Project (www.ub.edu/spanishpolicyagendas) a research project aimed to analyze policy dynamics across time, issues, countries and levels of government. The project establishes a link between policy dynamics research and other areas of concern within political science, mainly media studies, political representation and the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. It also provides new tools for the development of quantitative measurement of policy dynamics. 

    Research interest

    My main research interests are (1) the analysis of agenda dynamics in a comparative perspective paying especial attention to the role of the media, and interest groups, and (2) the analysis of the quality of democracy in multilevel systems of governance. This means to explain to what extend Europeanization and increasing regionalism affects the capacity or/and willingness of policy makers to respond to electoral promises and citizen priorities; to analyze interest groups access to the policymaking process, and their mobilization strategies in a multilevel system of governance; and to analyze how the media affects the pattern of issue prioritization of political elites. To do that, I collaborate actively with an international network of scholars –the comparative agendas project—, aimed to provide new tools for the quantitative analysis of agenda dynamics across time, countries, policy issues and levels of governance.

    Key words

    policy dynamics, media agenda setting, political representation, interest organisations

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0724-4871
  • De León Borja, Margarita M UAB - 2018
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    De León Borja, Margarita M

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dep Ciencia Política i Dret Públic and Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP)

    Research interest

    <p>Over the past years I have carried out research in a number of interelated fields. Following from previous research, an important number of individual and collaborative work focused on comparative family policy, reconciliation policies and childcare,&nbsp;related also to migration and labour market outcomes. The book&nbsp;<em>The Transformation of Care in European Societies&nbsp;</em>edited by Palgrave in 2014 is perhaps the most significant outcome together with co-authored and single-authored papers published in top journals in the field such as&nbsp;<em>Journal of European Social Policy&nbsp;</em>(with Young J Choi, 2016 and with Ranci et al. 2018 <em>forthcoming</em>), <em>South European Society and Politics ( </em>with Pavolini, 2014<em>)&nbsp;</em>and <em>European Journal of Women's Studies</em> (2013). I have also contributed to&nbsp;various volumes edited by colleagues in Oxford University Press (Hemerijck, 2017&nbsp;<em>The Uses of Social Investment; </em>Dean and Platt, 2016<em> Social Advantage and Disadvantage, </em>and Hobson, 2013<em>, Work-Life Balance.</em>In parallel to this and closely related to research mentioned above, I have continued to work on issues related with Europeanisation and welfare reform with a specific focus on Southern Europe. The research project&nbsp;CABISE led by prof A. Guillén resulted in co-authored papers&nbsp;published in&nbsp;<em>SESP </em>(2014),<em> European Journal of Social Security </em>(2015)<em> and Comparative European Politics </em>(2015).&nbsp;Over the past years I have regularly presented my research in international academic forums such as the Council for European Studies (CES), The European Social Policy Network (ESPAnet) of which I have been board member until September 2018, ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) and European Consortium for Political REsearch (ECPR). Two important comparative research initiated&nbsp;1 or 2&nbsp;years ago are still ongoing: the East Asia-Southern Europe comparison with Prof. Estevez-Ave (WOPSI project) and the Italy-Spain comparison on party competition and social policy with Prof. Pavolini among others (ECECWEL).</p>


  • Escera, Carles UB - 2015
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    Escera, Carles

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology

    Carles Escera graduated in Psychology at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1987, and after his PhD in 1993, he gained postdoctoral experience at the University of Helsinki (Finland) scattered over several stays in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999. He became Associate Professor in 1997 and since 2010 he is Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. He was visiting professor at the University of Bremen (Germany) and Fellow of the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst (Germany) in 2004 and 2005. He has published over 100 papers in major journals in Psychology and Neurosciences (over 4100 citations, h=35), and he coordinated recently the ERANET-NEURON project “Probing the Auditory Novelty System” (2010-2103) and the “Spanish Network in Cognitive Neuroscience” (2009-2011). Currently, he is the director of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona, and the principal investigator of the Brainlab-Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group.

    Research interest

    His research group, the Brainlab at UB is interested in understanding the mysteries of the mind by deciphering the mechanisms of brain function, including those of attention, auditory perception, musical processing, and emotion, and how these mechanisms are disrupted in disorders such as autism, dyslexia, schizophrenia or attention deficit disorder. The approach in Brainlab is based on the recording of the human electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze event-related brain potentials and oscillatory activity. This approach is complemented with magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) and genetic analysis. At present, the Brainlab research is driven by the idea that even deep structures within the brain, such as the auditory brainstem, play a critical role in auditory cognition, contributing to speech, music and rhythm perception.

    Key words

    Psychology, cognitive neuroscience, attention, auditory perception

    ORCID

    0000-0001-8203-2951

    Resercher ID

    A-8658-201
  • Feixa Pampols, Carles UPF - 2016
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    Feixa Pampols, Carles

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Comunicació

    I am profesor of social anthropology at the University of Lleida. Doctor from the University of Barcelona and Honoris Causa from the University of Manizales (Colombia), I have been visiting scholar in Rome, Mexico City, Paris, Berkeley, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Newcastle and Lima. I am author or coauthor of more than 45 books, including De jovenes, bandas y tribus (Barcelona, 1998), Jovens na America Latina (São Paulo, 2004), Global Youth? (London & New York, Routledge, 2006), De la Generación@ a la #Generación (Barcelona, Ned, 2014) and Youth, Space and Time (Boston & Leiden, Brill, 2016). I have been a consultant on youth policies for the United Nations and Vicepresident for Europe of the research committee “Sociology of Youth” of the International Sociological Association. In 2017 I obtained the ICREA Academia of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

    Research interest

    The ERC-AdG Project (TRANSGANG), to be done during my ICREA Academia period, will focus on experiences of intervention by youth gangs of two transnational communities (Latinos and Arabs) in cities within three geographical and cultural regions -Southern Europe, North Africa and the Americas. The novelty of the project is two-sided. Firstly, it focuses on inclusive and positive aspects of gang membership and the positivation of their marginalized position within the social structure. Secondly, it uses a transnational comparative methodology, focused on a group rarely included in gang studies –Young Arabs- along with another over-studied group –Young Latinos. The ultimate goal is to develop a renewed transnational, inter-generational, intergeneric and transmedia approach to Twenty-First-century gangs, very different from the local, coeval, male and face-to-face model used for understanding gangs in the Twentieth century. 

    Key words

    Youth, Social change, Gangs, Migration, Violence, Mediation

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4874-1604

    Resercher ID

    J-8232-2012
  • Fuentemilla Garriga, Lluís UB - 2018
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    Fuentemilla Garriga, Lluís

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology

    Research interest

    <p>My research focusses on the cognitive neuroscience of memory, a field that studies the neural mechanisms and cognitive processes that support human memory. For seven years, I have lead the research group “Dynamics of Memory Formation” (DMF), which has established itself as an important reference point in this field in the world and has fostered transferrable knowledge to clinical settings.</p>

    <p>DMF group wants to understand how experiences are initially encoded, undergo further consolidation and are later retrieved. Our research used behavioural and neuroimaging electrophysiological techniques that combined with advanced analytical approaches, help us set out pioneering work emphasizing the critical role that neural replay exerts on memory. Our research covered studies on healthy population and neurological patients to guide and document the relevance of memory reactivation during working memory maintenance, memory recollection and sleep consolidation. Our findings had an impact on the field as they provided important insights of the neural mechanisms that underlie fundamental memory processes in humans, such as how novel experiences are integrated, updated and transformed into long-term memory traces by the brain. For example, we showed that the rapid memory reactivation of the just encoded sequence of episodic events influences how experience is carved and retrieved at long-term by promoting a bound representation of the continuous experience. Recently, we launched an innovative project that combined Artificial Intelligence and wearable technology to test mechanistic predictions derived from our work in real life environments with the goal to foster novel therapeutic strategies to ameliorate memory impairments in neurological patients from the Hospital of Bellvitge.</p>


  • González Luna, Libertad UPF - 2015
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    González Luna, Libertad

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Economia i Empresa

    Born and raised in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla), she received her BA in Economics from the University of Seville, and her PhD in Economics from Northwestern University. She has been a professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 2003. She is also an affiliated professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Germany), the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (CreAM, UCL), and the Columbia Population Research Center. She has been a visiting professor at Boston University, Columbia University (New York), UBC (Vancouver), and CREST (Paris). Her work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Journal, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics. She is currently an editor of the popular economics blog Nada Es Gratis. She has two children.

    Research interest

    Her research lies at the intersection of labor economics, public economics, and health economics. She usually exploits large micro-data sets, and uses applied econometrics techniques to uncover causal effects. She has studied the effects of taxes and subsidies on fertility and female labor supply, the economic impact of immigration, the effect of family law on divorce, labor supply, and savings, and recently the economic determinants of infant health.

    Key words

    Labor economics, public economics, immigration, family policy, fertility, female labor supply, divorce

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4555-9652

    Resercher ID

    D-6778-2013
  • Guillen i Estany, Montserrat UB - 2018
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    Guillen i Estany, Montserrat

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada, Riskcenter-IREA

    Research interest

    <p><span>My research is on insurance and risk quantification and I have specialized in statistical methods for actuarial science. This requires unique interdisciplinary talent involving mathematics, economics and statistics. High number of citations (1140 in JCR, 1,370 in Scopus). I am known for contributions to actuarial science and insurance (#1 woman in actuarial science rank Google Scholar). In risk analysis, I am currently developing new methods in telematics and digital analytics, with tools aimed at predicting from big data sources and a focus on risk measurement. I have been PI for international projects with over 40 researchers. I am local PI of EU funded project coordinated by the LSE and member of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries funded project on saving/investment decisions for pre and post-retirement. In the last 5 years, I have been director of the research group UBriskcenter in the global network of risk research units of the International Insurance Society. I have published articles in all the top journals in the field of insurance, risk management and actuarial science. I have been President of the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists (The Geneva Association). I am the only researcher that is on the editorial committee of the six most relevant journals in the area of Actuarial Science. (senior editor Astin Bulletin, The Journal of the International Actuarial Association, associate editor of The Journal of Risk and Insurance and of Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, co-editor of the North American Actuarial Journal). I was director and I am editor of SORT-Statistics and Operations Research Transactions, best Spanish journal in Probability and Statistics. I am honorary visiting professor at the City, University of London. In summer 2018, I have been research visitor of the Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk at the University of California, Berkeley, where I gave the inaugural autumn seminar and established research collaborations</span></p>


  • Lago Peñas, Ignacio UPF - 2018
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    Lago Peñas, Ignacio

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Political and Social Sciences

    Research interest

    <p>My research agenda in the last years has been mainly&nbsp;focused on how the details of political institutions affect the quality of democratic governance. Using&nbsp;a quantitative and comparative approach, my specific interests are the following:&nbsp;<br />
    &nbsp;</p>

    <ul>
    <li><em>The Political Consequences of Electoral Laws:</em> how electoral systems affect the number and type of parties entering the race through the incentives for behaving strategically. I have written papers dealing with the entry of new parties, the amount of strategic voting and&nbsp;the generation of partisan biases.</li>
    <li><em>The Political and Economic Consequences of Decentralization:</em> how the decentralization of power affects the nationalization of electoral politics, electoral accountability, decision making process of budget decisions&nbsp;and national unity.</li>
    <li><em>Political Behavior</em>: how voters' utility functions are created and change across elections and countries. Apart from focusing on economic voting and&nbsp;turnout, I am interested in the analysis of party strategies in election campaigns.&nbsp;</li>
    <li><em>Issues in Political Economy:</em> Based on rational-choice assumptions, I examine topics such as tax morale, the composition of public spending&nbsp;and&nbsp;budget structures.&nbsp;</li>
    <li><em>Nationalization of Electoral Politics:</em> The nationalization of party systems has entered the research agenda in the last years. It refers to the extent to which electoral competition follows a roughly similar pattern across the country’s subnational units. I&nbsp;examine&nbsp;the determinants and consequences of the nationalization of electoral politics.</li>
    <li><em>Sports &amp; Society: </em>The convergence of sports and society.</li>
    </ul>


  • Marco Pallares, Josep UB - 2018
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    Marco Pallares, Josep

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology

    Research interest

    <p>My research work in the last five years has aimed in achieving a better understanding of the human reward system. In concrete, I am very interested in studying brain oscillations, as they are the key mechanism responsible for the coordination of the different areas of the fronto-striatal reward network. By combining functional Magnetic Resonance Magnetic Imaging, Electroencephalography and reinforcement learning computational models, our group has been able to describe two key oscillatory mechanisms in reward processing and disentangle their functional role. First, we have been pioneers in describing a high frequency (beta-gamma) oscillatory mechanism underlying highly relevant rewarding stimuli, and to show that it is a neural signature of the engagement of fronto-striatal circuits in order to transmit a fast motivational value signal to the reward network. In addition, we have also found that theta oscillatory activity (4-8 Hz), generated in the medial prefrontal cortex, is responsible for the computation of unsigned reward prediction error, that is, the surprise generated by the difference between expected and real outcomes in learning contexts.</p>

    <p>My second main line of research has been the study of the neural mechanisms underlying musical pleasure. In concrete, for the first time, we have described the existence of healthy people with normal musical perception who do not enjoy with music, but show normal pleasure response for other rewarding stimuli, such as food, sex or money. This condition, known as specific musical anhedonia, might affect around 3% to 5% of healthy population. In addition, we have demonstrated that people with this condition present a reduced activaiton of the Ventral Striatum&nbsp;(a key area of the reward network) when listening to pleasurable music (but not when presented monetary rewards), due to a functional disconnection of this area&nbsp;with auditory perceptual areas.</p>


  • Mataro Serrat, Maria UB - 2018
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    Mataro Serrat, Maria

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology

    Research interest

    <p>My research interest in aging, cerebrovascular disease and plasticity&nbsp;led&nbsp;me into the study of the neurobiological bases of the cognitive deficits associated with vascular risk factors and the neuroplasticity mechanisms. It has contributed to the identification of cognitive-related cerebrovascular markers that might be critical in the early detection of individuals at high risk of cognitive decline. These include neuroimaging, sonographic and blood markers (Mataro&nbsp;et al., 2014; Lopez-Oloriz, 2014; Soriano et al., 2014; Santos et al., 2015; Gavidia-Bovadilla et al., 2017). We have also confirmed the sensitivity of these biomarkers to detect changes related to neuroplasticity in healthy as well as in stroke patients (Chyzhyk et al., 2014; Fernandez-Andujar et al., 2014; Dacosta et al., 2014, 2014, 2015; Stillman et al., 2016).</p>

    <p>The need for prevention and treatment of brain and cognitive decline associated with aging and dementia led&nbsp;to the development of the two current projects (NCT03123900, Marató&nbsp;TV3-2016). They aim to provide new evidence of the impact and effectiveness of neuroprotective non-pharmacological interventions and to promote the development of novel strategies in the field of neurorehabilitation.</p>

    <p>The first ongoing project is one of the first randomized trials that purport to address from the field of the neuroimaging, the neuroplasticity mechanisms underlying cognitive improvement in two types of intervention, physical exercise and cognitive training, and their combination. This project adds the most innovative challenge, the introduction of the metabolomics and gene expression analysis in this endeavor that allow the integration of three different omic modalities. In stroke patients, we are carrying out an evidenced-based multimodal investigation of combined intervention strategies to clarify the neuroplasticity mechanisms underlying physical exercise and mindfulness strategies in combination with cognitive training on post-stroke recovery.</p>


  • Moreno Serrano, Rosina UB - 2014
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    Moreno Serrano, Rosina

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Econometria, Estadística i Economia Espanyola

    Rosina Moreno is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona. She was a visiting professor at the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University, the Bruton Center for Development Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas as well as at the research center CRENOS in Sardinia. Her teaching areas are Econometrics and her current research interests focus on the main determinants of economic growth at the regional level. The results of her research have been published in both national and international journals as well as books and book chapters in prestigious publishers. She has also participated in several projects funded by the R&D National Plan continuously since 1999 and in three European projects (a H2020 project, two Framework Programmes and an ESPON), in most cases as leader of a workpackage. She has given seminars in many Spanish and foreign universities as well as several Masters and PhD courses on the topic of Spatial Econometrics.

    Research interest

    Rosina Moreno has developed her scientific career in the field of spatial economics and more specifically, regional economics. From an empirical perspective, she has essentially made contributions in the field of regional economic growth and development. Within this field, she has paid attention to the study of regional disparities in key economic variables (such as productivity and innovation) and the role played by public, human and technological capital, the latter being the main research line at present. She has also made contributions to the study of the inter-regional and external impact of these effects through the use of the techniques given by Spatial Econometrics. She has combined the evidence obtained through empirical exercises exploiting the information in the regional aggregate data with that obtained through microdata at the firm level.

    Key words

    Regional Economics, Applied Economics, Knowledge, Externalities, Spatial Econometrics

    ORCID

    0000-0002-3500-8622

    Resercher ID

    D-4723-2014
  • Nadal Alemany, Roser UAB - 2014
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    Nadal Alemany, Roser

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Psicobiologia i Metodologia de les Ciències de la Salut

    Roser Nadal is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychobiology at the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona. She obtained her PhD in Psychology in 1992 at the UAB, completed postdoctoral stays in 1996-1997 at Wake Forest University (NC, USA) and got a tenure position in 1998. In 2000 she was Visiting Scholar at the University of California in San Francisco, in 2010 at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2013 at the British Columbia University. She has coauthored more than 70 publications. She was Vicedirector of the “Institut de Neurociències” of the UAB between 2010-16. She has been involved in a large number of outreach projects to disseminate public knowledge of Behavioral Neuroscience. She has been collaborating with several national and international funding agencies and scientific journals. She has contributed to the formation of several researchers, supervising 11 PhD theses, and without those students and other collaborators this award would not be possible.

    Research interest

    She has been studying in animal models: (1) the effects of acute and chronic exposure to stressors as putative animal models of post-traumatic stress disorders, and (2) the long-term effects of early stress (infantile and adolescent) on vulnerability to psychophatology (depression, anxiety, impulsivity and drug addiction) and their intergenerational transmission. The ultimate goal of her research is to understand the factors that confer resilience or vulnerability to stress and the gender-related differences in those factors. Once identified individual differences related to resilience to the negative effects of stress it will be possible to find markers that may be used to identify populations at risk or “protected populations”.

    Key words

    Animal behaviour, stress, individual differences, anxiety, early experiences

    ORCID

    0000-0001-8972-2525

    Resercher ID

    C-7977-2011
  • Nasarre Aznar, Sergio URV - 2015
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    Nasarre Aznar, Sergio

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Departament of Private, Procedural and Financial Law

    Full Professor of Civil Law and Director of the Housing Chair at the University Rovira i Virgili. Deputy Judge in the Court of Appeal of Tarragona. European Doctor in Law, holds an M.Phil. in Land Economy of the University of Cambridge. ICREA fellow since 2016. Author of four books, he has edited six more and has written over 80 scientific articles and book chapters. He has delivered over 130 invited speeches in 14 European countries. Appointed to various commissions to draft new pieces of legislation on trusts (2006), protection of mortgagors (2011), leases (2012 and 2017), housing policy (2012), intermediate tenures (2015). Called as expert to assess the Catalan Parliament and the European Commission. He has lead ten research projects on housing. Partner for the TenLaw project of the 7FP of the EU Commission on leases. Member of the core team of the EU Commission Project on Evictions and Homelessness, and of the EU Parliament project on cross-border acquisition of land.

    Research interest

    My main field of interest is the analysis of housing as a complex and multidisciplinary field of research, covering its whole spectrum, from the mortgage market until homelessness. Taking as central problem the access to housing, I address several factors that affect it, such as the types of tenures (full ownership, tenancies, shared ownership and temporal ownership), their funding (mortgage lending, eurohypothec, consumer protection against reckless lending and complex financial products), lenders’ refinancing mechanisms (covered bonds and securitization), cross-border acquisition of land and housing loss and its consequences (evictions and homelessness). To get the full picture, I have started up the first international and interdisciplinary UNESCO Housing Chair in the world. This holistic approach to housing has facilitated my engagement in the elaboration of several pieces of legislation and my participation in and leadership of several international research projects.

    Key words

    housing, mortgage, tenancies, intermediate tenures, evictions

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9086-2533

    Resercher ID

    Sergio Nasarre Aznar
  • Pereda Beltran, Noemí UB - 2016
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    Pereda Beltran, Noemí

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Psicologia Clínica i Psicobiologia

    Noemí Pereda (Barcelona, 1975) obtained her BSc in Psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she also obtained her PhD (Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award) in 2006. She was a visiting researcher in the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, where she understood the importance of building a culture of evidence in violence research. She became an Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she leads the 'Grup de Recerca en Victimització Infantil i Adolescent' (GReVIA). She serves as temporary adviser for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe for the study of child and adolescent victimization in Spain. She is also a member of the Catalan Ombudsman’s Advisory Council for the ‘Prevenció de la Tortura i altres Tractes o Penes Cruels, Inhumans o Degradants'. She provides in-service training for practitioners on violence against children sponsored by the Spanish and Catalan Governments. 

    Research interest

    Our research interest focuses on developmental victimology, a field that studies victimization of children and youth, the consequences for mental health of violent experiences at an early age, and the resilience factors individuals develop to cope with these experiences. At present, the GReVIA research is driven by the idea that the existence of a ‘v factor’, or a general victimology factor, in the structure of interpersonal victimization can be empirically demonstrated. This work has an enormous impact on the design of public policies for reducing the risk of victimization in children, and to raise public awareness about the situations of violence suffered by one of the most victimized groups in society. Our main goal is to foster an evidence-based approach that is able to produce valid and reliable results and help practitioners and public agencies to prevent violence against children. 

    Key words

    victimology, victim, children, trauma, violence, ptsd

    ORCID

    0000-0001-5329-9323

    Resercher ID

    C-5980-2011
  • Pérez Castrillo, David UAB - 2014
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    Pérez Castrillo, David

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Economia i Història Económica

    David Pérez-Castrillo earned a PhD in economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris, in 1991. He had previously graduated in Mathematics from the University of the Bask Country in Bilbao. He is currently Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE. He is also MOVE, CODE and CESIfo Research Affiliate. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, Journal of Public Economic Theory, and the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science. He has been awarded the Distinció per a la Promoció de la Recerca Universitària for Young Researchers, ICREA Academia chairs, the Prize Haralambos Simeonidis, and the Arrow Price of the BE Journal. His research on game theory and applied microeconomics has been published, among others, in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, and Management Science.

    Research interest

    David Pérez-Castrillo’s research interests include Economics of Innovation, theoretical and applied Game Theory, and Contract Theory. He is particularly interested in research that lies in the intersection between fields. For example, he uses matching market models to analyze the collaboration between academic researchers and firms, or the optimal incentive contracts in general equilibrium environments. More recently, he also builds new datasets to study from both empirical and theoretical points of view the research process and the dynamics of start-ups.

    Key words

    Economics of Innovation, Mechanism Design, Contract Theory, Game Theory, Industrial Economics

    ORCID

    0000-0002-1840-7621

    Resercher ID

    D-7585-2012
  • Pons, Xavier UAB - 2015
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    Pons, Xavier

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Geografia

    Xavier Pons received his BS in Biology in 1988, MS degrees in Botany and Geography in 1990 and 1995, and a PhD in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 1992 (UAB). His main work has been done in radiometric and geometric corrections of satellite imagery, cartography of land cover and ecological parameters from remote sensors and GIS development, both in terms of data structure, organization and international standards for geoservices, and in terms of software writing (MiraMon). He has also worked in forest fire hazards, implications of image data compression on RS and in analysis of landscape changes, water usage, snow coverage and droughts from long time series of satellite images. Dr. Pons is Full Professor at the Geography Department of the UAB and leads the research group GRUMETS, devoted to Geographical Information Science and composed by 20 people from the UAB, CREAF and EBD-CSIC.

    Research interest

    1. Climate models based on geographical analysis and high resolution and global RS/GIS databases (Big Data), and their application to detect spatial patterns of drought at different time scales. 2. Robust methodologies for comprehensive RS processing (geometric, radiometric, classification), with particular emphasis on global data to improve knowledge of land cover dynamics. 3. To contribute to standards for geoservices in the context of GMES/Copernicus, GEOSS, etc. 4. To properly address the spatialization of the quality in geographic information.

    Key words

    GIS, Remote Sensing, Climatology, Geography, Environmental Sciences

    ORCID

    0000-0002-6924-1641

    Resercher ID

    N-1202-2014
  • Sebastián Gallés, Núria UPF - 2018
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    Sebastián Gallés, Núria

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Teconologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions

    Research interest

    <p>Research in infants. The research has concentrated primarily on two areas: language processing mechanisms and emergence of social knowledge. Language: Several studies have explored the differences in gaze patterns between monolinguals and bilinguals in the first 2 years of life (<em>Ayneto &amp; Sebastian-Galles, 2017</em> and Fort et al 2018). We have also investigated differences in patterns of oscillatory brain activity in early language discrimination between monolingual and bilingual infants (<em>Nacar et al 2018</em>). Social knowledge: we have shown that native language influences preferences in 7 month-olds (Soley &amp; Sebastian-Galles, 2015). In collaboration with the univ. of Georgetown we have reported differences between monolingual, bilingual and trilingual toddlers in memory tasks (Brito et al. 2015).</p>

    <p>Research in adults. Investigation of individual differences in non-native speech perception. This line of research has resulted in several publications (Schmitz et al 2017, Diaz et al. 2015, 2016a, 2016b and Jin et al 2014) showing the relationship between different types of sublexical and lexical processing (and their relative importance) in determining individuals’ final attainment. Related to this research line we have investigated the relationship between perceptual and motor mechanisms in non-native speech perception (Schmitz et al 2016, 2018) Also in the speech perception domain we have reported structural brain differences between monolingual and bilingual individuals (Burgaleta et al. 2014, 2016) Another important line of research has been to investigate the neural underpinnings of the processing of social hierarchies in healthy and psychiatric populations (Santamaria et al 2014, 2015 and 2017).</p>

    <p>In collaboration with prof. Sunyer’s team we have investigated the relationship between environmental pollution and cognitive performance in school-age children (Forns et al. 2014, Sunyer et al 2015 and Lopez-Vicente et al 2016).</p>


  • Torcal, Mariano UPF - 2014
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    Torcal, Mariano

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departamento de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales

    Full Professor in Political Science at the Dept. of Political and Social Sci. since 2003 and co-director of the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Previously, he was the Spanish national coordinator of the ESS for twelve years and is currently the Vice President of WAPOR Latin America. He has published articles on topics such as political disaffection in new democracies, political trust, satisfaction with democracy, electoral behavior, and political participation in and serves on the editorial boards of various international journals. He is the co-author of Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies (Routledge 2006) and The Europeanization of National Polities? Citizenship and Support in a Post-Enlargement Union (Oxford University Press 2012) and has recently published another three books in the CIS.

    Research interest

    His research is focussed on several vital and interrelated questions related with multilevel governance and citizens' critical attitudes towards representative democratic institutions. Particularly relevant to his work is understanding the linkages between Europeans’ discontent with democratic institutions and the multilevel nature and scope of governance in European polities, and how the current economic crisis and the related social crisis have altered citizens' perceptions of the functioning of their representative democracies. Relatedly, his work seeks to shed light on how citizens' critical attitudes affect their general support for and understanding of democracy, and their effects on electoral behaviour in EU and national elections. Recently he has also obtained a research grant to study the effect of online participation on political attitudes, party preferences and political polarization.

    Key words

    Public Opinion, Eleccions, Party Systems, Survey Methodology, Political Behavior

    ORCID

    0000-0002-0060-1522
  • Urbano, David UAB - 2018
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    Urbano, David

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament d'Empresa (Department of Business)

    Research interest

    <p>My research interest is focused on the conditioning factors towards entrepreneurship. Particularly, the influence of environmental factors on entrepreneurial activity is analyzed in different contexts (regions and countries) using institutional economics as the theoretical framework. Also, diversity in entrepreneurship is considered in light of the institutional approach distinguishing the specificities of different types of entrepreneurial activities such as social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial universities, immigrant entrepreneurship&nbsp;and intrapreneurship. The methodology used has been quantitative, fundamentally based on data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, World Bank, World Values Survey, OCDE, etc., and qualitative, based on case studies following Yin (1984) and Eisenhardt (1989).</p>

    <p>Concerning the theoretical framework and according to North (1990), “institutions are the rules of the game in a society”. Institutions can be either formal (such as constitutions, regulations or contracts), or informal (such as attitudes, values, norms of behavior and conventions). In the entrepreneurship field, formal institutions are composed by support organizations and procedures to create a new company, and informal institutions are the entrepreneurial spirit and the cultural values that legitimize business activity. In the last 5 years the following streams of research have been developed (the references cited are listed in the CV):</p>

    <p>1) The development of a conceptual framework focused on the application of institutional economics for the analysis of entrepreneurship (Thornton et al., 2011; Alvarez et al., 2014).</p>

    <p>2) The analysis of formal and informal institutions as determinants of entrepreneurship, from both quantitative (Liñan et al., 2011; Urbano &amp; Alvarez, 2014) and qualitative approach (Urbano et al., 2011).</p>

    <p>3) The analysis of the diversity in entrepreneurship: social entrepreneurship (Urbano et al. 2016), entrepreneurial universities (Guerrero et al., 2015), etc.</p>


  • Barceló, Juan A. UAB - 2014
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    Barceló, Juan A.

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dept. Prehistoria

    Juan A. Barceló obtained a PhD in History and Archaeology in 1989 at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. After a 2 years Post-doctoral stage at the CNRS-Paris, collaborating with Jean Claude Gardin, he came back to the Department of Prehistory, Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, where he has being teaching and doing research on statistical issues in archeology. He is the founder and director of the Laboratory for Quantitative Archaeology and Computer Applications, and co-founder of the Laboratory for the Computer Simulation of Social and Historical Dynamics. He has been named President of the Spanish Association of Computer Applications in Archaeology, and represents Spain at the International Association on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology International Society, and Commission IV Data Management and Mathematics of the Union International for Prehistoric and Protohistoric sciences.

    Research interest

    Juan A. Barceló is interested in all questions related with the theoretical and methological development of Archaeology and the Historical sciences, notably on the domain of so-called Digital Humanities. He has investigated the suitability of modern statistical tools for the Spatial Analysis of archaeological data, and explored alternative methods for data mining, seriation and classification (neural networks, probabilistic graphical models, etc.). Currently, he is engaged in new artificial intelligence approaches to the analysis of social dynamics of past societies (computer simulation) and also in many projects related with Computer Assisted Visualization and Virtual Reality applied to Digital Heritage. As an archaeologist, he has participated in excavations in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Syria, Nicaragua and Argentina.

    Key words

    Archaeology, Computer Simulation, Computational Intelligence, Prehistory, Data Mining
  • Bielsa Mialet, Esperança UAB - 2018
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    Bielsa Mialet, Esperança

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament de Sociologia

    Research interest

    <p>I spent the first part of this last five year period writing up the main results of a research line centred on the relevance of translation, broadly understood as the experience of the foreign, for accounts of contemporary cosmopolitanism. I theorised the intersection between contemporary cosmopolitanism and translation and pursued empirical research on the translation of literature, social theory and foreign news. The main outcome of this research is the sole-authored monograph entitled&nbsp;<em>Cosmopolitanism and Translation. Investigations into the Experience of the Foreign&nbsp;</em>(Routledge 2016).&nbsp;</p>

    <p>I was PI of a nationally funded research project entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Openness to the Other: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Social Theory, Translation Studies and Philosophy’, involving a team of 5 researchers with diverse backgrounds in sociology, translation studies and philosophy. The project contributed to the development of new interdisciplinary perspectives on cosmopolitanism and introduced current debates on the new cosmopolitanism into Spanish sociology. This research was disseminated through the organisation of three international symposia on the topic. The main outcomes of the project were published in a special issue of&nbsp;<em>Papers. Revista de Sociologia&nbsp;</em>in 2015 entitled ‘Cosmopolitanism, Otherness, Translation’.</p>

    <p>During the last two years I have taken my research on cosmopolitanism and translation in a new direction by examining more centrally its political implications and by addressing contemporary debates on multilingualism. This research has been published in <em>European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology</em>, <em>Revista Internacional de Sociología</em> and <em>International Political Sociology</em>. I have also disseminated my work more widely through the writing of encyclopaedia articles and handbook chapters. In addition, I have recently secured two book contracts for the production of Routledge handbooks on translation and globalisation and on translation and media.</p>


  • Da Riva, Rocío UB - 2014
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    Da Riva, Rocío

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Història i Arqueologia

    Rocio Da Riva (Madrid 1972). I got my PhD in Assyriology at the University of Würzburg, Germany (2002). I have been conducting research in First Millennium BCE Babylonia: editing and studying cuneiform texts in different museums and tablet collections in Europe, America and the Middle East; and conducting archaeological field-work in the Middle East. I have published several monographs and articles on topics related to the political and social history of 1st millennium Babylonia. I have also edited the corpus of the Neo-Babylonian royal inscriptions, opening up a new line of investigation in the Assyriological discipline. I have conducted research in several European and North-American institutions during stays of varying lengths of time. I have also been invited to give lectures and seminars in several universities and research centres worldwide and I have participated in the main conferences of my field. I am member of  scientific societies in Europe and the Near East.

    Research interest

    My main research activity is in the field of Assyriology, and my research interest is 1st Millennium BCE Near East. I am preparing an edition of unpublished ritual texts from the British Museum dealing with temples in first Millennium BCE Babylonia. This research is based on the collaboration established since 1999 with the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Würzburg, my Alma Mater, and with the School of Oriental and African Studies of London. I am also the director of the archaeological expedition at the site of Sela (Jordan), in collaboration with the Directorate of Antiquities of Jordan. I am the author of several publications on topics related to historiography, Babylonian poetry and literature, etc. I am currently preparing an electronic edition of the Neo-Babylonian Royal Inscriptions. I am also interested in historiography of the Archaeology during the I World War.

    Key words

    Assyriology, Archaeology, Ancient Near East, Mesopotamia, Cuneiform

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7861-6196

    Resercher ID

    H-2609-2014
  • Espinal Farré, M. Teresa UAB - 2015
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    Espinal Farré, M. Teresa

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dept. Filologia Catalana / Centre de Ling. Teòrica

    I have a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Philology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - UAB, 1978), a Master of Arts in Linguistics (University of London, 1981), and a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics (UAB, 1985). Postdoctoral research stays at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Utrecht, and Université Paris 7-CNRS, and visiting professor at UNICAMP. I am Professor of Linguistics at the UAB (since 1999) and a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics (CLT). I have published five books, and edited two special issues of journals. I am the author of a number of articles in specialized journals (Lingua, Language, Journal of Linguistics, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences, Journal of Pragmatics, The Linguistic Review, Linguistics, International Journal of Lexicography, Linguisticae Investigationes, Probus, Glossa, among others), and in edited volumes.

    Research interest

    My main research interest is the theory of language. The most recent research focuses on the structure and meaning of negation in natural languages (single negation, expletive negation and double negation readings at the syntax-semantics interface and at the syntax-prosody-gesture interface), rejecting responses to negative assertions and questions, reference to kinds and to other generic expressions, the structure and meaning of bare nominals in Romance, weak referentiality and event modification, expletive determiners, the structure of vocatives, and the semantics of number, among other topics. Previous research dealt with different adverbial expressions and the adjunct / disjunct asymmetry, and the syntax and semantics of idioms. While the final goal of this theoretical research is to understand the structure of language, on a more applied level I am developing experimental research on how speakers assign specific readings to linguistic expressions.

    Key words

    Linguistic theory, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, experimental linguistics

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0002-8079-7253

    Resercher ID

    K-2862-2014
  • Fort, Joaquim UdG - 2014
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    Fort, Joaquim

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Departament de Física

    Joaquim Fort (1966) graduated in Physics in the Universitat de Barcelona (1989). Master in Cosmology in Tufts University (USA, 1991) with a Fulbright fellowship. Master in Physics (1993) and PhD in Physics (1997) in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Associate professor (since 1999) and full professor (since 2009) of Physics at the University of Girona. Author of over 100 research papers in scientific journals, including Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S. (PNAS) and Physical Review Letters. He has directed large research projects on prehistorical simulation, funded by the European Commission and the Spanish Consolider program.

    Research interest

    Although initially trained as a physicist, Fort has applied his background to the Humanities during the last two decades. His main contribution has been a new mathematical theory that computes the relative importance of the diffusion of populations and the diffusion of ideas in Europe (PNAS 2012). Previously he worked on a time-delayed theory of the Neolithic transition (since 1999), palaeolithic waves of advance (2004), cohabitation models (since 2007) and age-dependent effects (2010). His present research interests include cultural evolution (since 2011) and linguistic dynamics (since 2012). These works have been featured by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for American Archaeology, the American Physical Society, the UK Institute of Physics, etc.

    Key words

    Neolithic transition, cultural evolution,linguistic dynamics
  • Fradera Barceló, Josep Maria UPF - 2015
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    Fradera Barceló, Josep Maria

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Humanitats

    Full Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He graduated in the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona in 1976 and PhD in Modern History in 1983. Researcher at the IAS (Princeton) in 1987-1988 and visiting scholar at Harvard (1997, 2000, 2012 and 2013) and NYU (2004) and Princeton (2006) and Chicago as Tinker Fellowship (2009). He has published several books as sole author and has contributed to many other edited books and journals. In the last period: Endless Empire. Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Decline, Madison, 2012 (edited with McCoy and Jacobson) and Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, NY, 2013 (edited with Schmidt-Nowara). La nación imperial. Derechos, representación y ciudadanía en los imperios de Gran Bretaña, Francia, España y los Estados Unidos (1750-1918), Barcelona, Edhasa, 2 vols., 1376 pp.; The Imperial Nation, Princeton University Press (forthcoming).

     

    Research interest

    He works on two different research fields. One of them concerns to the Catalan and Spanish history of the Nineteenth and Twentieth-Centuries. Nonetheless, he is working and writing on the Spanish and European Empires of Modern World. He had published extensively on the political economy, politics and culture of the Spanish Empire, specifically on the Spanish Caribbean and the Philippines. He published a complete comparative history of political inequality (forms or representation; exclusion and segregation; unequal juridical régimes) in four Liberal empires (Spanish, French, British and the US) since 1750 up to 1918. In all four cases these aspects are placed in the political history of both, colonies and metropolis. Next project is considering to go back to a more precise explanation of how political responses and the expansion of social reform in the metropolitan and colonies as well settings influenced the general development of imperial policies all over the world.

    Key words

    Empires, colonies, identity, institutions, labor

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7881-6403

    Resercher ID

    M-7711-2014
  • Gallego, Ángel J. UAB - 2015
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    Gallego, Ángel J.

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Filologia Espanyola

    Iobtained my PhD in Cognitive Science and Language at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2007. I have made short-term visits to the University of Maryland, IKER / CNRS, the University of Cambridge, and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where I worked under the supervision of Juan Uriagereka, Ricardo Etxepare, Ian G. Roberts, and Ignacio Bosque respectively. I have been awarded different post-doctoral fellowships, including Ramón y Cajal in 2013. Currently, I am Prof. Agregat at the Dept. of Spanish Philology and the Secretary of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica at UAB. I have published in journals like, i.a., Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Theoretical Linguistics, and The Linguistic Review. Furthermore, I am the author of Phase Theory (John Benjamins, 2010) and have edited Phases. Developing the Framework (De Gruyter, 2012), 50 Years Later: Reflections on Chomsky’s Aspects (with D. Ott, MIT WPL, 2015) and Perspectivas de sintaxis formal (Akal, 2015).

    Research interest

    I am primarily interested in the areas of theoretical syntax and linguistic variation. In my work, I study syntactic phenomena and properties (locality, phrase structure, transformations, etc.) with an eye on trying to understand what they tell us about broader questions concerning the Language Faculty. I have specialized in Romance languages (particularly Iberian varieties, with special attention to Spanish and its dialectal variation). Since 2014, I am the main coordinator of the Syntactic Atlas of Spanish/Atlas Sintáctico del Español (ASinEs, www.asines.org), an on-going project devoted to the study of the syntactic variation of Spanish dialects and developed in cooperation with different centers, including the Real Academia Española. Finally, since I also consider it the responsibility of researchers to contribute to society by offering their expertise, part of my outreach activities is focused on helping improve the way in which language is taught at Secondary Education.

    Key words

    Syntax, linguistic variation, geolects, Spanish, Romance languages, atlas, database

    ORCID

    0000-0001-6352-458X

    Resercher ID

    D-3407-2013
  • García-Carpintero Sánchez-Miguel, Manuel UB - 2018
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    García-Carpintero Sánchez-Miguel, Manuel

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Filosofia

    Research interest

    <p>My work focuses on the relation of reference between expressions and concepts and entities in the world. A proper account, I argue, investigates referential contributions to other speech or mental acts, especially assertion and judgment. I argued in papers in <em>Mind</em> in 1998 and in the <em>Journal of Philosophy</em> in 2000 for a neo-Fregean approach on which, while referential expressions contribute their referents to the content asserted in utterances of simple subject-predicate declarative sentences – as Millians contend –, some reference-fixing descriptive material contributes to presuppositions. Such contents are part of the meaning of expressions, they account for the felt validity for some inferences, they embed under some operators, and so on. But they should be analyzed in terms of a pragmatic notion of what speakers take to be part of the common ground. In the past five years I have written my book on assertion, <em>Tell Me What You Know</em>, under contract with Oxford U. P., in which I elaborate on these claims, presenting my views on presupposition and its consequences for a proper account of assertion and asserted propositions. The book includes material published in compilations and journals such as <em>Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy</em>, <em>Topoi</em>, <em>Frontiers of Psychology</em>, <em>Synthese</em> and <em>Erkenntnis</em>. I have also developed my presuppositional account of reference by applying it to phenomena such as proper names and the predicativist view of them (a long paper in <em>Mind</em>), pure quotation (a recent paper in the <em>Journal of Philosophy</em>) and the <em>de se</em> (papers in <em>Synthese</em> and <em>Inquiry</em>). I have written on fiction, also applying there the presuppositional account of reference and my normative views on speech acts, in an outreach book in Cátedra and papers forthcoming in<em> Philosophy and Phenomenological Research</em>, <em>British Journal of Asthetics</em>, <em>Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism</em>, a special issue of <em>Grazer Philosophische Studien</em>, and other journals and compilations.</p>


  • Herranz Loncán, Alfonso UB - 2018
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    Herranz Loncán, Alfonso

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Economic History, Institutions, Policy and World Economics

    Research interest

    <p>My main line of research during the last 5 years has been the history of transport and market integration in the 19<sup>th</sup> century. On this topic, I have published papers on the growth impact of railways in Latin America (Revista de Historia Económica, 2014) and the Cape Colony (European Review of Economic History, 2018) before 1914, exploring also, for the latter, the distributional impact of railway investment. I have also analysed the mutual interaction between railway construction, exports and state capacity in Latin America before 1914 (Economic History Review, 2015). Finally, I have completed a research on the integration of the Spanish money market during the 19<sup>th</sup> century (CEPR working paper 12453; 2nd R&amp;R in the Journal of Economic History).</p>

    <p>On the same area, I am currently developing a project (funded by the Spanish Education Ministry and the BBVA Foundation) on the determinants of British investment in Latin American railways, based on information collected at the London Stock Exchange archive. And, directly related with the topic of market integration in Latin America, I have been PI of two projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science on the evolution and determinants of regional inequality in the region (grants ECO2012-39169-C03-03 and ECO2015-65049-C2-2).</p>

    <p>In parallel to this main topic, I have been working on three additional ones:</p>

    <p>-the historical measurement of GDP in Latin America, with a paper on Bolivian economic growth since the mid-19<sup>th</sup> century published in Cliometrica (2016), whose results have been incorporated to the Maddison project database.</p>

    <p>-an analysis of the relationship between military expenditures and coups d’état in late 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> century Spain (under revision at the Economic History Review).</p>

    <p>-an analysis of the historical evolution of intergenerational transfers in Spain since 1950, carried out in the context of the “National Transfer Accounts” international project (<a href="http://www.ntaccounts.org/">www.ntaccounts.org</a>) (World Economic History Congress, 2018).</p>


  • McNally Seifert, Louise Elizabeth UPF - 2018
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    McNally Seifert, Louise Elizabeth

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge

    Research interest

    <p>My research is concerned with how we convey meaning through language, and how human language both resembles and crucially differs from other semiotic systems. Trained in formal and referential approaches to meaning, about 9 years ago I became interested in combining the strengths of these approaches with 1) insights from conceptual/internalist perspectives on meaning,&nbsp;and 2) the methodological benefits of the non-symbolic, vector-based, techniques for meaning representation that currently dominate computational semantics.</p>

    <p>In the last 5 years, this research program has gradually led me to a theory of meaning that in the sum of its parts is distinct from any that I am aware of. Its central thesis is that human language is unique&nbsp;1) in the way it integrates a system of potentially&nbsp;complex type descriptions, whose function is essentially to exploit but also to shape cognitive categorization, with a system of expressions for managing token reference under those descriptions; and 2) in affording differentiated combinatorial mechanisms for each of these systems.</p>

    <p>This theory has emerged from two main strands of research: 1) top-down efforts to develop a precise model for integrating referential and conceptual components of meaning, combining formal and vector-based models (McNally &amp; Boleda 2017, McNally 2017, Gehrke &amp; McNally, submitted); and 2) case studies on aspects of the syntax/semantics interface that are particularly telling for the integration of conceptual and referential semantics. The latter include: the syntax/semantics interface&nbsp;of type-level description&nbsp;vs. token reference (Grimm &amp; McNally 2013, 2015, 2016; Gehrke &amp; McNally, 2015, submitted); the grammatical and discourse conditions differentiating type-/token-level reference to&nbsp;entities, events, and properties&nbsp;(esp. Grimm &amp; McNally 2013, McNally &amp; de Swart 2015);&nbsp;and grammatically- vs. conceptually-grounded patterns of variation in verbal polysemy&nbsp;(McNally &amp; Spalek 2015, in prep.; Gehrke &amp; McNally, submitted).</p>


  • Moreno Bote, Rubén UPF - 2016
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    Moreno Bote, Rubén

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departamento de Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (DTIC)

    Dr Rubén Moreno-Bote is one of the leading scientists in population coding and neuronal dynamics approaches to brain functions. His theoretical and experimental work investigating the neural basis of decision making during ambiguous conditions.

    In 2010, he obtained a Ramon y Cajal Award in Psychology to become a scientific independent leader at the Foundation Sant Joan de Deu, where in 2011 he became the head of the Theoretical and Cognitive Neuroscience group. Currently, Dr Moreno-Bote is a Serra Hunter Professor at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC) and the Dept. of Communication and Information Technologies in the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. 

    The laboratory of Dr Moreno-Bote has very recently published in the two top journals of neuroscience, namely, Nature Neuroscience (2014) and Neuron (2016), in the topic of decoding large neuronal populations.

     

     

    Research interest

    The brain consists of 100 billion neurons that work together within intricate networks. The coordination of these neuronal networks ultimately leads to our perception of the world, reasoning and consciousness. Despite great progress, our current understanding of the brain is still very primitive. For instance, it is not well understood how information is represented in sensory cortex, and how this information is read out to form decisions, arguably the most basic brain computations.

    In the Theoretical and Cognitive Neuroscience group, we study the link between neuronal activity and perception. How is sensory information represented in neuronal activity? How is this information read out by downstream neurons to form a perceptual decision or make a choice?

     

    Key words

    cognition, visual perception, decision-making, neuroscience, neuronal networks, behavior
  • Narotzky Molleda, Susana UB - 2016
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    Narotzky Molleda, Susana

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2016
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Antropologia Social

    Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona (UB). She studied at the UB and at the New School for Social Research in New York, and obtained a MA degree in 1984 and a PhD in 1989. She has received among others a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Collaborative Research. She was a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York) and is past President of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA). She is presently Secretary and Officer of the American Association of Anthropology. She was a Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (2014-2016) and has been invited as Professeur invitée Labex TransferS, Paris, and as Hallsworth Visiting Professor, at the University of Manchester (2016). She is co-editor of the European Journal of Sociology and associate editor of the American Ethnologist.

    Research interest

    Her most recent project “Grassroots Economics: Meaning, Project and practice in the pursuit of livelihood” [GRECO] is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant (2013-18). It addresses how ordinary people’s experiences, their social and cultural constraints together with their intellectual models for understanding economic processes determine the livelihood projects they design, the practices they undertake and the effects of these on the large scale economy. A previous project “Addressing the Multiple Aspects of Sustainability: Policy Programs and Livelihood Projects”, funded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (2012-15), addressed conflicts emerging around economic, social and environmental crises. As scientific coordinator of a 7FP EU project “Models and their Effects on Development paths” [MEDEA] (2009-12) she explored the impact on ordinary livelihoods of industrial restructuring resulting in two edited volumes published by Routledge. 

    Key words

    Economic Anthropology, Informal Economy, Gender relations, Social Reproduction, Crisis

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7390-7840
  • Nieto Galan, Agustí UAB - 2018
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    Nieto Galan, Agustí

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Centre d'Història de la Ciència (CEHIC)/Department of Philosophy

    Research interest

    <p>In the last 5 years,&nbsp;I have been able to place my research on the history of science popularization (18th-20th centuries) in the mainstream international historiography. My case studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and cover subjects such as: popular astronomy, audiences of natural history, science and technology in International Exhibitions, the popularization of nuclear physics, science popularization during the Franco regime, a study of late-nineteenth century French popularizers, and more recently, the itinerant performances of "hunger artists". This research programme&nbsp;led to the publication of my book:&nbsp;<em>Science in the Public Sphere. A History of Lay Knowledge and Expertise </em>(Routledge, London 2016), which targets a global readership.</p>

    <p>My research on science popularization has also evolved&nbsp;towards a new field: Urban History of Science. In that context, the city is perceived as powerful and epistemologically-active public sphere. The city is more than a simple container of scientific practices: it is an active agent shaping both scientific expertise, and the scientific culture of citizens’ everyday lives. In this framework, I have edited (with Dr. Oliver Hochadel) the collective volume:<em> Barcelona: An Urban History of Science and Modernity (1888-1929)</em>&nbsp;(Routledge, London 2016), and a second volume&nbsp;(together with Dr. Oliver Hochadel): <em>Urban Histories of Science</em>, <em>Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940,&nbsp;</em>(Routledge 2018), in which we establish a comparative approach on the&nbsp;scientific cultures of&nbsp;different peripheral European cities around 1900.</p>

    <p>I have also analysed in detail&nbsp;the role of chemists as intellectuals in the 20th century, and their contribution to the construction of different political regimes, in dictatorships and democracies. After the publication of several cases studies, I have finally completed my book <em>The Power of Chemistry</em>, which will appear in 2019 in Cambridge University Press - a top international academic press-.&nbsp;</p>

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  • Piqué Huerta, Raquel UAB - 2016
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    Piqué Huerta, Raquel

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament of Prehistory

    Raquel Piqué i Huerta obtained her PhD in History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1997) where she started working as associated professor in 1993. She was a visiting researcher at both, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (2002), University of California- Berkeley (2004), University of Gothenburg (2013). Since 2005 she is tenured assistant professor at the Department of Prehistory of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she leads the laboratory of Archaeobotany. Her research concerns on prehistoric forest resources management and landscape transformation among hunter-gatherer and firsts farming societies. She has been the main researcher of eleven projects funded by national research programs and she has collaborated on more than twenty-five other international and national programs. Her main research has been performed in the Northeast of Spain and Tierra del Fuego (Argentina). 

    Research interest

    Her main research interest are the first farming societies in NE of the Iberian Peninsula; focusing on the understanding of the social organization and the use of resources among these societies. This research is concentrated at the early Neolithic site of La Draga, Girona (5300-4900 cal BC), one of the oldest in Europe. The recent approach of the research involves the use of computer modelling and virtual reality in order to improve the knowledge on Neolithic technologies.

    She uses archaeobotany as a tool to learn about landscapes and the acquisition and consumption of plants among different societies during the recent prehistory. Finally, she is interested in ethnoarchaeology as an experimental approach which allow the generation of working hypotheses to study the archaeological record. The research has been focused on the characterization of social organization and resource management, with special attention to the plant resources. 

    Key words

    Prehistory, Archaeobotany, Ethnoarchaeology,

    ORCID

    0000-0002-8253-6874

    Resercher ID

    H-9315-2015
  • Pontón, Gonzalo UAB - 2014
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    Pontón, Gonzalo

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dpt. Filologia Espanyola

    Born in Barcelona, Dr. Ponton is Associate Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and co-director of Prolope research group. He has published books on XVth century Castile letter-writing and historiography, as well as scholarly editions of Cervantes’s “Quijote”, Lope de Vega’s plays, and Spanish short novels of XVIth and XVIIth centuries. Co-author of the most recent History of Spanish Literature, he has contributed to it with two volumes on literary and aesthetic ideas on XVIth and XVIIth centuries, and on XVIth century theater. He has also written scientific articles on literary history and textual criticism. Visiting professor and Visiting Scholar at Duke University, Venezia-Ca’Foscari, Paris IV-La Sorbonne, University of California Berkeley, and several Spanish universities. He is also a publisher of non-fiction and academic books.

    Research interest

    The current field of research is the analysis of the circumstances of production of literary texts in early modern Europe: the materiality of their transmission, the conditions and paths of their making and consumption, and the intellectual framework that made them possible and available. The most extensive research is devoted to the Spanish theatrical heritage of the XVIth century, especially in two lines: the origins of this spectacle, the first commercial one of the modern period, always in a comparative perspective (with Italian, English and French national theatres on the scope), and the study and edition of Lope de Vega’s early plays. Other related areas of current interest are rethoric, history of literary ideas and concepts, cultural studies of the early modern era, and textual criticism.

    Key words

    Early modern era, Spanish and European drama, Comparative literature, Textual criticism

    ORCID

    0000-0002-6567-8299

    Resercher ID

    H-8190-2015
  • Roas Deus, David UAB - 2018
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    Roas Deus, David

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Spanish Philology (area of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature)

    Research interest

    <p>My research during the last five years has followed several converging lines, all of them linked to the study of the fantastic.</p>

    <p>In the first place there are the specifically theoretical works dedicated to the definition of the fantastic, its generic boundaries, its emotional effects (fear), and its linguistic transgressions. Among these research lines, my books <em>Behind the Frontiers of the Real</em> and <em>Ameaça do fantástico</em> can be highlighted. I have also dealt with the relationship between humor and the fantastic, an aspect that has received little academic attention, and I have devoted several works to analyzing the new representations of monstrosity in postmodern fiction.</p>

    <p>The second area of ​​my research has to do with the Spanish fantastic. As director of the Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico and two R+D Projects, I have been responsible, among other activities, for directing the volume <em>Historia de lo fantástico en la cultura española contemporánea</em>. With no precedential studies with this scope, this volume is a referential work in its field because it is the first scientific work that develops a history of the fantastic in Spain in several arts. Linked to this line are the works that I have published on contemporary fantastic narrative and an article about the reception of Lovecraft in Spain, an aspect never before studied and to which I have also devoted a monograph (still unpublished)<span>, which I have been able to develop thanks to two research stays in CUNY </span>and Brown University.</p>

    <p>My most recent line of research, started in 2017, has to do with the feminine fantastic, which is also the core of the research I want to develop in the coming years. As a member of the Project “Gender and the Fantastic in Hispanic Studies” (Univ of Nottingham), in addition to organizing 3 International Symposiums, I have dedicated an article to the work of Cristina Fernández Cubas and another, in the evaluation phase, to the theoretical viability of the concept of the " female fantastic".</p>


  • Rodrigo Sánchez, Javier UAB - 2018
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    Rodrigo Sánchez, Javier

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Departament d'Història Moderna i Contemporània

    Research interest

    <p>In 2014 I still was a "Ramón y Cajal" Fellow&nbsp;at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Since then,&nbsp;I have became Associate Professor in UAB, being&nbsp;awarded with the "catedràtic" (Professor) habilitation. In 2017&nbsp;I&nbsp;won as Principal Investigator&nbsp;a&nbsp;Research Project (Acción de Dinamización) funded 25.000&nbsp;euro&nbsp;for creating a European Consortium to apply (March 2019) for a Horizon 2020 Project, both called&nbsp;MAKHER (Making Europeans: Transnational Violences, European Heritages).</p>

    <p>Since 2014, I have participated in 2&nbsp;Funded Research Projects,&nbsp;1 Catalan Funded Research Group (GERD), and 2 funded Research Groups Networks (RETTDES and DIPODEXX).&nbsp;</p>

    <p>My reseach activities&nbsp;include the publication of&nbsp;books&nbsp;on the Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War (<em>La guerra fascista. Italia en la guerra civil española</em>, Alianza, 2016), on historiography and&nbsp;violence (<span><em>Una historia de violencia. Historiografías del terror en la Europa del siglo XX</em></span>, Anthropos-UAM, 2017), edited books on the Great War (<span><em>Tierras de nadie. La Primera Guerra Mundial y sus consecuencias</em>, Comares, 2014), on violence in Europe&nbsp;(<em>Políticas de la violencia. Europa,</em></span><span><em> siglo XX</em>, PUZ) and on the notion of total war (<em>Europa desgarrada. Guerra, ocupación y violencia 1900-1950</em><span>, PUZ), aside of the edition of an special issue in Studia Storica Journal,&nbsp;</span></span><em>Líneas de fractura. El contemporaneísmo español en el siglo XXI,&nbsp;</em><span><span>and 15 book chapters. In terms of internationalization, I have published 8 papers in peer-reviewed papers, including in "</span></span>Historia y Política"&nbsp;(pos 50 JCR), "<span><span>War in History" (</span></span>pos 76 JCR), "Journal of Modern Italian Studies"<em>&nbsp;</em>(pos 33 JCR) and "Contemporary European History"&nbsp;(pos 30 JCR).&nbsp;</p>

    <p>I&nbsp;have supervised 2&nbsp;Phd&nbsp;and I am still supervising two more. I&nbsp;have organized 5 International&nbsp;Conferences and Seminars.&nbsp;Indeed, I have been invited&nbsp;as guest speaker and as a lecturer&nbsp;in 46&nbsp;Conferences and Scientific Seminars in Europe Latin America and the United States.</p>


  • Sabaté Curull, Flocel UdL - 2015
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    Sabaté Curull, Flocel

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · Historia

    He is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Lleida, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, and he has been visiting professor in universities such as Paris-I, Poitiers, ENS-Lyon, UNAM, Yale, Cambridge, Tokyo.He is member of different research centre boards in Spain, France, UK, USA, Portugal and Brazil, academies of History in Spain, France, Greece and USA, and 61 boards of scientific journals and series. He has held charges in agencies in Spain and Romania and directed the Institute for Research into Identities and Society. As a leader of the higher rated research group in Medieval History in Catalonia he has organized more than one hundred scientific meetings, and led different international research projects. He has published more than 400 research works: El territori de la Catalunya medieval, La feudalización de la sociedad Catalana, Fin del Mundo y Nuevo Mundo or Percepció i identificació dels catalans.

    Research interest

    He studies the processes of social cohesion and governance focusing on the Late Middle Ages and its legacy: the creation of social identity, the construction and maintenance of a memory and the function of ideology. There are studied the values with which the members of the society articulated their conviviality better, according to such aspects as the socio-economic context, territory, religion, view of otherness and political articulation, paying attention to the representativeness and discourses of power. Three lines are combined: a) the items that gave cohesion to medieval society, attending the reasons for the minorities' exclusion as well as the creation of an European model of society that passed down to following centuries; b) the analyses of the territory reflecting a social space; c) the medieval legacy in cultural, religious and social practices on the Mediterranean space.

    Key words

    Medieval history, Power, Institutions, Territory, Society

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7312-1119

    Resercher ID

    K-8030-2015
  • Vega, María José UAB - 2014
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    Vega, María José

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

    M. J. Vega is Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and founder and director of the Seminario de Poética del Renacimiento. She has worked mainly on poetics and comparative literature in Early Modern Europe (XVI-XVIIc). Her approach is intended to be interdisciplinary, drawing on a range of subjects related to literary studies, such as cultural history, theology and politics. She has received the Excellence of Research Award of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Distinció, as Junior Researcher), the ICREA Acadèmia Research Grant (first call), the Mercator Gastprofessur of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft, and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. In the last five years, she has been guest professor at several higher research centres in France, Portugal, Belgium and Germany and has developed international research projects at the UAB and at the University of Münster (RFA).

    Research interest

    In the last years, M. J. Vega has opened a line of research devoted to the theory of censorship and to the analysis of the ideological principles that governed the control and surveillance of books during the Counter-Reformation. Her project for 2015-2019 proposes to study the formation and development of the expurgatory policy of the Spanish monarchy (Spain, Portugal, South Italy and the Low Countries) in the 16th and 17th centuries; to analyse its ideological principles and intellectual impact; and to carry out comparative case studies that will achieve a new perspective of its relevance for European cultural history.

    Key words

    Comparative literature, literary theory, renaissance studies, censorship, early modern literature

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9755-7881
  • Alemán Llansó, Carles UPC - 2015
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    Alemán Llansó, Carles

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2015
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Chemical Engineering

    Carles Alemán graduated in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (Spain). He received his PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1994, where he was promoted to Full Professor of Physical Chemistry. He was postdoctoral researcher at the ETH in Zürich (Switzerland) in the group headed by U.W. Suter and visiting professor at the Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy), University of Twente (Holland) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He is leader of the Innovation in Materials and Molecular Engineering (IMEM) group in Chemical Engineering Department, and co-leading the Nanochemistry group in the Centre of Research on Nano-Engineering. Among others awards, Carles received the Catalan Government Distinction Award for University research (2003), the I3 Research Intensification Distinction (2007) and the ICREA Academia (2008). He is co-author of more than 475 scientific articles, reviews, book chapters and books, and of several patents.

    Research interest

    The research interests of Carles Alemán are focused on hybrid chemical systems derived from the combination of organic or inorganic biomaterials with conducting polymers for applications in the biomedical and energy storage fields. Within this context, he is particularly interested in the use of nanostructures for the fabrication of: biointerfaces for the detection of neurotransmitters, psychotropic drugs and glucose, multi-functional scaffolds for tissue engineering, protective coatings against environmental degradation, and all-organic batteries and supercapacitors. For such research, Carles Alemán uses both experimental approaches based on the synthesis, processing and characterization of (bio)materials, as well as computer simulation strategies for the understanding of chemical and physical phenomena at the microscopic level.

    Key words

    Electroactive conducting polymers, Bioactive platforms, Biointerfaces, Detection, Energy, Biomineralization, Nanotechnology.

    ORCID

    0000-0003-4462-6075

    Resercher ID

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  • Arenas, Alex URV - 2016
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    Arenas, Alex

    ICREA Academia 2011 & 2016
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques

    Alex Arenas (Barcelona, 1969) is Full Professor at the Departament d’Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques (DEIM) of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 1996. In 1995, he got a tenure position at DEIM, and in 1997 he became associate professor at the same department. In 2000, he was visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (LBL) in the Applied Mathematics group of Prof. Alexandre Chorin (University of California, Berkeley). After this visit, he started a collaboration with Berkeley, and in 2007 he became visiting researcher of LBL. Arenas has written more than 175 interdisciplinary publications in major peer reviewed including Nature, Nature Physics, PNAS, Physics Reports and Physical Review Letters, which have received more than 9000 citations. He is one of the few Europeans serving as Associate Editors of one of the most important publication in physics worldwide, the American Physical Society journal, Physical Review E.

    Research interest

    His research interests are currently focused on the physics of networked multilevel complex systems. The comprehension of the interplay between the structure of the connectivity and the functionality of networked system is a major challenge for the physics of this era. Concepts that applied to the nowadays classical network theory, must be revisited in the framework of multilevel coupling scenarios, in what is being known as the physics of multilayer networks. The applicability of the understanding of the basic phenomena underlying these systems have direct applications in neuroscience, social sciences, systems biology and computer science.

    Key words

    Complex networks, multiplex networks, modular structure, synchronization, game theory, epidemic spreading

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0003-0937-0334

    Resercher ID

    A-5216-2009
  • Aromi Bedmar, Guillem UB - 2018
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    Aromi Bedmar, Guillem

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Facultat de Química

    Research interest

    <p>The past ICREA Academia distinction has allowed me to consolidate a strong research team (Group of Magnetism and Functional Molecules; <a href="http://www.gmmf-ub.com/">www.gmmf-ub.com</a>) at the University of Barcelona. In this context I have established three main research lines that have become international research landmarks for the use of chemical synthesis to face the challenges of Nanotechnology:</p>

    <p>A] Implementation of Quantum Computing with the Molecular Electronic Spin.</p>

    <p>This is one of the latest proposals to enter the race within the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies. I have pioneered the use of coordination chemistry molecules as 2qubit quantum gates (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 14215), by exploiting a new method of preparing heterometallic lanthanide complexes (Chem., Eur. J. 2017, 23, 5117; Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 8429). I have also presented a first model of a 2Qubit quantum gate triggered by light (Chem., Eur. J. 2017, 23, 13648).</p>

    <p>B] Spin crossover (SCO) based chemo-sensors and single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformations.</p>

    <p>We have developed a family of SCO compounds acting as&nbsp;small molecule&nbsp;sensors&nbsp;(J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 3869). The composition changes are SCSC crystallographic phase transitions (Chem., Eur. J. 2016, 22, 12767; Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 4110) that can be exploited to unveil the mechanism of solid state transformations by molecular crystals (Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 2907). These systems could be exploited for other applications such as witnesses of a complicated thermal history (Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01625).</p>

    <p>C] Design and preparation of Multifunctional Molecules</p>

    <p>The title goal shall&nbsp;serve to implement molecules in nanodevices. We have developed the synthesis of coordination based multifunctional magnetic molecules (Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 4631; Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 123), most especially exploiting the molecular switching property of SCO (Chem., Eur. J. 2016, 22, 8635; Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 569; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 15622).</p>


  • Boguñá Espinal, Marián UB - 2015
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    Boguñá Espinal, Marián

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · DEPARTAMENT DE FÍSICA FONAMENTAL

    Marián Boguñá (Barcelona, 1967) is an associate professor at the Universitat de Barcelona. He graduated in Physics in 1994 and obtained his PhD in Physics in 1998. In 1999, he moved to the USA to do a postdoctoral stay with Prof. George H. Weiss at the National Institutes of Health, USA. After this period, he moved back to Barcelona where, in 2003, he was awarded a Ramón y Cajal fellowship. He got the tenure position at the end of 2008. He has also spent several months in the USA as invited guest scientist at Indiana University. M. Boguñá has written over 70 publications in major peer reviewed international scientific journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Among those, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, and Physical Review X. In January 2008, he obtained the Outstanding Referee award of the American Physical Society. Since January 2013 he serves as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports.

    Research interest

    His research interests are focused on the study of complex systems. In particular, those systems made up of a large number of units that interact through complex topologies and, therefore, are suitable to be studied using statistical physics tools. Such systems are ubiquitous and can be found in very diverse fields: societies at the large scale, cellular networks, or communication networks like the Internet, to name just a few. One of the major challenges in this field is the understanding of the coupling between the complex topologies shown by these type of systems and the functions they perform.

    Key words

    Complex Systems, Complex Networks, Statistical Physics.

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7833-3487

    Resercher ID

    B-7795-2011
  • Cacho Lascorz, Isabel UB - 2018
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    Cacho Lascorz, Isabel

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dinámica de la Terra i l'Oceà

    Research interest

    <p>The most successfully come out of my activities during these five years&nbsp;is my awarded Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC) that initiated in 2017. This project aims to provide major advances understanding the sensitivity of the Mediterranean circulation to climate variability. An additional great achievement associated to this ERC-grant is the creation of a new analytical infrastructure in the CCiT-UB consisting in a Multicollector-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS). This equipment is unique in Catalonia and very singular in Spain, and allows the accurate measurement of rare isotopic families with applications in several research fields. The cost of this equipment (780 keur) was co-funded by the ERC-grant (70%) and the UB (30%) through the contribution of different grants. During this time I have also dedicate a big effort in the installation of an additional infrastructure, a clean lab for delicate geochemical preparation of the samples for the MC-ICPMS. The cost of this clean lab (240 keur) is being co-funded through an infrastructure grant and multiple co-lateral sources and, in the coming weeks, it will be available in my faculty building. These infrastructures will not only re-enforce and open new perspective to my own research but also to other research groups.During these five years I have published 29 peer review papers in highly scoured journals including 2 PNAS and 1 Nature Communications, over 85 conference contributions, 2 PhD finished and 4 in development. I also want to highlight the tremendous research effort I have coordinated within the OPERA project. This project has integrated 30 researchers working on marine and cave records to explore links between past hydrological changes over the Iberian Peninsula (from the Cantabric to Balear regions) and changes in ocean circulation. Several publications have already come out, but the most exciting results are to come in the coming year.</p>


  • Cascante Serratosa, Marta UB - 2015
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    Cascante Serratosa, Marta

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Bioquimica i Biologia Molecular and Institut de Biomedicina de la Universitat de Barcelona (IBUB), Facultat de Biologia

    Marta Cascante is Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Barcelona (UB) and leader of the Integrative Systems Biology, Metabolomics and Cancer team. She holds a degree in chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry from UB, where she was distinguished with the Outstanding Graduate and Thesis Awards. She has authored over 200 publications, two of them cited in “Stryer” biochemistry textbook. She is partner of three European translational research projects (H2020) in the field of systems medicine and metabolomics and coordinator of several Spanish funded research projects. She is member of the editorial advisory boards of Metabolomics and BMC systems Biology. She also served in the scientific committee of numerous international conferences. Marta Cascante has been distinguished with Icrea Academia Prize 2010 & 2015,  the Narcís Monturiol Medal 2015 and the Antoni Caparros Prize 2016 for scientific and knowledge transfer merits.

    Research interest

    My research focuses on cancer and metabolic diseases with the goal of elucidating the networks and pathways that are fundamental in their development and progression. More specifically, our team uses a Systems Medicine approach to identify key proteins in the metabolic reprogramming underlying multifactorial diseases, including cancer, to be used as biomarkers or drug targets. In the coming years we plan to follow a multi-omic approach to construct genome-scale metabolic networks that accurately reflect short-term and long-term metabolic adaptations associated with metastasis and acquired therapeutic resistance. We expect to identify new biomarkers and drug targets at the metabolic level to overcome drug resistance and metastasis. Furthermore, we plan to develop and deploy an e-infrastructure that makes it feasible for healthcare researchers to process analyse and mine molecular phenotyping data, to facilitate large-scale data analysis in the coming age of Precision Medicine.

    Key words

    Metabolic modelling, Metabolomics, Fluxomics, Systems Biology, Systems Medicine

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0002-2062-4633

    Resercher ID

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta_Cascante/publications
  • Costas Salgueiro, Miquel UdG - 2018
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    Costas Salgueiro, Miquel

    Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi

    Research interest

    <p>My research interest aims at the study of new molecules that have relevance in the fields of Bionorganic and/or Supramolecular Chemistry, to explore the chemistry of these molecules in challenging reactions, and to convert some of these molecules in useful tools for technological applications. Specifically, in first place I sought to obtain fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of O2 activation and/or substrate oxidation taking place at the enzyme active site of non heme metalloproteins. My approach involves preparation, characterization and study of the chemistry associated to structural and/or functional model compounds of these enzymes. This knowledge is fundamental in order to address my second goal that targets the development of bioinspired oxidation catalysts that could use O2 and/or peroxides,&nbsp;to carry out regio, chemo and stereoselective hydrocarbon oxidation reactions under mild and environmentally benign conditions. N and C transfer reactions that could be seen as analogous to oxygen atom transfer are also currently investigated in the group. Investigation of O2-lysis reactions catalyzed by selected iron complexes have led to the discovery that they can also catalyze the reverse reaction, reproducing fundamental aspects of photosynthesis. Investigation of the reaction has since then become one of the research interests of my group. Both O-O lysis and formation reactions are mediated in nature by transition metal ions that could reach highly electrophilic high oxidation states. Because of that, one of the research interests of my group is the preparation of iron, manganese and copper complexes in high oxidation state, and the investigation of the fundamental aspects of their chemistry. Particular attention is devoted to the chemistry of these species in O-O lysis and formation, and inert C-H bond fuctionalization. In the supramolecular chemistry area, the goal of my research is to develop the chemistry of coordination compounds inside nanocages.</p>


  • Diéguez, Montserrat URV - 2015
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    Diéguez, Montserrat

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Quimica Fisica i Inorganica

    Prof. Montserrat Diéguez studied chemistry at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Tarragona (Spain), where she received her Ph.D. in 1997. After she moved to the Yale University as postdoctoral fellow with Prof. R.H. Crabtree (USA). She returned to Tarragona and becoming part of the permanent staff of the URV in 2002. In 2011 she was promoted to full Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the URV. She has been involved in more than 40 research projects in the field of organometallic chemistry, steroselective synthesis, asymmetric catalysis and metalloenzymes. She is author of more than 130 articles in SCI indexed Journals, book chapters and of several contributions to Conferences. She obtained the Distinction from the Generalitat de Catalunya for the promotion of University Research in 2004 and the Grant for Research Intensification from URV in 2008. She has received an ICREA Academia in 2009 and 2015 from the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.

    Research interest

    My main research interests are focused on the sustainable design, synthesis and screening of highly active and selective chiral catalysts for reactions of interest in the biological, pharmaceutical and organic nanotechnological industry. Her areas of interest include organometallic chemistry, steroselective synthesis and asymmetric catalysis using combinatorial and biotechnological approaches.

    Key words

    Organometallics, Asymmetric Catalysis, Molecular, nano- and biocatalysis, combinatorial chemistry, Activation of small molecules

    ORCID

    0000-0002-8450-0656
  • Franzese, Giancarlo UB - 2016
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    Franzese, Giancarlo

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Física de la Materia Condensada

    Giancarlo Franzese (Italy 1968) leads the Statistical Physics of Complex Matter group at UB. PhD in Physics with honors (Naples 1998), Associate Researcher at Roma 3 Un., Boston Un., Naples SUN, La Sapienza Un. Rome, Ramón y Cajal at UB 2003, since 2002 Visiting Professor at Universities of Boston, Cambridge, UC-Dublin, Beijing, Porto Alegre, he is UB Tenured Professor since 2008 and Guarantor for Inst. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology UB. He won the Young CNR Research Abroad prize 2000, the UB Incentive Program for Research 2012, the Royal Soc. of Chemistry-UK selection as Emerging investigator in soft matter 2012, the Nola prize for academic merits 2016. He ranks within the Top Scientists in Spain in Phys., Fluid & Plasmas, Math. Phys., Multidiscipl. Phys., and the Top Italian Scientists in the World, h=33, with 96 publications. He gave 100 Invited Talks, directed 7 Master/13 PhD theses, collected EU/ES funds for over 2millions€ and organized 18 conf. & chaired 8.

    Research interest

    We develop a multi-scale approach to simulate water at nanobio interfaces under realistic conditions (e.g., nanoparticles and protein solutions at physiological conditions over time-scales up to hours). We combine atomistic simulations of water at bio-interfaces (e.g., proteins or membranes) and nano-interfaces (e.g., nanoparticles or graphene sheets) and coarse-grain models of hydration water for protein folding and protein design. We focus on protein self-assembly and crystallization, in bulk or under confinement, and on the kinetics of proteins adsorption on nanoparticles, verifying our predictions in collaboration with several experimental groups. We try to find answers for fundamental questions (Why water is so important for life? Which properties make water unique for biological processes?) and applications (Can we design better drugs? Can we limit protein-aggregations causing Alzheimer? How to implement nanotheranostic?).

    Key words

    Biological Physics. Biological Water. Bio-Nano Interactions. Protein Folding. Protein Design. Self-Assembly. Complex Liquids. Soft Matter.

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0003-3006-2766

    Resercher ID

    A-9655-2009
  • Garcia-Ojalvo, Jordi UPF - 2014
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    Garcia-Ojalvo, Jordi

    ICREA Academia UPC 2009 & UPF 2014
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

    Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo obtained his PhD in statistical physics at the University of Barcelona in 1995. He did postdoctoral work at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1996, working on laser dynamics, and at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1998 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, studying noise effects in excitable media. In 2003 he was IGERT Visiting Professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, at which time he began working in the field of systems biology. In 2008 he became Full Professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, where he had been teaching applied physics since 1991. He is Visiting Research Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology since 2006, and joined the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in October 2012.

    Research interest

    We are interested in the dynamics of living systems, from unicellular organisms to human beings. We use dynamical phenomena to identify the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes, such as bacterial stress responses, spatial self-organization in bacterial biofilms, cellular decision making, and the immune response to cytokine signaling. Using a combination of theoretical modeling and experimental tools such as time-lapse fluorescence microscopy and microfluidics, we investigate dynamical phenomena including biochemical pulses and oscillations, and study how multiple instances of these processes coexist inside the cell in a coordinated way. At a larger level of organization, we use conductance-based neural models to explain the emergence of collective rhythms in cortical networks. We also work on developing a global description of brain activity by means of mesoscopic neural-mass models, which allows us to link the structural properties of brain networks with their function.

    Key words

    Nonlinear Science, Systems Biology, Systems Neuroscience, Statistical Physics, Complex Systems

    ORCID

    0000-0002-3716-7520

    Resercher ID

    A-4574-2009
  • Guardia Munarriz, Marcel UPC - 2018
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    Guardia Munarriz, Marcel

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Matemàtiques

    Research interest

    <p>My research is focused on the dynamics of Hamiltonian systems and its applications to Celestial Mechanics and Partial Differential Equations (PDEs). My most significant contributions in the last 5 years are:</p>

    <p>1. Hamiltonian systems: I have proved a weak form of the Quasiergodic Hypothesis stated in the 30s by Ehrenfest and Birkhoff by constructing orbits which accumulate to sets of positive measure in nearly integrable Hamiltonian systems. As a consequence, I have proven the instability of their KAM tori. I have also contributed to establish a relationship between instabilities in (deterministic) Hamiltonian systems and Ito stochastic processes.</p>

    <p>2. Celestial Mechanics: I have studied different unstable behaviors in the 3 body problem. I have proven the first general result on existence of oscillatory motions (published in Inventiones Mathematicae). Their existence had been conjectured by Chazy in the 1920's. This result was awarded the first Barcelona Dynamical Systems Prize. I have also constructed unstable orbits for the restricted 3 body problem along mean motion resonances. Such instabilities justify the existence of the Kirkwood gaps in the Asteroid belt, which exist between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. I have also proven the non-integrability of the classical secular 3 body problem by constructing chaotic motions.</p>

    <p>3. Dispersive PDEs: I have done pioneering works in applying dynamical systems techniques to the problem of transfer of energy in Hamiltonian PDEs, a problem considered by the Fields Medalist J. Bourgain one of the fundamental problems in Hamiltonian PDEs for the XXI century. These works have been published in the Journal of the EMS, Adv. in Math. and Comm. in Math. Phys. More concretely, I have generalized results by the Fields Medalist Terence Tao and collaborators by proving transfer of energy for the analytic gauge invariant nonlinear Schrödinger equation and by computing estimates for the time needed to attain such transfer.</p>


  • Illas Riera, Francesc UB - 2015
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    Illas Riera, Francesc

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Química Física & Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional (IQTCUB)

    Francesc Illas carried out his chemistry degree studies and PhD at the Universitat de Barcelona where he became Full Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1992. He spent periods at different research centres (IBM Almaden Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory) and has been invited professor at Universita’ della Calabria (Italy) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France). He received the Distinguished Professor Mention for the Research Promotion awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2001, the Bruker Physical Chemistry Research Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in 2004 and the ICREA Academia in 2009 and in 2015. In 2009, he was elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he joined the Editorial Board of Surface Science and of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts. He published over 550 papers in international journals which received over 14000 citations (h-index = 57). At present he serves as the Director of IQTCUB and of XRQTC.

    Research interest

    In a broad sense, the research activities of Francesc Illas develop in the field of computational materials science where computers are used to investigate the properties of molecules, nanostructures and solids. The main goal of this scientific discipline is to make use of first principles methods based on quantum mechanics to provide information not easily accessible from experiments and, at the same time, to contribute to unbiased interpretation of observed phenomena. The research being now carried out has a strong focus on properties of materials governed by magnetic coupling, involves the study of the atomic and electronic structure and chemistry of isolated and supported nanoparticles and, encompass unraveling molecular mechanisms of heterogeneous catalysis in various technologically relevant processes. The ultimate main aim is to contribute to the design of new materials with tailored physical and chemical properties.

    Key words

    Computational materials science, theory in catalysis and photocatalysis.

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2104-6123

    Resercher ID

    C-8578-2011
  • Martínez Vilalta, Jordi UAB - 2014
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    Martínez Vilalta, Jordi

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Biologia Animal, Vegetal i Ecologia / CREAF

    Jordi Martínez Vilalta is Senior Lecturer (Professor Agregat) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and researcher at the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF). He graduated in Environmental Sciences at UAB in 1997 and obtained his PhD (2001) at the same university. He moved to the University of Edinburgh (UK) as a postdoctoral researcher and became an Honorary Research Fellow at this university in 2005. He has coauthored more than 100 publications in peer reviewed international journals and two books (‘Ecología con números’ (2006), a textbook; and ‘Un planeta a la deriva’ (2011), a popular science book). He obtained a favorable assessment from the Program I3 (Spanish Ministry of Science and Education) in 2009 and received an ICREA Academia in 2014.

    Research interest

    His main area of research is forest functional ecology, at the interface between biology and Earth sciences. His work combines different approaches (observational, experimental, modelling) and scales (from individual organisms to global) to study forest function and dynamics in response to drought and other environmental stress factors. In particular, his current research aims at (1) understanding fundamental aspects of the water and carbon economy of plants; and (2) producing a set of usable criteria to determine what forests are more vulnerable under different climate change scenarios and how the ecosystem services they provide to society are likely to be impacted.

    Key words

    Drought, forest ecology, functional traits, global change, long-distance transport in plants

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2332-7298

    Resercher ID

    D-3385-2014
  • Martinez-Seara Alonso, M. Teresa UPC - 2018
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    Martinez-Seara Alonso, M. Teresa

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Matemàtiques

    Research interest

    <p class="western">I work mainly in Conservative Dynamical Systems and in analytical tools to study their global dynamics. I have stability results: conditions to guarantee that the orbits remain in some compact set, but mainly instability ones (Arnold diffusion), specially relevant for near-intebrable systems, which are stable. The main rolde is played by the stable and ustable invariant manifolds of invariant objects (periodic orbits, invariant tori or, more generally, normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds) and their intersections.</p>

    <p class="western">I give a list on the main topics where I have significant results.</p>

    <p class="western"><strong>Exponentially small phenomena:</strong> My works are a reference in this area,&nbsp; proving an asymptotic formula for them when classical perturbation theory does not work. I have solved two problems open since the 80ties: Proof of the breackdown of heteroclinic connections in generic unfoldings of some Hopf-zero singularities and the existence of oscillatory motions in the restricted three body problem for any value of the mass ratio. I also want to stress some recent results in infintite dimensions, like the asymptotic wavenumber of spiral waves for lambda-omega systems, and I'm now working on the non-existence of breathers for the Klein-Gordon equation. Related problems are the use of <strong>Singular perturbation theory in the smoothing of </strong><strong>Filippov Systems</strong>.</p>

    <p class="western"><strong>Arnold diffusion.</strong> The famous work of Arnold in 1964 showed that Hamiltonian Systems close to integrable can have orbits where&nbsp; energy accumulates giving rise to big changes in their motion. I have developed the <em>Geometric Methods</em>, mainly the <em>Scattering Map</em>, a tool used by a wide community and in applications to Celestial Mechanics. My recent results, which do not require any knowledge of the so-called inner dynamics, are the only which can be applied to any dimension and to general Hamiltonians, even if they are not convex or they do not satisfy any twist condition. This makes them the most general up to now.</p>


  • Matias Espona, Joaquim UAB - 2018
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    Matias Espona, Joaquim

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Física

    Research interest

    <p>Uncovering the first properties of the fundamental theory that will supersede the Standard Model (SM) of particles from experiment and piece them together in a consistent theory, constitutes the main goal of my research. Indeed, in the last five years my research has contributed to an exceptionally exciting period concerning what we called ``flavour anomalies”. The outcome of my research has put in evidence the most promising signal of New Physics (NP) ever found at LHC up to now.</p>

    <p>My research interests are focused on the study of rare B meson decays, being suppressed in the SM and probing new particles and phenomena at higher energy scales than direct searches, they have proven&nbsp;to be&nbsp;an&nbsp;effective tool to explore the flavour structure of the new fundamental theory. A crucial turnaround in my research started with my proposal to go beyond traditional observables and construct a new category of quantities&nbsp;for the&nbsp;rare decay&nbsp;B→K*µµ called optimized observables. These observables could signal the presence of NP&nbsp;with a precision non reachable by traditional ones. In 2013 LHCb&nbsp;announced the observation of the first anomaly&nbsp;in one of our&nbsp;observables. My contribution was not only in constructing the observables and predicting them in the SM but also in understanding the origin of this&nbsp;anomaly in a model-independent way.&nbsp;</p>

    <p>Further deviations have been observed by various experiments including hints of Lepton Flavour Universality Violation (LFUV). One of our major challenges was to identify the&nbsp;pattern(s) of NP chosen by nature&nbsp;that all the observed anomalies&nbsp;points to. In this sense, our comprehensive analysis of b→sll observables has triggered a change in the present paradigm from a situation where all measurements fit nicely within the SM to a new paradigm where each new measurement&nbsp;exhibits agreement&nbsp;with the NP pattern(s) we discovered. This has deep implications in the construction of&nbsp;NP models and is opening new research directions in&nbsp;flavour&nbsp;and&nbsp;direct collider searches.</p>


  • Miranda, Eva UPC - 2016
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    Miranda, Eva

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Matemàtiques

    Eva Miranda (Ph.D. in Mathematics, Universitat de Barcelona, 2003) is a Full professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and member of the BGSMath.  As a postdoc, she was a recipient of a Marie Curie EIF contract (Université de Toulouse) and a Juan de la Cierva contract (UAB).  She has been invited visiting professor for extended periods at Université de Toulouse,  MIT,  Université de Paris 6 and 7 and at Observatoire de Paris. She is the director of the Laboratory of Geometry and Dynamical Systems-EPSEB. Eva Miranda has published over 35 papers including articles at Annales Scientifiques de l'École Normale Supérieure, Advances in Mathematics, Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées, Communications in Mathematical Physics and IMRN. She has supervised several Ph.D. theses and postdocs and has been plenary speaker in the top workshops in her field. In 2017 she has been awarded a Chaire d'Excellence of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris.

    Research interest

    Eva Miranda's research is at the crossroads of Differential Geometry, Mathematical Physics and Dynamical Systems. Her area of expertise is Symplectic and Poisson Geometry. She works with objects appearing on the interface of Geometry and Physics such as integrable systems and group actions acquainting for symmetries of the systems. Her research deals with geometrical and dynamical aspects of the singularities arising in Symplectic and Poisson manifolds as well as with mathematical models for their quantization.

    In 2009 together with Victor Guillemin (MIT) she started the study of a class of Poisson manifolds called "b-Poisson" and their generalizations. The upshot of these structures is that they model some classical problems in Celestial Mechanics such as the 3-body problem. Eva Miranda aims at contributing to long-standing problems for these classical systems by combining techniques from different sources such as Symplectic Topology, Dynamics and Poisson Geometry.

    Key words

    Differential Geometry, Symplectic Geometry, Poisson Geometry, Hamiltonian Dynamics, integrable systems, moment maps, singularities, normal forms

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9518-5279

    Resercher ID

    L-4261-2014
  • Orozco López, Modesto UB - 2018
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    Orozco López, Modesto

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Fundació Privada Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (IRB Barcelona)

    Research interest

    <p>Major achievements during the last 5 years include:</p>

    <p><strong>Study of protein dynamics</strong>. We are especially proud of the development of techniques for the representation of protein dynamics (<em>Nature Comm</em>. (2014), DOI: 10.10385, 4070; <em>Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. </em>(2015), <strong>22</strong><em>, </em>65; <em>Nature Comm. </em>(2016), <strong>7</strong>, 12575; <em>JCTC </em>(2017), <strong>13</strong>, 1454) <strong>Development of 1D and 3D bioinformatics tools </strong>for the analysis of the genome (both 1D and 3D; see <em>Nature</em> (2015), <strong>526</strong>, 519; <em>NAR.</em> (2017), W222; <em>Scientific Reports</em>. (2016), <strong>6</strong>:19729) and protein design (<em>Nature Methods.,</em> (2015), 12, 955). <strong>Theoretical studies of nucleic acids</strong>. Our contributions cover several areas: <strong>A) the study of unusual DNAs</strong> (<em>Angew. Chem</em>. (2015), <strong>127</strong>, 477; <em>JACS</em> (2017) <strong>139</strong>, 13985); <strong>B) DNA in unusual environments</strong> (<em>JACS</em> (2014), <strong>136</strong>, 3075; <em>Angew. Chem. </em>(2015), <strong>127</strong>, 477; <em>Angew. Chem. </em>(2015), <strong>54</strong>, 10488); <strong>C) the study of the physical properties of DNA</strong> (<em>PNAS </em>(2014), <strong>111</strong>, E3624; <em>NAR., </em>(2017), <strong>45</strong>, 4217) and how they impact <u>on the structure of chromatin</u> (<em>NAR.,</em> (2014), <strong>42</strong>, 4934; <em>Nature Genetics</em> In Press 2018, <em>JACS </em>(2015),<strong>137</strong>,10205). We consider especially important here our methodological developments (<em>NAR.</em> (2013), <strong>41</strong>, W47), <strong>42</strong>, 11304; <em>NAR.,</em> (2016), 44, D272; <em>Nature Methods.,</em> (2016), <strong>13</strong>, 55); <strong>D) the study of catalytic nucleic acids (</strong>see <em>Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. </em>(2015), <strong>22</strong><em>, </em>65; <em>Mol. Cell.</em> (2017) <strong>68</strong>, 797; <em>PNAS</em> (2017) <strong>32</strong><em>, </em>E6526; <em>Nature Comm.</em> (2018)<strong> 9</strong>, 2032; <em>Nature Catalysis,</em> 2nd revision; finally <strong>E) RNA simulation (</strong><em>JACS</em> (2016), <strong>44</strong>, 4052; S<em>cience Adv.,</em> (2016), <strong>2</strong>, e1501860 and <em>Nature Comm.</em> (2018)<strong> 9</strong>, 2032-2043).</p>

    <p>Since 2014 MO has published &gt;70 papers, among them 38 in journals with IF≥PNAS):</p>

    <p>Nature 1 - &nbsp;Nature Genetics 1&nbsp;- &nbsp;Nature Biotech. 1&nbsp;- Nature Methods&nbsp;2 - NatureStruct.1-Nature Comm.3 - Angew.Chem. 2&nbsp;- JACS&nbsp;4 - &nbsp;PNAS 2&nbsp;&nbsp;-&nbsp;&nbsp;Chem (Cell Group) 1 – Science Adv. 1 -Chem.Soc.Rev.1 - Curr.Op.Str.Biol.1&nbsp;- Nucleic Acids Res&nbsp;11 – Genome Biol&nbsp;2 -&nbsp;WIRES Mol.Sci. 1- Cancer Res 2 – Mol Cell 1</p>

    <p>Orozco’s publications have collected more than 10500 citations since 2014.</p>


  • Pastor-Satorras, Romualdo UPC - 2014
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    Pastor-Satorras, Romualdo

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Fisica i Enginyeria Nuclear

    Romualdo Pastor-Satorras (Barcelona, 1967) received a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1995. He spent four years as postdoctoral researcher at the MIT (1996-1998) and The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, ICTP (1998-2000). He is Associate Professor of Applied Physics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 2006. He has been visiting scientist at the University of Notre Dame (USA), Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (USA), Helsinky University of Technology TKK (Finland), Indiana University (USA) and the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) Foundation (Italy). He hold an ICREA Academia Prize in 2009, was awarded a Distinció de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la Promoció de la Investigació Universitària in 2003, and is a Fellow of the ISI Foundation (Italy). He is the author of more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals with more than 23000 citations. He has an h-index of 50.

    Research interest

    My research is based in the application of stochastic methods and numerical simulations to the study of complex systems. The main topics in which I work are the following: 1) Topological and temporal properties of natural systems, as represented in terms of complex networks. 2) Dynamical processes and non-equilibrium phase transitions in disordered substrates. 3) Dynamics of social systems. 4) Human activity and dynamics. 5) Non-Markovian temporal networks. 6) Collective motion.

    Key words

    Statistical mechanics, complex systems, complex networks, stochastic processes, social dynamics

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4051-6007

    Resercher ID

    L-8837-2013
  • Perez Torres, Juan UPC - 2014
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    Perez Torres, Juan

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions

    Juan P. Torres is professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya since 1994, when he joined the Department of Signal Theory and Communications. He made his PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Lluis Torner on optical nonlinear waves and solitons. At the beginning of the 2000s, he moved towards the realm of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, at the same time that began collaborating with ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences as UPC professor. His research deals with quantum concepts, such as entanglement, and what they mean when describing how Nature works. During all these years he has taught different courses in his university, or invited by other universities, about Quantum Theory, Optics, Electromagnetic Theory and Telecommunications. Seven PhD students have graduated under his supervision, and he keeps collaborations with many research groups all around the world, which have helped him to write more than 150 papers in scientific journals.

    Research interest

    Quantum theory describes Nature as its most fundamental level. In science, it is continuously checked in its ability to make accurate predictions and the consistency and meaning of its postulates. My research combines theoretical and experimental work for distilling the meaning behind quantum concepts, such as entanglement, exploring what the concepts mean and represent in experiments. Light is the main tool of our research, that encompass a fuzzy area between nonlinear and quantum optics. Nonlinear optics provides most of the experimental tools that we use in the lab, and Quantum theory provides the framework to describe the results. We generate, tailor and detect streams of photons, under different conditions, what can be generally called as quantum engineering.  Our research is a mix of fundamental physics and photonic engineering, where we answer fundamental questions about Nature, and devote efforts to looking for new or simply better solutions to important problems.

    Key words

    Experimental Quantum Optics, Nonlinear Optics
  • Poblet Rius, Josep Maria URV - 2015
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    Poblet Rius, Josep Maria

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Química Física i Inorgànica

    Josep M. Poblet graduated in Chemistry in 1979 from the University of Barcelona. From the same university he obtained his PhD degree in 1983 on theoretical studies of kinetic isotopes effects in organic reactions under the supervision of Professor Enric Canadell. After a postdoctoral stay with Professor Marc Bénard at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg he became Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in 1986. Since 2001 he is Professor of Physical Chemistry at this university and Director of the Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Department since 2011. JMP did a research stay in the Emory University in 2004 and he is coauthor of more than 200 scientific publications including papers in Nature, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Angew. Chem., JACS, etc. He was awarded with the 2012 Bruker Physical Chemistry Prize of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and was named Distinguished Professor of the URV in 2014. 

    Research interest

    My current research is theoretical inorganic chemistry with particular interest in the electronic structure, reactivity and self assembly of complex systems. I have large experience in the computational modeling of molecular metal oxides (or polyoxometalates) that are a vast family of transition metal oxides with applications in many fields, such as materials science, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, spintronics, medicine, and analytical chemistry among many others. We are also interested in the study of formation mechanisms at high temperatures of fullerenes and metallofullerenes and in general in the structural, physical and chemical properties of carbon nanoforms.

    Key words

    Computational chemistry, Nanoscience, polyoxometalates, carbon nanoforms, catalysis, clean energy

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4533-0623

    Resercher ID

    A-2739-2008
  • Pomarol, Alex UAB - 2014
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    Pomarol, Alex

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Fisica

    Alex Pomarol (Barcelona, 1964) received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1991. He has been postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1991-1993), University of Pennsylvania (1993-1994) and CERN, Geneva (1994-1996, 1998-2000). He is currently Professor of Physics at the UAB. He has also been Scientific Associate at CERN (Geneva) in 2006 and 2015, member of the Scientific Committee of the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics (Florence) 2008-2015, and at present is a member of the Particle Data Group (PDG). He has received the Distinció de la Generalitat award (2001) for young researchers and an ICREA Academia (2009 & 2014).

    Research interest

    His research aims to comprehend the fundamental laws of the elementary particles. After the discovery of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Geneva), his main interest has been trying to unravel the nature of the Higgs from the recent experimental data, and infer implications for the next LHC run, that just started fully exploring, for the first time, the TeV territory. He is interested in understanding what lies at TeV energies, as this can elucidate on many open questions in particle physics, such as the origin of particle masses and flavor mixings or the constituents of dark matter in our universe.

    Key words

    Elementary Particle Physics, Quantum Field Theory, Theoretical Physics
  • Ribas, Xavi UdG - 2015
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    Ribas, Xavi

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) i Departament de Química

    Dr. Xavi Ribas (born in 1974, Santa Coloma de Farners) obtained his B.Sc. Chemistry degree in 1996 at the University of Girona (UdG), and his PhD in Chemistry in 2001 at UdG. His academic career continued with a postdoctoral position at Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in the period 2002-2004. Afterwards, he obtained a “Juan de la Cierva” position and promoted to Associate professor in Chemistry at UdG by the end of 2006. He got different grants to be highlighted, such as a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral award (2005), ICREA Academia (2010 and 2015) and an ERC- Starting Grant project (2011). He has conducted several scientific missions at international research institutions, such as University of Basel (in 1999), Stanford University (in 2000-2001), Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear Lisboa (in 2002 and 2004), Zurich - ETH (in 2005 and 2006). He has been the co-director of 9 PhD thesis, and currently is co-directing 6 PhD students and 4 postdocs.

    Research interest

    Research focused on in-depth mechanistic understanding of the organometallic chemistry of coinage metals, and specially the fundamental M(I)/M(III) redox processes for copper, silver and gold. He is also interested in the mechanistic aspects behind first-row transition metal-catalyzed reactions for organic transformations, i.e. C-C and C-heteroatom cross-coupling reactions, C-H activation with directing groups, etc. Other research interests fall in the field of high oxidation states of other transition metals, and their involvement in organic transformations (i.e., C-H functionalization, alkane and alkene oxidations). The development of nanocages for catalysis and host-guest reactions is also pursued. The research group of Dr. Ribas was established in 2006. He has published more than 100 papers (h index 33), 4 book chapters and is the editor of the book entitled “C-H and C-X functionalization. Transition metal mediation”, published by RSC-Publishing in 2013.

    Key words

    Cu-based cross-couplings, Bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry of Cu(III), Coinage metal-mediated transformations, Transition Metal Mediated C-H functionalization, Bioinspired Fe and Mn oxidation Catalysts, Supramolecular nanovessels and nanoreactor

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2850-4409

    Resercher ID

    F-3945-2014
  • Ritort, Felix UB - 2018
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    Ritort, Felix

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Fisica de la Materia Condensada

    Research interest

    <p>In this period I have succeeded in making the <em>Small Biosystems Lab</em> a worldwide reference lab to investigate the thermodynamics and kinetics of biophysical processes at the single molecule level, a fabolous playground to test the nonequilibrium physics at the nanoscale. My contributions have spanned the study of intermolecular interactions (such as peptides and proteins binding to DNA [1,2]), intramolecular interactions (DNA hybridization, RNA and protein folding [3]) and fundamental research in nonequilibrium physics of molecular systems, where Brownian fluctuations rule energy, entropy and information flows [4,5]. My most recent research has demonstrated the power of combining nonequilibrium physics theories and single molecule methods to extract ligand-DNA binding free energies and binding sites by mechanically footprinting DNA with unprecedented accuracy [1,2].</p>

    <p>Two remarkable achievements open new exciting research venues for the coming years. First, we have build a unique optical tweezers instrument with temperature controller that operates in the range 5-40 C and that allows enthalpy and entropy measurements beyond the single weak molecular bond accuracy (1kT). Three additional optical tweezers and a magnetic tweezers instrument put my lab in the privileged position to make breakthroughs in this exciting field. Second, a new line of research based on electrical measurements of single molecule translocation across nanopores (using glass pipette nanochannels) is now available in the lab. The new electrical setup combined with optical tweezers allows for controlled molecular translocation through electrical and force measurements, offering a powerful tool for single molecule sequencing.</p>

    <p>I want also to emphasize the many collaborations I am currently engaged, in particular I&nbsp; mention the spin-off activity of building optical tweezers instruments for other universities (e.g. the optical tweezers instrument my lab built and sold in 2017 to the University of Padova).</p>


  • Solà, Miquel UdG - 2014
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    Solà, Miquel

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2014
    Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi

    Miquel Solà (1964) obtained his PhD at the UAB in 1991 with academic honours. His doctoral research under the supervision of Profs. Bertran and Lledós was awarded with the Saint Albert Prize. After several months in a consultant private company, in 1993 he moved to the University of Girona (UdG) as assistant researcher. In 1994 he did postdoctoral research in Amsterdam with Prof. Baerends and in 1995 in Calgary with Prof. Ziegler. He was appointed assistant professor of the UdG in 1997. In 2001, he got the Distinction for the Promotion of University Research (young scientist category). Since 2003, he holds a permanent position as full professor in the UdG. He received  ICREA Academia Awards in 2009 and 2014. In 2013 he got the Physical Chemistry prize awarded by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He is coauthor of about 330 scientific papers and he has supervised 15 doctoral Theses. He serves in the Editorial Board of Front. Chem., Theor. Chem. Acc., and Sci. Rep.

    Research interest

    He works in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry. In the last years, his research interests have been mainly focused on four research lines: i) the study of molecular aromaticity, and particularly the development of new indicators of aromaticity and the examination of new forms of aromaticity such as three-dimensional aromaticity, excited state aromaticity, metalloaromaticity, and multiple aromaticity; ii) the analysis of the nature of the chemical bond using energy decomposition analysis and different electron delocalization measures like multicenter electron delocalization indices or the electron localization function; iii) the investigation of organic and organometallic reaction mechanisms with special emphasis on the reactivity of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes, and iv) the critical assessment of reactivity principles derived in the framework of the conceptual density functional theory.

    Key words

    Chemistry, theoretical, computational, reaction mechanism, electronic structure

    ORCID

    0000-0002-1917-7450

    Resercher ID

    A-6155-2009
  • Tierno, Pietro UB - 2018
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    Tierno, Pietro

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada

    Research interest

    <p>My research experience involves experimental and theoretical approaches to scientific inquiry fundamental processes occurring in Soft Matter systems, including colloids, monolayers, polymers and liquid crystals. In the last 5 years, I built up a research group focused on developing new approaches to manipulate, transport and assemble colloidal matter with external fields. Besides the basic advances, my research lead to new applications in emerging technologies like micro-fluidics and drug-delivery in lab-on-a-chips. In particular, I discovered a powerful way to transport large ensemble of magnetic colloids by using the controlled motion of magnetic domain walls in ferromagnetic thin films. Using this technique, I was able to transport nano-scale chemicals and biological cargoes attached to chemically functionalized microscopic particles; to arrange colloidal crystals above magnetic defects, or to realize precise sorting on a single particle level. This method (US Patent No. 7,760,529 B2) opened a new area of research in colloidal transport at the microscale, going much beyond the capabilities offered by other techniques which use optical or electric fields. Another research line was the realization of artificial "micro-swimmers" based on magnetically driven DNA-linked colloidal composites. These microswimmers were particularly suited to operate in microfluidic devices, or to perform single drug-delivery operations on a microscopic chip. Using my multidisciplinary background, I developed several strategies to fabricate anisotropic magnetic colloids either via chemical approaches like DNA-binding, either via physical deformation of isotropic particles. My research also bring new ways to manipulate micro-scale solid or liquid emulsions in anisotropic liquids like nematic liquid crystals, or to realize novel active microrheological probes for complex media.</p>


  • Alarcon, Eduard UPC - 2018
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    Alarcon, Eduard

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Electronic Engineering

    Research interest

    <p>Our research activity has been hitherto focused in energy-constrained integrated circuits and systems, leveraging nanotechnologies up to complex systems with both computing and wireless communications, encompassing future generation multicore processors, wireless RF transmitters, small satellites and programmable electromagnetics metasurfaces.</p>

    <p>The multidisciplinary nature of the topic has been manifold, this emerging topics requiring different disciplines to converge, and has been catalyzed through a research focus with two main lines of activity, namely:</p>

    <p>1 Technological: (a) On-chip integration of energy management wideband adaptive energy supplies for energy-efficient implementation of next-generation mobile communications, including Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer frontends for IoT (b) graphene small antennas and RF circuits oriented to wireless networks on chip (c) Design of scalable miniaturized low power satellites, oriented to distributed constellation architectures for Earth Observation (d) Wireless networks on chip for scalable manycore computing (e) Nanocommunications for programmable electromagnetic metasurfaces.</p>

    <p>&nbsp;2 Methodological. Application of optimized designed methodologies, with translayer co-design and co-modelling techniques, including (a) circuit-system co-design of ultralowpower adaptive energy supplies on-chip (b) circuit/system co-design of Energy Harvesting and wireless power transfer for aerospace (d) circuit-oriented device modeling of breakthrough graphene-based wireless transceiver circuits (e) co-design of harvesting energy sources with energy conditioning and managing circuit frontends for wireless sensor network motes (f) physical layer-aware protocol and network architectures for graphene-enabled Thz band nano-scale communication networks (g) modelling and design of biological molecular communications at the nanoscale (h) satellite-aware communication-centric distributed spacecraft architectures.</p>


  • Arias Vicente, Irene UPC - 2016
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    Arias Vicente, Irene

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    After a BS/MS Civil Engineering studies at UPC, Irene Arias was granted a BSCH/Fulbright fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree with Prof. Achenbach at Northwestern University (USA) focusing on mathematical and computational modelling of nondestructive evaluation techniques. Right after graduation, she expanded her background in computational mechanics and materials modelling as a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Ortiz at Caltech. After joining the UPC faculty in 2004, she established a research program in modelling and simulation of active materials, funded by a Marie Curie International Reincorporation Grant and the Spanish Government. In 2015, she obtained a Starting Grant from the European Research Council devoted to enabling flexoelectric engineering through
modelling and simulation. 

    Research interest

    Her goal is to develop mathematical models and advanced simulation techniques to enable the conception and design of new materials and devices for electromechanical transduction. Recently, she became intrigued by a fairly unknown
mechanism of electromechanical transduction at the nanoscale, namely flexoelectricity. This mechanism, quite different from piezoelectricity and far less understood, is responsible for the generation of electric fields in any dielectric upon bending. Contrary to piezoelectricity, it is not restricted to a particular class of materials. Thus it broadens the class of materials used for electro-mechanical transduction, which could enable affordable, biocompatible and self-powered small-scale electromechanical transducers. However, there are fundamental open questions in the field of flexoelectricity, some of which she is trying to address through modelling and simulation.

    Key words

    Flexoelectricity, computational mechanics, mechanics of materials, multifunctional metamaterials, electromechanical modeling of solids, multiscale material modeling, ferroelectric materials, materials design, fracture mechanics

    ORCID

    0000-0002-6761-3499

    Resercher ID

    B-1528-2014
  • Arroyo, Marino UPC - 2015
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    Arroyo, Marino

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2015
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament d'enginyeria civil i ambiental

    Marino Arroyo graduated in civil engineering at the UPC, and then obtained a PhD from Northwestern University in 2003. After a postdoctoral stay at Caltech, he joined the UPC in 2005, where he is full professor since June 2017. He was also a visitor at the Institute for the Mathematics and its applications in Minnesota in 2005. Since 2017, he is an Associated Researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalunya (IBEC). He has published 60 original research articles in diverse fields including computational mechanics, solid mechanics, soft matter, biophysics or molecular simulation. He has received the ASME/BOEING Structures and Materials Award, the Zienkiewicz Young Scientist Award by ECCOMAS, was the Timoshenko Visiting Scholar at Stanford, and was a visiting professor at UPMC in Paris. He obtained an ERC Starting grant in 2009 and a Consolidator grant in 2016. He has advised 7 PhD theses and 5 postdoctoral researchers.

    Research interest

    His research goal is to develop theories and computational methods to understand the small-scale mechanics of materials and biological systems, with a recent emphasis on cell and tissue mechanobiology and bio-inspired materials. Together with an interdisciplinary group, he combines methods from mathematical and physical modeling, theoretical and applied mechanics, scientific computing, and computational mechanics to predict and quantify out-of-equilibrium chemo-mechanical phenomena associated with biological function, which control the mechanical functions of cells and tissues, including the way they organize in space and time, their motility, or the way they resist mechanical insults. He is also interested in distilling the engineering principles underlying biological system to conceive and build bio-inspired devices and materials. Past research includes meshfree methods for PDE and the mechanics of nanotubes and graphene.

    Key words

    Computational mechanics, theoretical and applied mechanics, 2D materials, mechanobiology, biomembranes, meshfree methods, multiscale modeling

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1647-940X

    Resercher ID

    B-5696-2008
  • Badia, Santiago UPC - 2014
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    Badia, Santiago

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Santiago Badia (Palma, 1978) is Full Professor of Computational Science and Engineering at UPC and leader of the “Large Scale Scientific Computing” Department at CIMNE. Since 2006, he has published 56 articles, 5 book chapters, and a monograph. He has been semi-plenary lecturer at the WCCM, and plenary lecturer at Coupled'15, HPCSE 2015, and YIC17. Prof. Badia has received the 2006 SEMNI and ECCOMAS awards for the best national and European thesis in computational mechanics, Outstanding PhD award at UPC 2005-2006, 2010 Juan Carlos Simo young researcher award in computational mechanics, 2012 Young Investigator Award in Applied Mathematics from the Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics, the 2016 Young Investigator award from the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, and Ramon y Cajal, Marie Curie, and UT Austin JT Oden fellowships. He obtained one Starting Grant and two Proof of Concept Grants from the European Research Council.

    Research interest

    His research focuses on the development, mathematical analysis, and application of numerical methods in engineering and sciences, and high performance scientific computing. He actively works on advanced discretization techniques, mainly finite elements, for the numerical approximation of complex multiphysics phenomena governed by partial differential equations, e.g., additive manufacturing and fusion reactor simulations. His research is also focused on massively parallel and optimal linear solvers for the (non)linear systems resulting from discretization. He is a main developer of FEMPAR, his team’s in-house code, a massively parallel finite element software distributed as free software that has been positioned as world’s most scalable domain decomposition solver, and has efficiently run at the whole JUQUEEN supercomputer (the largest supercomputer in Europe) on 458,672 processors. FEMPAR is now on the High-Q club of the most scalable European scientific computing codes.

    Key words

    Finite element methods, numerical analysis, large scale computing, domain decomposition, multi-physics simulations

    ORCID

    0000-0003-2391-4086

    Resercher ID

    L-8565-2014
  • Cabellos Aparicio, Albert UPC - 2016
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    Cabellos Aparicio, Albert

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Department of Computer Architecture

    Albert Cabellos (PhD 2008) became an associate professor in 2015 at the Computer Architecture Department (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). He is the co-founder and scientific director of the NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya. He has also founded the Open Overlay Router (http://openoverlayrouter.org) along with Cisco. He has been a visiting researcher at Cisco Systems and Agilent Technologies and a visiting professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UC Berkeley. He is also editor of two Elsevier Journals and co-founder of the ACM NANOCOM conference. He has participated in several national (Cicyt), EU (FP7 and H2020), USA (NSF) and industrial projects. He has given more than 15 invited talks, participated in several IETF RFCs, co-authored more than 40 journal and over 100 conference papers. His main research interests are nano-scale communications and software-based and knowledge-based computer networks.

    Research interest

    Albert’s main research interests are in the field of Computer Networks. Currently networks are evolving from a hardware-centric industry, where networks are fast but static and inefficient, to a software-centric field where networks will become flexible and programmable. Taking advantage of this ongoing evolution, Albert’s main research goal is to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to computer networks. By means of AI algorithms networks will be able to be deployed, operated and maintained truly autonomously. Such ‘intelligent’ networks will allow an unprecedented level of security and efficiency. This new paradigm is referred as ‘Knowledge-Defined Networking’.

    Key words

    Computer Networks, Software-Defined Networking, Knowledge-Defined Networking, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • CABEZA FABRA, LUISA FERNANDA UdL - 2018
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    CABEZA FABRA, LUISA FERNANDA

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · INFORMÀTICA I ENGINYERIA INDUSTRIAL

    Research interest

    <p>The period 2013-2017 I enjoyed an ICREA Academia grant, giving me more time to devote to research and supervising researchers (master students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows). Following my research plans, I started to work on thermochemical energy storage, not leaving at all also the research with sensible heat storage and latent heat storage. In the area of thermochemical energy storage, I have worked on the development of the technology of sorption for heating and cooling of buildings. In this area, I have co-authored different journal papers, I am co-supervising a PhD student, and I participate in three H2020 projects, showing the success in being recognized as expert on the topic already today. I have also started to work on thermochemical energy storage for high temperature applications (industry and CSP plants), but the lack of adequate equipment has done this more challenging. But when working on high temperature I saw the interest of waste energy recovery; within this topic I supervised a PhD on waste heat mapping. I continued the research on sensible heat storage and latent heat storage, focussing, for example, the development of characterisation methods for the materials used. I would like to highlight that I did more research on multiobjective optimization, control and the use of artificial intelligence in applications of sensible and latent applications (in buildings, industry, or CSP). It is worth mentioning my research on LCA analysis and embodied energy quantification of materials and applications. Finally, in the last past 5 years I have started to look more at social issues of thermal energy storage, with several publications as results from the two PhD students I am supervising on the topic.</p>


  • Camps Carmona, Adriano UPC - 2014
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    Camps Carmona, Adriano

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions

    Adriano Camps is a Telecommunications Engineer and PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and 1996. In 1991-1992 he was at the ENS Télécommunications de Bretagne, France, and in 1999 at the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published over 180 papers, over 350 conference presentations, holds 10 patents, and has supervised 22 PhD theses, and more than 110 Bachelor and Master Eng. theses. According to Google Scholar his work has received more than 5477 citations, and his h-index is 37. He is co-founder of BALAMIS SL and MITICS SL. He co-leads the UPC NanoSat Lab and is the Scientific Coordinator of the CommSensLab - Unidad de Excelencia María de Maeztu of UPC. In 2004 he received one of the European Young Investigator Awards, and in 2011 he was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE. He is the 2017 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

    Research interest

    His research interests are focused in microwave remote sensing, with special emphasis in microwave radiometry by aperture synthesis techniques (ESA SMOS mission and related concepts), in remote sensing using signals of opportunity (GNSS-R), and nanosatellites as test beds of new remote sensing instruments. He is the coPI of the first UPC nano-satellite 3Cat-1, a 1U CubeSat with 7 small technology demonstrators and scientific payloads, and the PI of 3Cat-2, a 6U CubeSat with the first dual-frequency dual-polarization GNSS-R payload. Both nano-satellites are scheduled for launch in H1 2016. In May 2017, ESA selected 3Cat-4 within the Fly your satellite program for a launch from the International Space Station. 3Cat-4 is a 1U CubeSat for GNSS-R and microwave radiometry technology demonstration.

    Key words

    (interferometric) microwave radiometry, GNSS-R, radio frequency interference, Earth Observation, nano-satellites

    ORCID

    0000-0002-9514-4992

    Resercher ID

    D-2592-2011
  • Carrera, David UPC - 2015
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    Carrera, David

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Arquitectura de Computadors

    David Carrera received the MS degree at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2002 and his PhD from the same university in 2008. He is an associate professor at the Computer Aachitecture Department of the UPC. He is also the Head of the “Data-Centric Computing” group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). In 2015 he was granted an ERC Starting Grant for the project HiEST (‘Holistic Integration of Emerging Supercomputing Technologies’, 1.5M€, 2015-2020). In 2017 he was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept project for the project Hi-OMICS. He is the PI for several industrial projects and collaborations with IBM, Microsoft and Cisco among others. He was a summer intern in 2006 and a Visiting Scientist in 2012 at IBM Watson. He has been involved in several EU and industrial research projects. He received an IBM Faculty Award in 2010. He is an IEEE member.

    Research interest

    His current research work focuses on the several topics: Data Center Optimization: providing holistic optimization solutions for the optimization of Data Centers, including the use of Active Storage technologies. Big Data Frameworks: development of technologies for developing mechanisms for an automated characterization of Big Data deployments to explore how runtime performance is affected by software and hardware configuration choices. Internet of Things and Stream Processing: Explore novel architectures of the emerging IoT stream processing platforms, that provide the capabilities of data stream composition, transformation and filtering in real time. Applied Learning Methods: leverage learning Algorithms for guiding task and data placement algorithms for Data Center optimization. Data-Centric Architectures: Build hardware prototypes for accelerating data-centric workloads, leveraging NVMs, GPUs, and FGPAs.

    Key words

    Cloud Computing, Big Data, Performance Modeling, Workload Characterization, Active Storage

    ORCID

    0000-0003-4898-3424

    Resercher ID

    O-9848-2014
  • Chemisana, Daniel UdL - 2018
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    Chemisana, Daniel

    Universitat de Lleida (UdL) · Applied Physics Section of the Environmental Sci. Dept. / Polytechnic School (The Polytechnic Institute of Research and Innovation in Sustainability)

    Research interest

    <p><u><strong>Topics</strong></u></p>

    <p><strong>1 Concentrating optics</strong></p>

    <p>Optical designs have been developed by implementing ray-tracing algorithms (including spectral energy sun characteristics) to model and optimize the following optical elements: Fresnel reflector &amp; lens, dielectric total internal reflective compound parabolic concentrators, conjugate refractive-reflective optics, holographic gratings and lenses and optical systems combining solid and liquid elements.</p>

    <p><strong>2 Photovoltaics (PVs)</strong></p>

    <p>In the case of PVs, the strategy adopted has been to optimize cell design and adapt existing technologies for several applications. Some examples are: i) the study by means of the generalized Shockley–Queisser model of several multijunction architectures under several spectral conditions to demonstrate how energy yield should be considered rather than cell efficiency; ii) the analysis of silicon solar cells behavior in the mid infrared region leading to several potential applications (radiative cooling, PV-thermal, etc).</p>

    <p><strong>3 Photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) collectors</strong></p>

    <p>Different PVTs have been built during the last years. To highlight two systems: i) holographic lenses that focused certain wavelengths to the PVs and the rest were spread onto the thermal absorber. Underneath the PV cells and the thermal absorber the heat exchanger was placed; ii) devices with direct immersion of the PVs in dielectric liquids that acted at the same time as thermal flowing liquid and concentrating element.</p>

    <p><strong>4 Energy modelling, control and simulation, including life cycle assessment (LCA)</strong></p>

    <p>The novel building integrated (BI) systems have been energetically modelled coupled to different building installations (domestic hot water, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, etc) and under several energy demands and weather conditions. LCA perspective has also been considered in the systems development.</p>

    <p><strong>5 BI for nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: cross-cutting topic</strong></p>

    <p>* Fabrication and experimental characterization (laboratory and outdoors) are included in all the topics.</p>


  • Codina Rovira, Ramon UPC - 2016
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    Codina Rovira, Ramon

    ICREA Academia 2011 & 2016
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament d'enginyeria civil i ambiental

    Ramon Codina Rovira (Terrassa, 1965) is professor of Structural and Continuum Mechanics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). In 1989 he graduated in civil engineering from the same university and in mathematics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He got his doctoral degree from the UPC in 1992. He is author of over 130 papers in first rank research journals dealing with the analysis and application of numerical methods. He is also recipient of several awards, among which the Distinció de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la promoció de la recerca universitària (2000), the J.L. Lions Award to Young Scientists in Computational Mathematics, from the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (2000) and the Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (2004). He has participated in several research projects, including 22 projects from different calls of the European Commission (7 of them as PI).

    Research interest

    The research of Ramon Codina is concerned with the development and mathematical analysis of numerical methods in engineering and applied sciences, with emphasis on finite element methods in fluid mechanics. From the analysis point of view, he has significant contributions in areas such as stabilized finite element methods, fractional step techniques or moving domain problems. In the application of numerical formulations to flow problems, he has highly cited works in the field of turbulence (with an original purely numerical approach), free boundary problems, thermally coupled flows, magneto-hydrodynamics, fluid-structure interaction problems or aero-acoustics. This research has been often motivated by research projects funded by the European Commission.

    Key words

    Incompressible flows, finite element methods, stabilization, fractional step schemes, multi-physics problems.

    ORCID

    0000-0002-7412-778X

    Resercher ID

    I-2311-2014
  • del Valle, Manel UAB - 2015
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    del Valle, Manel

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Chemistry

    Manel del Valle (Terrassa, 1963) received a degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and completed a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (1992) from the same university. Currently he is associate professor (1997) of Analytical Chemistry at UAB, and head of the Chemistry Studies. He completed postdoctoral stages in Newcastle (UK), Porto (Portugal), Graz (Austria) and Mexico. He was awarded the Young Researcher prize in Analytical Chemistry (SEQA, 1992), the prestigious Young Researcher Distinction for the Promotion of University Research (2001-2004) from the Generalitat de Catalunya, and an ICREA Academia (2010 and 2015). He is member of Editorial Board of the journals Talanta, Journal of Sensors and Bionics and Biomimetics. He has (co)supervised 20 PhD theses, and accounts for more than 200 publications and 4000 citations in ISI journals. He holds a h index of 34 (ISI), 36 (SCOPUS) or 42 (Google Scholar).

    Research interest

    Manel del Valle is a founding and active member of the Sensors & Biosensors Group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he leads lines of research on biosensors using electrochemical impedance transduction (genosensors and aptamer based) and electronic tongues employing potentiometric, voltammetric and impedimetric sensors. The latter are the paradigm in chemical sensing, that entails the use of sensor arrays with cross-response features plus advanced computer data processing, in a bioinspired manner. Late research has clearly reached the convergence of technologies: nanotechnology, biotechnology, information science and cogno systems; this corresponds to the incorporation of nanotechnology ideas to the development of biosensor array systems or bioelectronic tongues.

    Key words

    Biosensor arrays, electronic tongues, nanotechnology, genosensors, aptasensors, artificial neural networks, convergence of technologies

    ORCID

    0000-0002-1032-8611

    Resercher ID

    D-8171-2011
  • Domingo Ferrer, Josep URV - 2018
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    Domingo Ferrer, Josep

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Computer Engineering and Mathematics

    Research interest

    <p>I am an expert in data privacy and security technologies, inc.&nbsp;anonymization and cryptography.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

    <p>HIGHLIGHTS (2014-2018):</p>

    <blockquote>
    <ul>
    <li>H-index risen&nbsp;from 40 to 53, and&nbsp;citation count from 5,800 to over 11,400. One of Catalonia’s top-cited computer scientists.</li>
    <li>103 <em>new</em> publications, of which 15 articles in 1st-decile JCR journals.</li>
    <li>Raised EUR 2,151,825 of <em>new</em> research funding as a PI.</li>
    <li>Leader, CRISES-Security &amp; Privacy group (30 members), <em>uninterruptedly</em> <em>funded</em>&nbsp;(2002-2019) as a consolidated group (Govt. of Catalonia).</li>
    <li>Founding director,&nbsp;CYBERCAT-Center for Cybersecurity Research of Catalonia (since&nbsp;2018).</li>
    <li>Chairholder,&nbsp;UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy (since 2007).</li>
    <li>Coordinator,&nbsp;H2020 project “CLARUS” (2015-2017).&nbsp;</li>
    <li>PI,&nbsp;CO-UTILITY project (Templeton Foundation, 2014-2017).</li>
    <li>PI at URV,&nbsp;H2020 “CANVAS” (2016-2019).&nbsp;</li>
    <li>Coordinator,&nbsp;Spanish project “SmartGlacis” (2015-2019) and CONSOLIDER “ARES” Excellence Network (2016-2018)</li>
    <li>Winner and PI, Google Faculty Research Award&nbsp;(2014-2015).</li>
    <li>Co-PI of a&nbsp;project funded by the Australian Research Council.</li>
    <li>PI of 3&nbsp;research contracts with Huawei Germany and Finland (2015-2018).&nbsp;0,5 MEuro.</li>
    </ul>
    </blockquote>

    <p>&nbsp;</p>

    <p>SELECTED RESEARCH OUTCOMES (2014-2018):</p>

    <ul>
    <li>Connections and synergies between privacy models to improve the privacy-utility trade-off.</li>
    <li>Creator of the co-utility notion, to characterize situations in which the best rational option for a player is to help other players. Designed co-utile protocols for a number of applications (user privacy in databases or search engines, distributed reputation, ridesharing, etc.).&nbsp;</li>
    <li>Protocols and platform&nbsp;to use untrusted clouds for processing confidential data in a flexible way, without resorting to cryptography (CLARUS project).</li>
    <li>Cryptographic protocols to secure&nbsp;emerging networks (VANETs, fog computing).</li>
    </ul>

    <p>INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP:</p>

    <p>Mine is URV’s largest computer science group, so&nbsp;we have been decisive&nbsp;to place&nbsp;URV&nbsp;among the world’s top 150 universities in Computer Science (ARWU).&nbsp;http://www.shanghairanking.com/World-University-Rankings/University-Rovi...


  • Escalera Guerrero, Sergio UB - 2018
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    Escalera Guerrero, Sergio

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept. of Mathematics and Informatics

    Research interest

    <p>My research during last 5 years is focused on the design of new Computer Vision and Machine Learning models, within Artificial Intelligence, for the automatic analysis of humans in visual data to support eHealth and welfare scenarios. The main objective of my research has been, and is, to reproduce from a computational perspective the human visual system so that intelligent systems can provide with automatic interpretations of human behaviour from visual data, with a main focus of analysing visual data from non-invasive environments/setups (webcam, mobile camera, ambient intelligent cameras). This research is grounded on multi-disciplinary research, combining knowledge from computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence (computer vision and machine learning) and psychology to translate psychological theories into computational models. As a result, I created pioneer models, mainly based on deep learning and convolutional neural networks, that allow to detect and analyse people in visual data from different points of view: from human posture estimation, facial expression analysis, action/gesture/interaction recognition, to the automatic detection of feelings and personality profiles. Relevant designed applications include: emotional evolution of children with stroke in neuro-rehabilitation game scenarios, emotional analysis in mental health treatment with schizophrenia diseases, diagnosis support in children with attention deficit disorder based on automatic behaviour analysis, risk event recognition for people with reduced autonomy including the elder and cognitive impairments, automatic recognition of sign language for the deaf, static and dynamic body analysis for mattress recommendation in resting and physiotherapy/rehabilitation/fitness conditioning. My research has been also applied in security settings, such as user verification for accessibility and penal mediation processes in collaboration with the Justice Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.</p>


  • Ginebra, Maria Pau UPC - 2018
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    Ginebra, Maria Pau

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering

    Research interest

    <p>The awarding of the ICREA Academia in 2013 allowed me a major commitment to research, oriented to the application of biomimetic strategies for the design of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering, with a major focus in bone regeneration. Together with my research group, I have made significant contributions in the following directions:</p>

    <p>We have proposed the use of biomimetic routes for the processing of synthetic bone grafts, paying especial attention to the role of nanostructure and pore architecture of biomimetic hydroxyapatite in the interactions with cells and tissues. The use of low temperature mild processes has allowed the incorporating different kinds of drugs such as different antibiotics, and other biomolecules, like growth factor -binding molecules such as heparin, in the material. Using cell culture models we have analysed the interactions of biomimetic hydroxyapatite with the different cells relevant in the bone remodelling processes, covering the different stages from inflammation and osteoclastogenesis to angiogenesis and osteogenesis. We have been able to demonstrate that the chemistry and nanotopography of calcium phosphates can be used to tune the biological response, and more specifically the osteoimmunomodulation and the material-associated osteoinduction. &nbsp;</p>

    <p>On another hand, we have explored the interaction of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles with healthy and cancerous cells. We found that minute doping of hydroxyapatite with Mg was very toxic to osteosarcoma cells but preserved the viability of healthy cells. This opens a new field of research that we intend to exploit in future studies.</p>

    <p>Finally, the biofunctionalisation of metallic and ceramic substrates with organic molecules from the extracellular matrix, like integrin-binding or antibiotic peptides, has proven to be a very efficient strategy to develop cell-instructive materials for improved tissue integration and antibacterial properties.</p>


  • Gómez Gutiérrez, Emilia UPF - 2015
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    Gómez Gutiérrez, Emilia

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

    Emilia Gómez is an Associate Professor (Serra-Húnter Fellow) at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where she leads the Music Information Research Lab at the Music Technology Group. She graduated as a Telecommunication Engineer at Universidad de Sevilla (1999) and studied piano performance at Seville Conservatoire of Music. She then received a DEA in Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science applied to Music at IRCAM, Paris (2000) and a PhD in Computer Science at the UPF (2006, awarded by EPSON foundation). She has been lecturer at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and visiting researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Marie Curie Fellow), McGill University, Montreal, and Queen Mary University of London. She has co-authored more than a 100 peer-reviewed publications and software libraries, and contributed to more than 20 projects, mostly funded by the European Commission.

    Research interest

    Her research is motivated by her background in both engineering and music and is within the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) field. She tries to understand the way humans describe music and emulate these descriptions by computational models dealing with big music data. By integrating knowledge from signal processing, music theory, cognition and machine learning, she has developed methods to automatically describe music data (audio signals, scores and visual information) in terms of melody, tonality and rhythm; to measure similarity between pieces and automatically classify music according to style, emotion or culture. She is currently president-elect of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval and co-editor in chief of the open access journal Transactions of ISMIR.

    Key words

    Music information retrieval, big data, machine learning, audio signal processing

    ORCID

    ORCID 0000-0003-4983-3989 // SCOPUS 14015483200

    Resercher ID

    F-4485-2010
  • Gomila Lluch, Gabriel UB - 2014
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    Gomila Lluch, Gabriel

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

    Gabriel Gomila (Ciutadella, 1970) is associate professor (Professor Agregat) at the Department of Electronics of the University of Barcelona. He obtained his PhD in Physics in 1997. From 1999 to 2001 he was post-doctoral researcher at the Université de Montpellier, at the Università di Lecce and at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 2001 he obtained a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship at the University of Barcelona, where he got the tenure position in 2005. Since 2007 he is Group Leader at the Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya. Gomila has written over 70 publications in major international scientific journals including Nature Materials, PNAS, Nano Letters or ACSNano. He has been Principal Investigator in 7 research projects and is External Evaluator of the Spanish Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva (ANEP), of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and of the European Research Council (ERC). He received the Grant for Research Intensification in 2008.

    Research interest

    His research interests are focused on the development of novel nanoscale electrical measuring techniques for Material Science and Biology, with an emphasis on scanning probe microscopy methods. The final objective of his research is to unravel the electrical properties of biological matter (biomolecules, biomembranes, viruses, bacterial cells, etc.) with nanoscale spatial resolution, and design, based on them, new label-free biological characterization methods and new electronic biosensors. Currently the main challenges faced include the development of an electric nanoscale tomographic system for sub-surface imaging and of a nano-electrophysiological system for electrical activity recording in small scale biological systems.

    Key words

    Scanning Probe Microscopy, Dielectric Properties, Nanoscale materials, nanobiotechnology, nanomechanics

    ORCID

    000-0002-1949-1757

    Resercher ID

    E-1467-2017
  • González, Antonio UPC - 2014
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    González, Antonio

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Computer Architecture Department

    Antonio González (PhD 1989) joined the faculty of the Computer Architecture Department of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 1986 and has been Full Professor since 2002. He was the founding director of the Intel Barcelona Research Center from 2002 to 2014. He has published over 350 papers, has given over 100 invited talks, holds 46 patents and has advised 32 PhD theses in the area of computer architecture. He has served as associate editor for five IEEE and ACM journals, and program chair and general chair for the most prestigious symposia in his area. He has a long track record of innovations through transfers of his research results to commercial products, especially microprocessors. Antonio’s awards include the best student in computer engineering in Spain, the Rosina Ribalta award, the Duran Farell award, the Aritmel National Award of Informatics, the King Jaime I award, and the ICREA Academia award. He is an IEEE Fellow.

    Research interest

    Antonio’s research has focused on computer architecture, compilers and parallel processing, with special emphasis on microarchitecture and code generation techniques for the design of power efficient and reliable computing systems. One of his main current focuses is on Cognitive Computing architectures, where the goal is to devise new “intelligent” devices that will help people in their daily routines at work, home or for entertainment. In particular, he is investigating novel architectures for computer vision and speech recognition, as well as novel microarchitectures for graphics processors. Another area of his research is the design of reliable and resilient computing systems that can efficiently deal with the increasing vulnerability and variations exhibited by transistors as their dimensions keep shrinking. Finally, he is working on the design of energy-efficient computing architectures taking into account both the characteristics of future technology and applications.

    Key words

    Computer architecture, processor microarchitecture, power-efficiency, memory architecture, graphics processors

    ORCID

    0000-0002-0009-0996
  • Ivorra Cano, Antoni UPF - 2018
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    Ivorra Cano, Antoni

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Information and Communication Technologies

    Research interest

    <p><span>My research is focused on bioelectrical phenomena and, in particular, on exploring the use of these phenomena for implementing new methods and devices for biomedical applications.</span></p>

    <p><span>Since December 2014, I am a Tenured Associate Professor and a Serra Húnter Fellow at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Before obtaining tenure, I benefited from a Ramón y Cajal fellowship and a Marie Curie IRG grant at UPF. Prior to joining UPF, I enjoyed a four-year postdoctoral stay at the University of California at Berkeley (2005-2009) followed by an eight-month postdoctoral position at the CNRS- Institut Gustave Roussy (Villejuif, France).</span></p>

    <p><span>Since joining UPF, I have acted as an independent Principal Investigator. At UPF I have formed&nbsp;a research team (http://berg.upf.edu/) which is currently composed of 4 postdoctoral researchers and 5 PhD students.</span></p>

    <p><span>Most of my research during the last 5 years can be grouped into two areas:</span></p>

    <p><span>1) Killing harmful&nbsp;cells by electric currents. Together with my team and collaborators, I have performed a broad range of innovative studies in this area, ranging from basic modeling studies to pre-clinical studies and from liquid pasteurization to destruction of pancreatic and hepatic tumors. In addition to a number of scientific publications (15 journal papers in this area since 2013, out of 20), I have been co-inventor of two patents: one licensed to an American company (Voltmed Inc.) and another one currently explored for exploitation within the CaixaImpulse program. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>

    <p><span>2) Injectable electronics.&nbsp; I am exploring a disruptive method for interfacing with excitable tissues by means of implantable electronic microdevices. This method will yield an unprecedented level of minimal invasiveness in neuroprosthetics. I am aiming at applications for paralysis, cardiac pacing and pain management. In relation to this research initiative, I was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016 and, together with a European consortium, an H2020-ICT grant in 2017.</span></p>


  • LLOBET VALERO, EDUARD URV - 2018
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    LLOBET VALERO, EDUARD

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · Electronic, Electrical Engineering and Automation

    Research interest

    <p>I have grown single crystalline metal oxide nanomaterials employing bottom-up approaches. Specifically, I have developed custom-made reactors for achieving the self-catalysed growth of nanowires or nano-octahedra onto ceramic, silicon, silicon MEMS or polymeric substrates. I have demonstrated how n-type semiconductor nanowires can be grown and decorated with p-type nanoparticles on a single step and have refined this methodology to accurately control the loading. This enables achieving functional nanomaterials with heterojunctions at the nanoscale, with superior performance for gas sensing. These have been optimised employing exhaustive characterization techniques such as FE-SEM, HR-TEM, XPS, PL, Raman or DRIFTS under ‘operando’ conditions. I have gained insight in the surface chemistry, nature of defects and the specific mechanisms of interaction with target gases, unveiling gas-sensing mechanisms and structure-performance relationships. I have achieved control in the smart anodization process of valve metals via porous alumina templates for producing forests of self-organized, metal oxide nanocolumns or nanotubes that are free-standing and perpendicularly oriented to the substrate. Their promise in gas sensing or photo-electrochemical water splitting has been shown. Via the functionalisation of carbon nanomaterials employing cold plasmas, I have generated controlled defects for grafting metal nanoparticles or complex molecules, achieving highly sensitive and selective benzene sensors (European patent). Whenever possible, I have adapted the synthesis of the different nanomaterials to the development of gas sensors on polymeric substrates employing additive fabrication techniques. I have achieved nanomaterial-based flexible gas sensors with a performance that matches the one of conventional rigid devices. I am studying the use of advanced, closed loop control techniques or pulsed UV light for ameliorating sensor response dynamics, selectivity and stability.</p>


  • Llorca, Jordi UPC - 2014
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    Llorca, Jordi

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2014
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Institute of Energy Technologies

    Born in Barcelona in 1966, Jordi Llorca earned his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB), where he was later appointed Associate Professor and Ramón y Cajal Fellow. In 2005 he joined the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and in 2014 he became Full Professor as Serra Húnter Fellow. He has conducted research at the Univ. New Mexico (US) and CNRS and has been Invited Scholar at the Univ. Udine, Univ. Auckland, Univ. Aberdeen and CONICET. He received the Distinction of Generalitat de Catalunya to the Promotion of the University Research in 2003, the Humbert Torres Prize in 2003 and the ICREA Academia in 2009 and in 2014. He has been Director of the Institute of Energy Technologies, Director of the Centre for Research in NanoEngineering, and currently he is Director of the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering. He has published over 260 scholarly articles and authored 10 patents.

    Research interest

    Prof. Jordi Llorca is working on the design and manufacture of new devices at the nanoscale for conducting chemical reactions aimed at the generation, purification and separation of hydrogen for portable fuel cells as well as other processes related to energy and environmental applications. He is interested on the development of a new generation of highly efficient catalysts based on surface science studies as well as “in situ” and “operando” spectroscopy and microscopy at the atomic level addressed to unravel the catalytic active sites. He is involved in the design and manufacture of fuel reformers and catalytic membrane reactors for practical use and in the development of novel microreaction engineering concepts. Another research line conducted by Prof. Jordi Llorca is the direct production of hydrogen from water and sunlight at room temperature, which includes the synthesis and study of novel photocatalysts with semiconductors, metal nanoparticles and photonic crystals.

    Key words

    Catalysis, Hydrogen, Microreactors, Fuel Cells

    ORCID

    0000-0002-7447-9582

    Resercher ID

    M-8134-2014
  • López Peña, Antonio M. UAB - 2018
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    López Peña, Antonio M.

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Computer Vision Center

    Research interest

    <p><span>I work on <strong><em>perception-based AI drivers</em></strong> using <strong><em>supervised deep learning</em></strong>, a major research trend today. Ground truth (GT), i.e. supervision, is manually added to raw sensor data, which is a major bottleneck that researchers address by crowdsourcing. Since I think this is not an accurate and scalable solution (not all GT can be manually added),<strong> I pioneered a new paradigm</strong> consisting in the use of <strong><em>virtual worlds</em></strong> to develop such AIs. The advantage is that sensor data can be generated automatically from desired scenarios, with all kinds of accurate GT. However, AIs trained in virtual worlds suffer accuracy degradation (shift) when deployed in the real world. In 2014, we showed that the virtual-to-real shift is just a subcase of sensor-to-sensor shift, a <strong><em>domain adaptation</em></strong> (DA) problem. In 2016, <strong>we developed&nbsp;SYNTHIA</strong>, a breakthrough work where we combine synthetic data and DA for onboard perception with <em>convolutional neural networks</em> (<strong>CNNs</strong>), a direction now followed by many researchers (SYNTHIA has 240 citations).</span></p>

    <p><span>After SYNTHIA, several research units of technological companies funded personnel and hardware to support our research (overall with a higher budget than usual European projects). We talk weekly with company researches, publish the joint research and open source code and assets (a requirement from the companies!). In 2017, <strong>we developed the current state-of-the-art open source simulator for self-driving, CARLA</strong>. On top of it, we did research on <strong>new sensorimotor CNN-based AI drivers</strong> trained by what we call <strong><em>conditional imitation learning</em></strong>, alongside showing how CARLA can democratize and accelerate research on AI drivers worldwide. We also focused on <strong><em>lifelong learning</em></strong> for such AIs, from automatically detecting novel semantic classes to learning them without forgetting previous ones.</span></p>

    <p><span>I feel that I’m in the right research topic at the right moment, but I have to devote the 40% of my time to teaching activities, which is a serious barrier in the worldwide research competition.</span></p>


  • Lozano, Angel UPF - 2015
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    Lozano, Angel

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Information and Communication Technologies

    Angel Lozano received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (USA) in 1998 and was with Bell Labs (USA) between 1999 and 2008. From 2005 to 2008 he was also an Adj. Associate Professor at Columbia University (USA). Prof. Lozano is a Fellow of the IEEE. He holds 15 patents and his papers have received various awards including the Stephen O. Rice prize in 2008, the Fred W. Ellersick prize in 2016, and the IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society joint paper award also in 2016. He is the recepient of an ERC Advanced Grant for the period 2017-2021 and has held visiting appointments at the University of Texas at Austin (USA), Imperial College (UK), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the University of Minnesota (USA), Southeast University (China) the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Toronto (Canada).

    Research interest

    Prof. Lozano’s research activity is broadly centered on the field of wireless communications, spanning disciplines such as information theory, digital data transmission, signal processing, stochastic geometry and estimation. The main objective of his work is to improve the performance of wireless networks so as to increase the quantity of information that can be communicated reliably while consuming the least amount of resources (chiefly bandwidth and power) and with the least amount of complexity, which is a proxy for cost. Currently, he is looking into designs for the 5th generation of wireless networks, to be deployed after 2020.

    Key words

    Wireless Communications, Wireless Networks, Information Theory, Digital Communication

    ORCID

    0000-0003-3790-0494

    Resercher ID

    A-3332-2012
  • Marsal, Lluis URV - 2014
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    Marsal, Lluis

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) · of Electronic, Electric and Automatic Engineering

    Lluís F. Marsal (Tarragona, 1968) is Full Professor at the Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica of the Universitat Rovira I Virgili. He obtained his PhD degree in physics in 1997 from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Between 1998 and 1999, he was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the OSA. He is the chair of Spain Chapter of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) and a Distinguished Lecturer of the EDS-IEEE. In 2012, he received the URV’s RQR Award for quality in research and he is a recipient of the 2014 UniSA Distinguished Researcher Award from the University of South Australia. In 2017, he was made a distinguished professor by Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He has been visiting professor at several research institutions. He has authored more than 220 publications in international refereed journals and conferences, 2 books, 5 book chapters and holds two patents.

    Research interest

    His current research interests mainly focus on technologies based on micro- and nanoporous silicon and nanoporous alumina for biomedical and green energy applications. The structural engineering of porous alumina and silicon and its surface and interface functionalization in the micro-nanoscale regime allow to development of ultrasensitive and selective optical biosensing platforms, novel engineered drug delivery systems and micro-nano-engineered cellular microenvironments for 3D cell cultures and tissue engineering. He is also interested in the fabrication, characterization, and modeling of organic and hybrid nanostructured materials to enhance light-matter interactions and electro-optical properties in photonic and optoelectronic devices such as photovoltaic solar cells, detectors, and sensors.

    Key words

    Nanoporous, Biosensors, Nanotechnology, Nanophotonics, Energy

    ORCID

    0000-0002-5976-1408

    Resercher ID

    G-8852-2011
  • Martín, Ferran UAB - 2018
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    Martín, Ferran

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Enginyeria Electrònica

    Research interest

    <p>The applicant is internationally recognized for his application-oriented research in the field of <strong>microwave engineering</strong>, with special emphasis on <strong>metamaterials</strong> and related topics. The research has been mainly focused on three areas:</p>

    <ul>
    <li><strong>Advanced microwave circuits</strong>, most of them based on <strong>artificial transmission lines</strong>, a topic covered by a <strong>Wiley book</strong> published by the applicant in 2015. The main contribution concerns the design/modeling of <strong>compact differential filters</strong> <strong>and circuits</strong> with common mode suppression, <strong>dual/multiband components </strong>based on <strong>metamaterial transmission lines </strong>and <strong>substrate integrated waveguide </strong>(SIW) technology, and the design of reconfigurable components based on <strong>MEMS</strong>, <strong>liquid crystal polymer (LCP)</strong>&nbsp;technology, or <strong>ferroelectrics</strong>. A significant effort has been dedicated to the <strong>automated (unattended) synthesis</strong> of microwave components by means of space mapping algorithms.</li>
    <li><strong>Radiofrequency identification (RFID)</strong>. The main activity of the applicant has been the development of high-data capacity chipless-RFID systems, where it has been successfully demonstrated that <strong>unprecedented&nbsp;84-bit chipless tags</strong> implemented on <strong>paper substrate</strong> can be correctly read. The system is based on <strong>near-field coupling</strong> between the tag and the reader and uses a novel<strong> time-division multiplexing</strong> scheme for tag reading. Mainly pursued towards <strong>secure paper </strong>applications, this activity has lead to several <strong>contracts/projects</strong> with companies.</li>
    <li><strong>Microwave Sensors</strong>. Novel sensors based on <strong>symmetry properties</strong> and <strong>metamaterial concepts</strong> have been developed. <strong>Coupling modulation sensors </strong>(mostly focused on sensing displacements and velocities), and <strong>frequency splitting sensors</strong> (for dielectric characterization and analysis of liquid properties, in this latter case combined with <strong>microfluidic</strong> techniques) have been investigated. The main achievement is the development of a <strong>microwave rotary encoder </strong>with 1200 pulses, as an alternative to optical encoders for space applications <strong>(international project with ESA</strong> carried out)</li>
    </ul>


  • Martorell, Jordi UPC - 2016
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    Martorell, Jordi

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear/ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques

    Jordi Martorell received a PhD degree in Physics from Brown University (USA) in 1990 and he performed postdoctoral studies at New York University. He became a UPC professor in 1999 and since 2005 he is also head of the organic nano-structured photovoltaics group at ICFO. Jordi Martorell has mainly focused his research into the experimental study of new photonic concepts to shape the properties of optical materials, a field where he has made several key contributions: To control spontaneous emission in photonic crystals, to demonstrate phase matched non-linear light generation in centro-symmetric materials, and more recently to achieve second harmonic light generation from an extremely low number of molecules. In 2011 Jordi Martorell took a major turn in his research activities and focused the core of his activity to study fundamental aspects of photonics applied to thin film photovoltaics.

    Research interest

    Current research considers light management for an optimal solar energy harvesting, storage and use. Among the different areas being covered are: semi-transparent single junction solar cells using photonic strucutres to achieve world record performances, the study of alterantive trapping configurations by designing new cavity concepts capable to confine electromagnetic energy, as for instance, in non-harmonic but resonant cavity modes or in chaotic whispering gallery modes, the study of fundamental aspects in light-matter interaction as controlling the radiative recombination by the solar cell architecture to push the limits of photovoltaic efficiency, and the use of graphene for a direct storage of hydrogen atoms obtained from water splitting.

    Key words

    photonics, organic, photovoltaic, solar, nanotechnology, nanophotonics
  • Masoller, Cristina UPC - 2015
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    Masoller, Cristina

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear

    Cristina Masoller (1963, Montevideo, Uruguay) is Associated Professor in the group of Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She received the bachelor and MSc degrees in physics from Universidad de la República, Uruguay and the PhD degree in physics (1999) from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She has more than 20 years of research and teaching experience. She has published more than 130 articles and has supervised 7 PhD thesis. In 2015 Dr. Masoller was elected Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional society in optics and photonics. She was recognized for contributions in the area of nonlinear dynamics of optical systems.

    Research interest

    Dr. Masoller’s research is focused in dynamical complex systems. A main research line is in nonlinear photonics, in particular, in the dynamics of semiconductor lasers (delay-induced phenomena, extreme optical pulses, optical rogues, photonic neurons). She is also interested in big data analysis tools for the study of complex systems (symbolic analysis, complex networks). Specific interests include novel methods for the analysis of climatological data (climate networks) and complexity measures for the classification and characterization of complex images.

    Key words

    Nonlinear photonics, semiconductor lasers, complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, data analysis, nonlinear time-series analysis, complex networks, extreme events

    ORCID

    0000-0003-0768-2019

    Resercher ID

    M-3696-2014
  • Prades Garcia, Juan Daniel UB - 2018
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    Prades Garcia, Juan Daniel

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica i Biomèdica

    Research interest

    <p>My research domain is sensor technology, with focus on chemical and gas sensors. In the last 5 years I have centered my activities in addressing two of the main challenges in these field: lowering the power consumption and improving the selectivity of the response towards specific molecular compounds. This topic, and the strategies that I have followed, have been supported by the European Research Council with a Starting Grant [“BetterSense”, finishing June 2019, <a href="http://www.bettersense.eu/">http://www.bettersense.eu/</a>].</p>

    <p>As outcomes of this main activity I have developed:</p>

    <ol>
    <li>a new gas sensor principle offering zero-power operation [Adv. Mater.(2014) 10.1002/adma.201403073],</li>
    <li>two systematic strategies to lower the power consumption of existing technologies more than 3 orders of magnitude: the self-heating operation [Sens. Actuators B(2018) 10.1016/j.snb.2017.10.003] and the microLED technology [in press],</li>
    <li>improved the specificity towards selected gases by more than 2000% [Adv. Funct. Mater.(2014) 10.1002/adfm.201301478],</li>
    <li>a new ultra-low-cost sensor concept based on printed disposable sensors and smartphone cameras [ACS Sens.(2017) 10.1021/acssensors.7b00463, ERC Proof-of-Concept project “GasApp” and the startup "ColorSensing sl" <a href="http://www.color-sensing.eu">www.color-sensing.eu</a>].</li>
    </ol>

    <p>Since my first paper in 2007, my publication metrics are: 82 JCR journal papers (43 in the last 5 years), average impact factor 5.7, more than 2200 citations, h-index = 26.</p>

    <p>This activity has allowed me to establish my own research group of 13 people (10 PhD students, 2 PostDoc, 1 Application/Business Developer), which is currently funded by 5 ongoing projects [FET Open “ChipScope”, Eureka Eurostars “SnapGas”, “AGAUR Producte “ColorChecker”, BBVA and CaixaImpulse “DermaSnap”] (1.2 million Euros, on top of the ERC funding) obtained in the last couple of years.</p>

    <p>Therefore, 9 years after my PhD, I found myself in a fully active and expanding professional moment as a researcher that I combine with my teaching duties as Professor Agregat at the University (~90h/year).</p>


  • Radeva, Petia I. UB - 2014
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    Radeva, Petia I.

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · MAIA

    Petia Radeva completed her undergraduate study on Applied Mathematics at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1989. In 1996, she received a PhD degree in Computer Vision at UAB. In 2007, she moved as Tenured Associate professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Department of Mathematics and Informatics, where from 2009 to 2013 she was Director of Computer Science Undergraduate Studies. Petia Radeva is Head of the Consolidated Group Computer Vision at the University of Barcelona (CVUB) at UB and Head of the Medical Imaging Laboratory of Computer Vision Center (www.cvc.uab.es). She is a coautor of 24 international patents in the field of Computer Vision applied to Medical Imaging. Associate editor of International Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. She was a vice-chair of REA-FET-OPEN-2-2015 and REA-FET-OPEN-1-2016. She obtained an ICREA Academia in 2014 and the Prize “Antonio Caparrós” for the best technology transfer project of 2013.

    Research interest

    Petia Radeva’s research interests are on Development of learning-based approaches (specially, deep learning) for computer vision, and their application to health. Currently, she is involved on projects that study the application of wearable cameras and life-logging, to extract visual diary of individuals to be used for memory reinforcement of patients with mental diseases (e.g. Mild cognitive impairment). Moreover, she is exploring how to extract semantically meaningful events that characterise lifestyle and healthy habits of people from egocentric data. Other projects she is involved are: Machine learning tools for large scale object recognition, Food analysis by Computer Vision, Evaluation of intestinal motility by wireless endoscopy, Tissue characterisation and plaque analysis in carotid images, Automatic stent detection in IVUS, etc. She has h-index of 33 (Google Academic), with 1138 citations publishing 95 JCR articles and 232 international scientific publications.

    Key words

    Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Medical Imaging, Health applications
  • Velasco Esteban, Luis UPC - 2015
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    Velasco Esteban, Luis

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) · Computers Architecture

    He received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 1993, the MBA from UPM in 2001, and the PhD degree with honors from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2009. In 1989 he joined Telefonica of Spain and was involved on the specifications and first office application of Telefonica’s SDH transport network. In 2004 he joined UPC, where currently he is an associate professor at the Department of Computers Architecture (DAC). He has co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed International Journals and Conferences and co-authored two books. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) and in the TPC of several international conferences as well as reviewer of international journals. He has participated in various IST FP-6, FP-7, and H2020 European research projects such as NOBEL 2, e-Photon/ONe+, DICONET, BONE, STRONGEST, IDEALIST, GÉANT, and METRO-HAUL.

    Research interest

    My research has been focused on multilayer optical networks, specifically on Network planning and re-optimization. However, the development of new innovative services need also a cloud and core networks orchestration to cope with the increasing complexity of networks technologies and services; we call this as the Telecom Cloud. Here, we deal with large problems that need to be solved before a network is deployed or updated on-line while the network is in operation (to be deployed in Software Defined Networking (SDN) controllers). Furthermore, the exploitation of big data storage and analysis solutions is of paramount importance since they facilitate the exploitation of SDN programmability and flexibility while supporting self-configuration of network topology to variable workload demands during lifetime. As a result, I’m also doing research on big data analytics, including distributed architectures where algorithms run inside nodes, to bring cognition to the Telecom Cloud.

    Key words

    Cognitive Optical networks

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0002-7345-296X

    Resercher ID

    L-2335-2014
  • Andres Lacueva, Cristina UB - 2018
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    Andres Lacueva, Cristina

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Nutrition, Food Science & Gastronomy Department. Pharmacy and Food Science Faculty

    Research interest

    <p>My scientific activity is mainly focused in dietary and nutritional assessment as the major determinants of human health. The alarming increase in diet-related diseases highlights the importance of accurate measurement of food intake to understand the links between diet and optimal health status or risk of disease.</p>

    <p>This activity has comprised different purposes: i) the understanding of qualitative and quantitative links between diet, nutritional phenotype and risk factors for diet-related chronic diseases; and ii) the discovery of proper and predictive biomarkers that characterize the trajectory from health to disease in the context of dietary intake and phenotypic changes. In this area, the main goals of my research have been:</p>

    <p>i) Applying intensively LC-MSdriven untargeted and targeted metabolomics analysis to understand how new dietary biomarkers identified modulate diet-disease risk associations using pathway and network approaches.</p>

    <p>ii) The identification of robust “metabolic signatures of eating habits” for a range of foods of high public health significance</p>

    <p>iii) To define and develop new methodological strategies for the biomarker discovery.</p>

    <p>iv) The development of an in-house human metabolome database and bioinformatic and biostatistic tools for the interpretation and identification of new biomarkers .</p>

    <p>The multidisciplinarity of this research has demanded a strong collaboration with other groups, including Clinical groups&nbsp;(Prof. Rodríguez-Mañas, Dr Ferucci, from the Spanish National Health Network CIBER on Frailty &amp; Healthy aging) analytical chemists (John Draper, Aberystwyth University), statistician (Alex Sanchex from IRVH) and biochemists (David Wishart, University of Alberta, &amp; Prof Griffin, from Cambridge University). These research interests justified&nbsp;our decision to joint CIBERFES&nbsp;and be the first group from 20 on ranking. Likewise, I am the head of the Biomarkers and Nutritional Metabolomic group, awarded by the Catalan funding agency (SGR).</p>


  • Araus Ortega, Jose Luis UB - 2018
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    Araus Ortega, Jose Luis

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Plant Biology - Faculty of Biology

    Research interest

    <p><span>My research in the last 5 years is summarized below. Numbers in brackets refer to the papers published in international peer reviewed journals as detailed in the CV uploaded with this application.</span></p>

    <p><span>Rationale: As the world's population continues to grow rapidly and becomes more demanding, the pressure on resources is increasing, whilst climate change poses further challenges. The need to accelerate plant breeding for increased yield potential and better adaptation to abiotic stresses is an issue of increasing urgency. My group has internationally-proven experience on the study of the ecophysiological mechanisms determining yield productivity and adaptation of the main cereal crops (wheat, maize and barley) to major abiotic stresses (water scarcity, salinity, heat, low N). The research we cover is diverse, including plant physiology-metabolism-gene expression, crop breeding and reconstruction of agricultural conditions from antiquity, but all of them are very original in the implemented approaches and very productive in terms of high-impact publications.</span></p>

    <p><span>The specific areas comprise:</span></p>

    <p><span>a) The interaction between photosynthetic carbon and nitrogen metabolism, including the study of non-laminar photosynthetic organs like the inflorescence (1-19);</span></p>

    <p><span>b) Development and application of high-throughput phenotyping methodologies, including remote sensing techniques based on the use of hyperspectral, RGB and thermal sensors at ground an aerial levels and the use of the natural abundances of stable isotopes (C, N and O) in plant matter (20-45);</span></p>

    <p><span>c) Another breeding approach is to study the genetic advance of major crops and the physiological and agronomical mechanisms involved (46-52);</span></p>

    <p><span>d) In a very different context but taking advantage of our experience with stable C and N isotopes and ecophysiology we are pioneers on studies reconstructing growing conditions from the past (53-55).</span></p>


  • Bosch Fusté, Elena UPF - 2015
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    Bosch Fusté, Elena

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut

    Elena Bosch (Barcelona, 1972) graduated in Biology at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1995 and, after pursuing her doctoral research on population genomics of the North African populations, obtained her PhD at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In February 2000, she moved to the UK, where she was appointed Research Assistant at the University of Leicester to work on the human Y chromosome diversity and dynamics, in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Jobling. In 2004, thanks to a “Ramón y Cajal” contract, she established her own research group on Evolutionary Population Genetics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In December 2008, she was awarded tenure with an Associate Professor (“professor agregat”) position that changed to Assistant Professor (“professor titular”) in February 2012. In 2013, she was awarded with the Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the Social Council of the UPF.

    Research interest

    My research group focuses on investigating different aspects of human genetic diversity. In particular, I am interested in: (i) human adaptation, that is, in identifying traits that have undergone positive selection during human evolution in order to understand the adaptive events that have shaped our genomes; and (ii) the architecture of the genetic predisposition to complex disease. The search for genetic signatures of selection is pursued at different levels using comparative data and exploring intraspecific diversity patterns mainly within human populations but also in chimpanzees. In those cases where the imprint of selection is confirmed, we aim to determine the molecular bases of the functional adaptation. As for complex disease, we believe that the application of population genetic models can help in unraveling the genetic contribution to them as well as in understanding the differences in penetrance, age of onset, and risk allele frequencies between genetic disorders.

    Key words

    Population genetics, evolution, genetic epidemiology, human adaptation.

    ORCID

    0000-0003-2848-103X

    Resercher ID

    D-8681-2014
  • BOSCH TUBERT, FATIMA UAB - 2018
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    BOSCH TUBERT, FATIMA

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Research interest

    <p>1. NEW GENE THERAPIES FOR DIABETES.</p>

    <p>There is no cure for diabetes and current therapies are unable to prevent long-term complications. The development of novel therapies is an urgent need. We have demonstrated that gene therapy strategies based on adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV)-mediated genetic manipulation of key metabolic tissues, such as skeletal muscle, pancreas, liver or adipose tissue are able to counteract diabetes in mice and dogs. Thus, we genetically manipulated skeletal muscle of diabetic dogs to counteract hyperglycemia by increasing glucose uptake by co-expression of insulin and glucokinase. We successfully demonstrated long-term survival. We have also reversed Type 1 diabetes by in vivo manipulation of pancreas with AAV-IGF-1 vectors. We also successfully used AAV vectors to achieve long-term production of FGF21 to treat obesity and insulin resistance. Our results constitute the basis to support the future clinical translation to treat diabetes and related comorbidities.</p>

    <p>2. GENE THERAPY FOR MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDOSIS (MPS).</p>

    <p>Following interactions with patients’ associations, we initiated research on gene therapies for MPS, devastating lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by deficits in enzymes involved in the catabolism of mucopolysaccharides. Our studies led to the establishment of a platform for the treatment of LSD that course with neurodegeneration based on the delivery to the cerebrospinal fluid of AAV9 vectors encoding for deficient enzymes. This strategy was efficacious in 4 different MPSs, with strong evidence for biochemical, histological and functional correction of disease, and was safely scalable to a dog model using a technique&nbsp; used in pediatric neurosurgery. Furthermore, the clinical development for the first three diseases, for which efficacy has been demonstrated, has already started through a private-public partnership between UAB and the pharmaceutical company ESTEVE. For MPSIIIA, the Phase I/II trial has initiated in May 2018.</p>


  • Brugada i Terradellas, Ramon UdG - 2015
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    Brugada i Terradellas, Ramon

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat de Girona (UdG) · Medical Sciences and Girona Institute of Biomedical Research (IDIBGI)

    Ramon Brugada (1966, Banyoles) obtained his MD in 1990 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He specialized in Internal Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, and in Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. After 16 years, he returned home in 2008 to launch the new Medical School at the University of Girona. He presently works at the three main pillars of the academic project in Girona: i) TEACHING: He was the first Dean of Medicine. He led an innovative problem-based-learning teaching proposal. The first class, 2014, ranked number 1, among 37 medical schools in Spain, in the MIR exam. Since 2015 then he remains Professor of Medicine. ii) CLINICAL CARE: Chief of Cardiology at the Hospitals Dr Trueta and Santa Caterina. Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Unit, specialized center for cardiac inherited diseases. iii) RESEARCH:   Director of GenCardio at the Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Girona (IDIBGI).

    Research interest

    GenCardio investigates the mechanisms associated with sudden cardiac death in the young from different aspects of biomedicine: genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, basic electrophysiology, bioinformatics and clinical cardiology. The group has published extensively in the field and has made seminal contributions, like the publication of the first genes for Brugada syndrome and short QT syndrome. Among the ongoing research projects stand the Moscat project (Sudden Cardiac Death in Catalonia) as well as the Girona Vital project, the largest public access defibrillation program in Europe. GenCardio actively participates in translational research and development of diagnostic tools. Thus, in the last years it has developed genetic panels for sudden cardiac death, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy and congenital cardiac diseases. In 2011 GenCardio launched the Diagnostic laboratory, a referral laboratory for genetic diagnosis of inherited cardiac diseases.

    Key words

    Sudden death, genetics.

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0001-6607-3032
  • Campo, Elias UB - 2018
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    Campo, Elias

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Fonaments Clínics

    Research interest

    <p><strong>Genome/Epigenome Projects of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)</strong>: We have made seminal contributions in CLL in&nbsp;the last years which include the whole genome/exome sequences, transcriptome, and reference epigenomes of a large cohort of patients (Genome Res 2014, Nature.2015, Nat Genet&nbsp;2015, Nat Med&nbsp;2018) These studies have revealed a genomic complexity of unexpected dimensions with the identification of new genes and metabolic pathways involved in cancer and the recognition of new mutagenic mechanisms. The functional and clinical impact of various genes which had never been considered as genes involved in cancer has been identified and new disease subtypes, new biomarkers and new therapeutic targets are being characterized (Blood 2016, Blood 2018). Our studies have shown that this new approach to global knowledge of the cancer genome opens the prospect of unexpected dimensions in understanding the disease and its clinical implications.&nbsp;</p>

    <p><strong>Mantle cell lymphoma&nbsp;(MCL)</strong>. The&nbsp;main recent contributions have been:&nbsp;&nbsp;1) Clinical and biological characterization of a new&nbsp;molecular subtype of the disease&nbsp;with different pathogenesis and clinical impact that has been recently accepted&nbsp;in the updated WHO classification of lymphoid neoplasms (Cancer Cell &nbsp;2016;Blood 2016;&nbsp;Blood 2018); 2) Characterization of the oncogenic function of SOX11 in MCL, its transcriptional regulatory program and its value&nbsp;as clinical biomarker (Blood. 2014;Leukemia 2016;Blood 2017); 3) Definition for the first time of genome wide methylation profile of MCL&nbsp;with the identification of two cell of origins in naive and memory like B&nbsp;cells with different clinical impact&nbsp;(Cancer Cell &nbsp;2016;). 4) Design, analytical validation and clinical evaluation of two&nbsp;gene expression based assays for diagnosis risk stratification of the patients (J Clin Oncol 2017, Blood 2018). 5) Identification of cyclin D1 new function in global regulation of trasncriptional acitivity in lymphoid neoplasms (J Clin Invest 2018).</p>


  • Comas, David UPF - 2016
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    Comas, David

    ICREA Academia 2011 & 2016
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut

    He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Barcelona where he also obtained his PhD (awarded with the “Premi Claustre de Doctors de la UB”) at the Animal Biology Department (Anthropology Unit) in 1997. He performed predoctoral and postdoctoral stays at the Zoologisches Institut (LMU, Munich), the Anthony Nolan Trust-Royal Free Hospital (London), and the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Helsinki), studying human population genetics. He obtained a “Ramon y Cajal” position in 2001 at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the UPF where he is now an associate professor. In 2007 he received the Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the Social Council of the UPF. From 2007 to 2016 he has been the director of the UPF PhD program in Biomedicine, and from 2014 to 2016 the Vicedirector of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) in Barcelona. He has recently appointed as the Director of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the UPF.

    Research interest

    His research is focused on the causes and consequences of the genetic diversity in human populations. He aims to understand the genomic (such as mutation, recombination) and demographic (such as migrations, admixture) evolutionary mechanisms that have modeled the human genome in order to unravel the population and epidemiological consequences of the human genetic diversity.

    Key words

    Genome diversity, population genetics, human genome.

    ORCID

    0000-0002-5075-0956

    Resercher ID

    D-5382-2014
  • Corominas Guiu, Montserrat UB - 2015
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    Corominas Guiu, Montserrat

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Genetics

    Montserrat Corominas i Guiu graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1981. She next worked at the Department of Physiology of the UB Medical School on the role of ADP-ribosylation in differentiation of the spermatogenic germ line and received her PhD in Biology in 1986. Sponsored by a fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science she joined the Department of Pathology at NYU Medical Center in New York in 1987 as a post-doctoral fellow to work on ras mutations in cancer. Later, she moved to the Division of Toxicology at MIT in Boston to study the role of fos and trk oncogenes. She returned to Barcelona in 1992 with a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at the UB. Her research of the last years has focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying development and regeneration in Drosophila. She teaches undergraduate and master courses and has directed 10 PhD theses.

    Research interest

    Successful development and regeneration processes demand a hierarchal and well- controlled balance between proliferation, differentiation and metabolic functions, which are mostly orchestrated by signaling molecules and transcriptional regulation. Although similar gene networks participate in both, development and regeneration, there are important differences in the intensity of the signals or the levels of transcription. The ultimate goal of our research group is to understand how transcription is regulated during development and regeneration using Drosophila larval imaginal discs, epithelia that generate adult structures, as a model system. In particular, we want to elucidate how transcription factors drive gene expression programs through interaction with genomic elements, such as enhancers, and how chromatin modifications (mainly histone modifications) contribute to gene expression changes during development and regeneration.

    Key words

    Development, regeneration, transcription, chromatin,

    ORCID

    0000-0002-0724-8346

    Resercher ID

    K-6528-2012
  • Díez Antón, Juana UPF - 2016
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    Díez Antón, Juana

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Experimental and Health Sciences

    Juana Díez is an Associate Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra. After obtaining her PhD in Biology from the University Autónoma de Madrid, she made a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Virology (Madison, USA) where she was subsequently hired as Research Associate. Since 2001 she leads the Molecular Virology group at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, UPF. She has received two prizes for innovation in teaching by the Social Council of the UPF. From 2017 she is the coordinator of the Human Biology Studies at the UPF. 

    Research interest

     New and Emerging viruses such as Denguevirus, Chikungunya virus or Zika virus are a major threat to human health. Because of their simplicity, they completely depend on the infected cell to multiply. The main research interest of our group is to decipher key aspects of this intimate interaction and to identify novel broad-spectrum antiviral strategies that interfere with them. For this we combine cellular and molecular technologies with cutting-edge –omics and systems biology approaches.

    Key words

    emerging viruses, virus-cell interactions, broad-spectrum antivirals

    ORCID

    http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9013-0751

    Resercher ID

    D-3402-2014
  • Duñach, Mireia UAB - 2014
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    Duñach, Mireia

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Dept. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology -CEB

    Mireia Duñach is Full Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) since 2006. After obtaining her PhD in Biochemistry at the UAB in 1986, she moved for a first a postdoctoral stay at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (Paris). Later in 1989 she did a second post-doc in a collaborative project between Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Back in Barcelona in 1991, she strarted her own research group at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the UAB, where she has worked since then. She teaches Biophysics to Medicine and Biomedical Sciences pregraduate students. The research in her group has been focused towards the regulation of cellular contacts in epithelial cells and the involvement of adhesion proteins in gene expression. She has published more than 60 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and has been member of several scientific advisory committees at different institutions.

    Research interest

    The current research of the group is oriented towards the study of the signaling pathways triggered by extracellular Wnt factors, both canonical and non-canonical, activating signaling cascades involved in epithelial tumorigenesis. Canonical Wnt signals require the action of two proteins associated with E-cadherin at cel·lular contacts, β-catenin and p120-catenin. Although both, canonical and non-canonical pathways, share some common elements they differ in the final output. The group is investigating these common and divergent events and their involvement in pathological processes such as the invasion of epithelial cells.

    Key words

    Cell-to-cell contacts, Wnt signaling, beta-catenin, p120-catenin, E-cadherin

    ORCID

    0000-0001-9844-5603

    Resercher ID

    E-3604-2015
  • Estévez, Raúl UB - 2014
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    Estévez, Raúl

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Ciències Fisiològiques II

    Raúl Estévez studied Biochemistry (1994) at the University of Barcelona, where he also obtained his PhD in Biochemistry (2000, under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Palacín), finishing both studies with extraordinary honours. He also possesses an Interuniversitary Master of Business and Administration from 1999. Following three years of postdoctoral research at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Jenstch and four years as a Ramón y Cajal researcher, he started to work at the University of Barcelona as Professor of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Estévez is member of CIBERER. His research is now focused on rare genetic diseases related to movement of chloride across membranes.

    Research interest

    Chloride is the most abundant anion in organisms. Plasma membrane chloride channels from the CLC and LRRC8 family are important for several physiological functions such as regulation of excitability in nerve cells and muscle, for cell volume regulation as well as for transepithelial transport. The physiological roles of several chloride channels are illustrated by human inherited diseases caused by mutations in their genes or in auxiliary subunits that regulate their functions. Thus, defects in CLC and LRRC8 proteins have been related with hyper excitability of skeletal muscle, salt loss in the kidney and deafness (Bartter’s syndrome), leukodystrophy (myelin alteration) with edema in the white matter or agammaglobulinemia. Our aim is try to understand chloride channel regulation in order to provide therapeutical solutions to affected patients. We use a multidisciplinary approach by applying imaging, electrophysiology and biochemistry methods.

    Key words

    Myelin, Cell volume, ion channels, membrane proteins, astrocyte

    ORCID

    0000-0003-1579-650x
  • Ginès Gibert, Pere UB - 2014
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    Ginès Gibert, Pere

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Dept of Medicina Univ. de Barcelona; Hospital Clinic

    Pere Ginès is a physician scientist in the field of liver diseases. He is the current chairman of the Liver Unit of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona. He obtained his degree in Medicine in the University of Barcelona School of Medicine and did his training in Digestive and Liver diseases in the Hospital Clínic. He obtained his PhD in the same University. His scientific career has taken place in the Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, University of Colorado, and University of Calgary. He is currently the principal investigator of the IDIBAPS group “Mechanisms of liver diseases and complications of cirrhosis”.

    Research interest

    The main research interests of his group are the mechanisms of liver cell injury in liver diseases and how liver injury progresses from an acute to a chronic condition. In recent years, the research has been focused on the role of a number of mediators of liver cell injury, including cytokines, chemokines and miRNAs, as well as the possible participation of liver stem cells. His group is also studying gene expression and molecular mechanisms in a number of human chronic liver diseases to identify potential targets of therapy to prevent disease progression. On the clinical side, the research has been focused in biomarkers to predict clinical outcomes in cirrhosis. Other important areas of clinical research are the pathogenesis and management of the acute-on-chronic liver failure syndrome (ACLF), the potential role of the microbiome in the complications of cirrhosis, and the pathogenesis and management of acute kidney injury, particularly hepatorenal syndrome.

    Key words

    Liver, Cirrhosis, Renal failure, Ascites, Fatty Liver

    ORCID

    0000-000304504

    Resercher ID

    C-7730-2014
  • Gonzalez-Solis Bou, Jacob UB - 2018
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    Gonzalez-Solis Bou, Jacob

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals

    Research interest

    <p>I am a researcher in the fields of evolutionary, population and environmental biology. My research aims to understand the key processes driving the spatial and temporal dynamics of animal populations. I mainly focus on movement ecology, symbiotic interactions and marine environmental chemistry, using seabirds as the main study model. I am concerned with the loss of biodiversity and therefore all my research intends to contribute to the field of conservation biology. My research includes observational and experimental field studies integrating multidisciplinary approaches and tools, such as molecular, stable isotope, physiological, microbiological and contamination analyses. I am leading a team of two posdocts, 9 PhD students and a number of MSc and undergrad students. We instrument animals with different sort of devices, such as GPSs, GLSs, wet-dry sensors and accelerometers, to track their foraging and migratory movements and behaviour. Our tracking data are contributing to several processes of identification and assessment of important bird areas at sea (mIBAs), marine protected areas and the study of seabird-fishery interactions in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Our activities also include building capacity in developing countries by training students, technicians and field assistants as well as increasing public awareness on anthropogenic threats to seabirds and to the marine environment. Our main research sites are in the Macaronesic archipelagos, particularly Cape Verde and Canary Islands, as well as in some Antarctic and subantarctic localities. Long-term studies in ecological research are essential to document key changes in the environment and therefore we monitored some of these study sites for &gt;10 years now. We hold a large network of international research collaborations in France, UK, Germany, Portugal, Iceland, Cape Verde, Senegal, South Africa and Chile. We also collaborate with a number of NGOs in Spain and Cape Verde.</p>


  • Hidalgo Hernando, Elena UPF - 2015
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    Hidalgo Hernando, Elena

    ICREA Academia 2010 & 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut

    Elena Hidalgo graduated in Pharmacy at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she obtained her PhD at the Biochemistry Department in 1991. She performed two postdoctoral stages during eight years in the labs of Bruce Demple (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston) and Nic Jones (Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London), studying how cells respond to oxidative stress. She was recruited by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2000, where she is now full professor. As a University member, she is both teaching and working on research as the co-director of the Oxidative Stress and Cell Cycle Group.

    Research interest

    Oxidative stress constitutes the basis of physio-pathological situations such as neurodegenerative diseases and aging. However, reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide also exert signaling roles: they may activate antioxidant cascades, and endogenous increases of these species may even improve the overall fitness of the cell and trigger life span. Our lab uses the eukaryotic model system Schizosaccharomyces pombe to study the toxicity associated to oxygen-derived species, specifically protein oxidation and aggregation, and to describe the signaling processes controlled by oxidants.

    Key words

    Oxidative stress - signaling cascades - gene regulation - protein homeostasis - thiol chemistry

    ORCID

    0000-0002-3768-6785

    Resercher ID

    K-2919-2014
  • Lopez-Rodriguez, Cristina UPF - 2014
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    Lopez-Rodriguez, Cristina

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut

    Cristina López-Rodríguez is Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where she directs her research group at the Immunology Unit (https://www.upf.edu/web/genimmune) and also coordinates the Master in Biomedical Research. Cristina obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1996 with the distinction of the Extraordinary Thesis award. She did her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, where she got the position of Instructor in the department of Pathology (2001), and received the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Research Special Fellow recognition. In 2004 she obtained a Ramon y Cajal and a Group Leader position at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, and in 2006 she transferred her group to the department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) of UPF at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB).

    Research interest

    Our group is interested in the connection between inflammation and disease. Briefly, how pro- and anti-inflammatory immune responses are balanced to benefit the organism, and how disrupting this balance contributes to conditions such as loss of pathogen control, the progression of cancer, and transplant rejection. We approach this question by focusing on the identification of mechanisms regulating gene expression and chromatin configuration that now emerge as novel points of control of the inflammatory response.

    Key words

    Immune responses, innate immunity, inflammation, mouse models of disease, gene expression, chromatin regulation, NFAT5

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2311-2406

    Resercher ID

    G-4482-2014
  • Maldonado López, Rafael UPF - 2015
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    Maldonado López, Rafael

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Laboratory of Neuropharmacology. Department of Experimental and Health Sciences

    Rafael Maldonado received his Medical Degree (1985) from the University of Cadiz (Spain), where he also obtained a PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology (1988) on the study of morphine dependence. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Pharmacochemistry (1990) at the INSERM U266-University René Descartes Paris V (France) on the study of the endogenous opioid system. He was a postdoctoral fellow (1990-1991) at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA), directed by Prof. George F. Koob, where he studied opioid and cocaine dependence. He returned to the laboratory of Molecular Pharmacochemistry (INSERM U266), directed by Prof. Bernard P. Roques in Paris, and he obtained a permanent position as Scientific Researcher (CR-1) in the INSERM (1992) and lead a team devoted to the study of the cannabinoid and opioid systems. In 2000 he obtained a permanent position as Professor of Pharmacology at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), where he is director of the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology.

    Research interest

    Dr. Maldonado carried out research for eleven years in France and the USA and, since 2000, as Professor of Pharmacology at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), where he founded the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology, now with 38 people under his direction. His research is focused in the study of the neurochemical basis of drug dependence and related disorders, including affective, pain and eating disorders, aiming at the development of novel behavioural models. He has over 286 scientific articles in international journals (H-index 60) and has been Principal Investigator for 30 years of research grants funded by the main Spanish, European and USA agencies. He is also reviewer/member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, and has collaborated with public authorities and private companies in the research policy and pharmaceuticals development on novel treatments for drug abuse, metabolic disorders and pain. He is member of the French Academy of Pharmacy.

    Key words

    Drug addiction, affective disorders, neuropathic pain, neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology

    ORCID

    0000-0002-4359-8773

    Resercher ID

    F-5657-2014
  • Munné-Bosch, Sergi UB - 2014
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    Munné-Bosch, Sergi

    ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biologia Vegetal

    Sergi Munné-Bosch (ICREA Academia Prize 2008 and 2014) was born in Barcelona, Spain, 1974. He received the Biology and PhD degrees at the University of Barcelona, during 1996 and 1999, respectively. He has performed several stays abroad, including the University of Hannover and University of Kiel (Germany), University of Fukuyama (Japan), Montana State University and University of Virginia (USA). Since 2003, he is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Barcelona. During 2000 and 2003, he was a recipient of the Plant Water Relations and Plant Physiology Awards, respectively, given by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiologists. He is an author of more than 170 articles in scientific journals, 16 book chapters and has edited 2 books. He is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental and Experimental Botany (Elsevier) and is leading several research projects, including both basic and applied aspects of plant biology.

    Research interest

    We are mainly interested in the study of the function of tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) in plants, including studies on the role of these compounds in plant stress tolerance, leaf and flower senescence, whole-plant senescence and seed aging. We are also interested in the study of other low-molecular-weight antioxidants, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids, flavonoids and phenolic diterpenes. Also, we aim at better understanding plant responses to water and oxidative stresses, as well as the mechanisms underlying stress memory in plants. Furthermore, we investigate the physiological consequences of sexual dimorphism in plants, and the photoprotective and antioxidant capacity of invasive plants relative to native ones in Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Finally, we study hormonal, redox and stress signaling, with an emphasis on linking vitamin E with ethylene and jasmonate signaling.

    Key words

    Antioxidants, Mediterranean plants, redox regulation, senescence, stress responses

    ORCID

    0000-0001-6523-6848

    Resercher ID

    N-3302-2014
  • Ozaita, Andrés UPF - 2016
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    Ozaita, Andrés

    ICREA Academia 2016
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Dept Ciencias Experimentales y de la Salud

    Andrés Ozaita graduated in Biology at the University of the Basque Country (1992). He obtained his PhD degree in Biology (1996) at the University of the Balearic Islands in the field of Neuropharmacology. He did his postdoctoral training at the New York University School of Medicine (1997-2003) focused on the study of the molecular components of neuronal and cardiac potassium channels. In 2003, he was appointed Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at University Pompeu Fabra, and in 2008 he joined the faculty of this department where he teaches undergraduate and master degree courses. He has received an American Heart Association postdoctoral award (2001), and the Dr. Antoni Esteve Foundation award in Pharmacology research (2011 and 2015).

    Research interest

    Our research is focused on the study of memory and motor coordination from the molecular to the functional level in healthy and diseased states. We use preclinical models of drug exposure and models of genetic neurodevelopmental disorders to investigate the mechanisms involved in brain deficits. Our studies show that an important neuromodulatory system, the endocannabinoid system, is key in controlling neuronal plasticity and proper brain functionality. In this regard, we have characterized aberrant alterations in neuronal plasticity and brain dysfunction produced both by drugs that impact directly on the endocannabinoid system, like cannabis, and by genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, like fragile X syndrome. Based on our knowledge of the endocannabinoid system we are nowadays analyzing and proposing new therapeutic strategies in order to improve memory and motor coordination that could be applied to pathological situations.

    Key words

    intellectual disability, animal models, neuropharmacology, neural plasticity

    ORCID

    0000-0002-2239-7403

    Resercher ID

    H-3411-2015
  • Posas Garriga, Francesc UPF - 2018
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    Posas Garriga, Francesc

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

    Research interest

    <p><span>The main objective of my group is to unravel the mechanisms underlying the regulation of stress adaptation by SAPKs (Stress Activated Protein Kinases) in both yeast and mammals. Here I summarize the work done during my previous ICREA Academia award (2014-2018). We have studied some of the basic properties of the signaling process using a combination of mathematical models, dedicated biochemical measurements, single cell analyses and transcriptomics to describe new feedback control elements of the HOG pathway. The control of gene expression and cell cycle progression are two essential responses for stress adaptation. Induction of gene expression corresponds not only to mRNA coding genes but also to a large set of lncRNAs, some relevant for cell cycle control. In addition, we have characterized the role of histone marks and the regulation of elongation during adaptation by the Hog1 MAPK. We have uncovered how core components of the cell cycle machinery are regulated upon stress and found that the control of cyclin expression both in yeast and mammals is mediated by RB (or its orthologue Whi5). These findings have served to define a new mechanism of RB regulation relevant for preventing tumor formation. We have also described a new regulatory mechanism for S-phase progression that serves to prevent transcription-replication conflict upon stress. Applying distributed multicellular computation and our expertise in synthetic biology and signaling, we have implemented new devices for biological computation, in collaboration with R. Sole's group. During my scientific career, I have published 104 articles (with 6776 citations), of which 27 correspond to the period 2014-2018; some in Molecular Cell (2x), Nature Comm, Cell Rep and collaborations in Science and Nat Comm. The impact of the previous ICREA Academia Award is also reflected by the citations of the articles; from 246/year (2003-2008), 384/year (2009-2013) and 450/year (2014-2017) (ISI Web of Knowledge).</span></p>


  • Pujades Corbi, Cristina UPF - 2015
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    Pujades Corbi, Cristina

    ICREA Academia 2015
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) · Departament de Ciencies Experimentals i de la Salut

    I am an Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. After getting my PhD in Biology from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1991, I went for a postdoctoral stay to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School (Boston) where I worked in cell adhesion receptors. Looking for a more holistic view of science, in late 1995 I moved to the École Normale Supérieure in Paris to study the embryonic development of the Central Nervous System (CNS). I spent several years in Paris, first as a postdoctoral fellow in the ENS (1995-99), and then with an independent position at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (1999-2010). In 2002, I joined the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I have been Academic Secretary (2007-10) and Vice-Chair (2010-13). Since 2015, I am the Rector’s Delegate for Research. My group works in questions related to embryonic tissue segmentation and cell fate acquisition in the CNS.

    Research interest

    A central problem in developmental neurobiology is to understand how multiple cell types are generated and maintained in highly organized spatial patterns. The Central Nervous System is initially subdivided into regions with distinct identity that underlies the generation of a specific set of cell types, each of which must arise at the right time and place and in the correct proportions for normal development and function. We focus our studies on the embryonic development of the hindbrain, as a model to study how cellular compartments operate during brain development, and how the neurogenic capacity is allocated. Our interest is to unveil when and how brain progenitors commit to a given fate and how they behave once committed. Therefore we tackle this studying how and when cell fate is established and how the different cell lineages are generated within the brain. We combine high-resolution imaging with genetics, using the zebrafish embryo as a model system.

    Key words

    Developmental neurobiology, segmentation, compartments, cell lineage, morphogenesis, neurogenesis, cell specification, life 3D-imaging

    ORCID

    0000-0001-6423-7451

    Resercher ID

    F-7908-2014
  • Roca-Cusachs Soulere, Pere UB - 2018
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    Roca-Cusachs Soulere, Pere

    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Biomedicina

    Research interest

    <p>I established my group (currently 11 members) in 2012, with a joint position at the University of Barcelona (currently Professor Agregat Serra-Húnter) and at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) as group leader. Our research investigates how cells detect and respond to mechanical stimuli like forces or tissue rigidity, which are fundamental in cell function and impact processes in development, cancer, or wound healing, among others. To approach this question, we combine materials science, biophysics, molecular biology and other disciplines (see research plans below), in a heavily interdisciplinary approach which in the last 5 years has led to the following main findings (all corresponding author papers, see CV for full list):</p>

    <ul>
    <li>The role of α-actinin as a force transmitter to the matrix (Roca-Cusachs&nbsp;et al., 2013,&nbsp;<em>PNAS</em>)</li>
    <li>How integrins regulate tissue rigidity sensing (Elosegui-Artola&nbsp;et al., 2014,&nbsp;<em>Nat.&nbsp;Mater.</em>)</li>
    <li>The physical principles of membrane response to force (Kosmalska et al., 2015,&nbsp;<em>Nat.&nbsp;Commun.</em>)</li>
    <li>How cells sense tissue rigidity and transduce it into downstream signalling (Elosegui-Artola et al., 2016<em>, Nat.&nbsp;Cell Biol.)</em></li>
    <li>How cells migrate collectively in response to rigidity gradients (Sunyer et al., 2016,&nbsp;<em>Science)</em></li>
    <li>How cells detect ligand spatial distribution <em>(</em>Oria et al., 2017,<em> Nature)</em></li>
    <li>The mechanism of mechanosensitivity of the transcriptional regulator YAP (Elosegui-Artola et al., 2017, <em>Cell</em>).</li>
    <li>How cells sense substrate viscosity (Bennett et al., 2018, <em>PNAS</em>).</li>
    <li>Several review papers (in <em>Nat. Cell Biol</em>, <em>Curr. Opin. Cell Biol</em>., <em>Trends Cell Biol</em>., see CV).</li>
    </ul>

    <p>I have funding from several Spanish and European sources (738 K€ for 2018), including a H2020 FET proactive project that I coordinate. I am an EMBO young investigator (one of five in Spain, and two in Catalonia), and I have coordinated the first Network of Excellence specifically dedicated to mechanobiology funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.</p>


  • Soriano García, Eduardo UB - 2014
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    Soriano García, Eduardo

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Cell Biology

    Eduardo Soriano (ES) received his PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Barcelona in 1986 (Supervisor, Alfonso Fairén). After post-doctoral training at the Universities of Lausanne, Frankfurt and Freiburg (Profs. Hendrik van der Loos and Michael Frotscher), he was appointed Associate Professor at the Institute of Cell Biology (University of Barcelona) in 1989, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 1995. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Michael Frotscher), the INSERM U-106 (Constantino Sotelo, Paris), and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma (Mariano Barbacid, Princeton-USA). He has been honored with national awards, including the “Rey Jaime I Research Award” (2000) and The “Francisco Cobos Biomedical Research Award” (2001). He has been Chairman of the National Biomedicine Granting Program (ANEP) 2008-2010, member and Vice-Chair (2009) of the LS5 Panel (2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017) at the ERC and Elected Member of the RACAB.

    Research interest

    The main goal of the laboratory is to understand how key developmental genes play a fundamental role in neuronal plasticity in the adult brain, which is crucial for complex neural functions (eg., learning and memory). The rationale is that adult plasticity (adult neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity) is reminiscent of developmental processes. Because dysregulation of adult neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity are implicated in neurological, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, we aim also to understand how these genes contribute to the pathology of these diseases and whether modelling developmental genes in the adult brain ameliorate these neural disorders. Reelin is an extracellular protein that is critical for neural migration and synaptogenesis. To unravel the function of this developmental gene in the adult forebrain, we have generated conditional transgenic mice that overexpress Reelin and conditional (floxed) reelin KO mice.

    Key words

    Neurosciences, Cell Biology, Neurological Diseases, Development, Plasticity

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0001-9260-9291
  • Surralles Calonge, Jordi UAB - 2018
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    Surralles Calonge, Jordi

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Department of Genetics and Microbiology

    Research interest

    <p>Prof.Surrallés leads an internationally competitive group in the field of cancer-prone DNA repair syndromes.Since 2013, he obtained 2M€ in research grants leading to the discovery of 8 new disease genes involved in 6 syndromes and to advance therapeutic research. Main research results are (*indicates Surrallés team as corresponding/first authorship):</p>

    <p>-Discovery of a breast cancer susceptibility gene, EDC4, involved in DNA repair and mutated in familiar breast cancer patients (Nature Communications* 2018,<strong> IF: 12,35</strong>)</p>

    <p>-Discovery that FAN1 is a colon cancer susceptibility gene (Gastroenterology* 2015, <strong>IF: 20,77</strong>).</p>

    <p>-Discovery of 2 new FA genes, ERCC4 and RFWD3, published in Am J Hum Genetics*2013 <strong>(IF: 10,94</strong>) and J Clin Invest 2017 (<strong>IF: 13.25</strong>)</p>

    <p>-Discovery that FANCM is a breast cancer susceptibility gene (Hum Mol Genet 2015,<strong> IF: 7,7</strong>) that causes an FA-like syndrome (Genet Med* 2018, IF: 9,93)</p>

    <p>-Discovery of two new Bloom syndrome genes, TOP3A and RMN1 (Am J Hum Genet, 2018, <strong>IF: 12,2</strong>)</p>

    <p>-Discovery of a new Sertoli Cells Only Syndrome gene (Genet Med* 2018;<strong> IF: 9,93</strong>)</p>

    <p>-Orphan drug designation (ODD by European Medicines Agency) applications and patents: Surrallés led the repurposing of ambroxol (patent), afatinib (patent and OOD submitted) and gefitinib (ODD application granted) to treat FA patients.</p>

    <p>-Clinical trials: ongoing clinical trials on FA gene therapy and in 2 USA-based trials on chemoprevention of FA using metformin (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children Hospital) or quercetin (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center).</p>

    <p>-Discovery of CDK5RAP3 expression as novel biomarker of breast cancer survival and response to treatment (European patent filed; publication pending)</p>

    <p>-Advanced cell and gene therapy studies using IPS cells (Nature Communications 2014; <strong>IF: 12,35</strong>), gene therapy(Blood 2017;<strong> IF: 15,25</strong>), genome editing (EMBO Mol Med 2014; <strong>IF: 10,3</strong>) or HSC transplant using saviour babies(Genet Med*; <strong>IF: 9,93</strong>).</p>


  • Ventura Zamora, Salvador UAB - 2015
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    Ventura Zamora, Salvador

    ICREA Academia 2009 & 2015
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular/Institut de Biotecnologia Biomedicina

    Salvador Ventura is Chair Professor at the Dep. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine and leader of the Protein Folding and Conformational Diseases group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has authored more than 170 research and review papers, apart from several books and patents; pronounced around 100 invited conferences in national and international meetings and supervised over 40 research grants from public and private institutions. He got his Ph. D. in Biology at the UAB in 1998 and was a postdoctoral fellow at EMBL-Heidelberg. He has been researcher at Harvard Medical School (USA) and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), among other international centres. He re-joined UAB as a “Ramon y Cajal” researcher in 2003. Dr. Ventura has received the UAB Excellence Research Award (2008) and the ICREA Academia (2009 & 2015).

    Research interest

    The long-term goal of our research is to contribute to decipher the mechanisms of protein homeostasis in the cell. We use a multidisciplinary approach to address fundamental aspects of protein folding, misfolding and aggregation. In addition to define the basic mechanistic principles underlying these processes, we aim to understand how their deregulation leads to the onset of a series of human conformational disorders, which include neurodegenerative diseases, but also diabetes or cancer. This knowledge should ultimately pave the way for the development of novel therapeutic strategies to target these devastating pathologies.

    Key words

    Protein folding, Protein Aggregation, Amyloid, Protein Design, Conformational Disorders, Prions

    ORCID

    orcid.org/0000-0002-9652-6351

    Resercher ID

    C-7021-2008
  • Villarroya, Francesc UB - 2014
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    Villarroya, Francesc

    ICREA Academia 2014
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB) · Departament de Bioquimica i Biologia Molecular

    Villarroya is full professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and current scientific director of the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona. He obtained his PhD at the University of Barcelona and after post-doc research in CNRS (Paris) and New York University Medical Center, he established a research group on energy metabolism and adiposity. His findings have been published in close to two hundred articles, some of them in major journals such as Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature Comm, NEJM and Diabetes. Research is supported by local and international agencies, charities and in collaboration with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is member of the steering committees of CIBERobn (Spanish institute for obesity research) and SEEDO (Spanish Society for Studies on Obesity), and editorial board member of the journals Endocrinology and Endocrine. He has acted as member of national and international (France, Portugal, Sweden) agencies of research evaluation.

    Research interest

    Research interest has been to identify the major molecular actors controlling energy metabolism and adiposity, and their relationship with diseases such as diabetes, obesity and lipodystroy. The role of mitochondrial function as well as the regulation of the differentiation of distinct white and brown adipose cells has been a major focus. Francesc Villarroya and his team identified major mechanisms of transcriptional control of the genes encoding UCP1, the key mediator of protection against obesity via brown fat thermogenesis and energy expenditure, and other uncoupling proteins. More recently, fibroblast growth factor-21 was identified as a novel actor in the control of brown fat activity and its consequences in the control of systemic metabolism, with powerful potential for complex metabolic diseases.

    Key words

    Metabolism, endocrinology, adipose, mitochondria, transcription
  • Villaverde, Antonio UAB - 2018
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    Villaverde, Antonio

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) · Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina

    Research interest

    <p>My activities can be summarized through two main research lines:</p>

    <p><strong>1- Design of protein nanoparticles for cell-targeted drug delivery</strong>. We have evaluated peptidic ligands of cell surface tumoral markers as convenient agents of innovative antitumoral drugs and drug vehicles. The most potent identified ligand, the peptide T22, has been incorporated as targeting agent in self-assembling protein nanoparticles. Sizing around 20 nm, these materials are fully biocompatible and when systemically administered, they selectively bind to and internalize CXCR4<sup>+</sup> cells in primary tumor and metastatic foci in cancer animal models. CXCR4 is overexpressed in metastatic cancer stem cells of more than 20 human neoplasias. In this context, these nanoparticles have been used as carriers of conventional antitumoral drugs and also of self-assembling pro-apoptotic factors, and microbial and plant toxins. This approach has proved the emerging nanomedical concept of self-assembled, self-targeted and self-delivered drugs. These principles have generated 3 patents licensed to the start-up company Nanoligent SL.</p>

    <p><strong>2- Exploitation of bacterial inclusion bodies as <em>in vivo</em> depots for slow protein drug release</strong>. Bacterial inclusion bodies (IBs) are submicron functional amyloids. Recently, we have offered insights on their biomedical applicability by revealing that IBs mimic functions of the endocrine system. Many peptidic hormones are released from amyloidal reservoirs, with a structure compatible with that of IBs. By exploring further this issue we have described how tailored IBs can be implanted in animal models to slowly release peptides with anitumoral activities and also protein nanoparticles for remote targeted drug delivery. We have adapted endotoxin-free cell factories such as LPS-free <em>E. coli </em>strains, the yeast <em>P. pastoris</em> and the gram-positive bacterium <em>L. lactis</em> as safer producers of these materials. IBs can also be applied to tissue engineering scenarios or as new generation oral vaccines.</p>