Los ICREA

Los catedráticos de investigación de ICREA forman una comunidad dinámica de científicos e investigadores de todas las áreas del conocimiento, que contribuyen al progreso de la humanidad con sus estudios, interpretaciones y cuestionamientos. Entre y descubra sus increíbles descubrimientos y hallazgos:

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    Antonio Acín
    Acín Dal Maschio, Antonio
    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO)
    Engineering Sciences
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    Research interests

    Acín's main research interest is in quantum information theory. This is a scientific area that studies how information is processed and transmitted when encoded on quantum particles. Using quantum effects, new information tasks become possible: more powerful computers, novel cryptographic protocols with unprucedented levels of security or more precise sensing devices. It is a highly inter-disciplinary area combining tools and concepts from mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering. Acín's research activity also covers aspects of foundations of quantum physics, quantum thermodynamics, many-body physics and quantum optics.

    Key words

    Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Thermodynamics, Many-Body Physics and Quantum Optics.
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    Jordi Agustí
    Agustí Ballester, Jordi
    Research Professor at
    Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My main field of interest is the environmental and biogeographic changes in the Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems in the last 10 milion years. I accomplish this goal throughout the study of the fossils of small mammals. This key time includes a number of critical climatic phases, such as the onset of the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation at 2.6 Ma, the early Pleistocene crisis at 1.8 Ma and the early-middle Pleistocene transition at 0.8 Ma. These crises have modelled the evolution of our own lineage, the hominids, which experienced significant changes following these climatic events. My research has therefore been developed in those areas having extraordinary conditions to follow these changes, either in the Iberian Peninsula (Vallès-Penedès and Guadix-Baza basins) or outside (northern Africa and, most specially, Georgia). Most of these areas are also key ones in order to elucidate the evolution of our lineage during the last 10 Ma, in relation with climatic and environmental changes.

    Key words

    Mammals, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Paleoecology, Paleobiology

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7240-1992

    RESEARCHER ID

    : G-5993-2015
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    Tomás Alarcón
    Alarcón, Tomás
    Research Professor at
    Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    My research focuses on Mathematical Biology, particularly in multi-scale and stochastic modelling of tumour growth and tumour-induced angiogenesis. The main aim of my research is to understand the mechanisms involved in drug resitance and formulate therapeutic strategies which are robust to such mechanisms. Although tumour growth is my main field of specialisation, I am interested in other areas of Mathematical Biology, particularly regarding the effects of random fluctuations in cell regulatory systens and population dynamics, robustness and evolvability, and the stochastic dynamics of HIV-1-infection in patients treated with potent anti-retroviral therapy. 

    Key words

    mathematical biology, stochastic modelling, tumour growth, multiscale modelling

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0002-8566-3676

    RESEARCHER ID

    : D-9083-2013
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    Mar Albà
    Albà Soler, M. Mar
    Research Professor at
    Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques (IMIM)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    As a result of a continuous process of gene birth and death, the genomes from different species contain different sets of genes. Some of these genes encode new functional proteins and facilitate the adaptation to a changing environment. Some new genes originate by gene duplication, but others emerge de novo from previously non-coding genomic sequences. We study the different mechanisms of gene birth using a combination of comparative genomics, high throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) and ribosome profiling data (Ribo-Seq). We have shown that transcription and translation are pervasive and result in many putative precursors of novel proteins. We are aiming at a quantitative and qualitative description of the still poorly understood process of de novo gene formation.    

    Key words

    genomics; molecular evolution; transcriptomics

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-7963-7375
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    Anna Alberni
    Alberni Jordà, Anna
    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    Alberni’s research focuses on the study of medieval Romance poetry as an essential part of Europe’s cultural past. More specifically, she works on issues of poetic genre, intertextuality, discoursive traditions and textual criticism. During the last years Alberni has extensively dedicated her efforts to the consolidation of the research group created in 2009 in order to develop her project The Last Song of the Troubadours. Linguistic Codification and Construction of a Literary Canon in the Crown of Aragon (ERC-StG-2008). Her actual research project, Ioculator seu Mimus. Performing Music and Poetry in Medieval Iberia (ERC-CoG-2017), intends to transform our understanding of medieval Romance poetry and music by establishing a corpus of archive records of unprecedented size and breath on the lives and careers of the minstrels who performed in the Crown of Aragon from the mid 13th to the mid 15th centuries. This new data will shed crucial light on the literary and musical repertories circulating in the South of Europe in the late medieval period.

    Key words

    Medieval Poetry, Textual Criticism, Codicology, Rhetorics, Book Production, Cultural History
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    Rosa María Albert
    Albert Cristóbal, Rosa María
    Research Professor at
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Humanities
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    Research interests

    My research interest focuses on three different aspects, human use of plants, reconstruction of the vegetation of human occupied landscapes, and their consequent impact in the landscape. Some of the most remarkable aspects of my research include the vegetation reconstruction of environments associated with the development of early homo populations in Eastern Africa, the use of fire by prehistoric populations, and the origins and development of agriculture. To do this, I use a multi-proxi approach based on mineralogical analyses of archaeological and closely related sediments and preserved archaeological tools, and analyze their microscopic components, to identify plant remains (phytoliths, starches, calcium oxalates) and other biological microremains (diatoms, sponge spicules, chrysophytes, spherulites). In later years, I have also devoted part of my time to develop digital platforms to exchange databases to improve dissemination of microarchaeological research ( www.PhytCore.org).

    Key words

    Prehistory, Archaeology, Paleolandscape reconstruction, Vegetal resources, Phytoliths, geoarchaeology, first hominins

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0003-1722-9445

    RESEARCHER ID

    : ID=7202686146

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