Nuevos ICREA

ICREA es una comunidad en expansión. Cada año, nuevos catedráticos de investigación se incorporan a nuestra institución tras la convocatoria Sénior. Esta es la lista de las incorporaciones más recientes. Desde aquí queremos darles una calurosa bienvenida a la comunidad de ICREA: ¡Bienvenidos!

Marco Baroni

Social & Behavioural Sciences
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1 Jan, 2019
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Marco is a (computational) linguist and cognitive scientist. Most recently, his main research interest lies in understanding what and how deep artificial neural networks learn about language, with the ultimate goal to determine what (if anything) is unique about human language. For these purposes, Marco designs deep-learning-based computer programs that learn or evolve linguistic skills in natural scenarios, and tools to analyze the communication systems they develop.

Giuseppe Battaglia

Engineering Sciences
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1 Jan, 2019
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I'm a bioengineer with a keen interest in the soft matter and biological physics. I lead a research group whose activities sit between applied and fundamental research and merge physical and life science intimately. Our long-term goal is to design novel strategies for the engineering of bionic units capable of navigating the human body and deliver either therapeutic agents or diagnostic probes precisely.  We apply a constructionist approach where we mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional units from simple building blocks and their interactions. Such an approach, we christened as Molecular Bionics, allows us to both replicate biological complexity to create model surrogates as well as to engineer novel carriers to deliver of anticancer drugs, antibiotics, genes, proteins and diagnostic probes. We achieve both objectives developing experimental and theoretical methods to probe biological complexity and the material/cell interface. We are very active in novel experimental techniques such as molecular engineering, liquid phase electron microscopy and ultrafast imaging as well as very keen to apply both computational modelling and theoretical statistical physics to support our experiments. 

Rebekah Clements

Humanities
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1 Oct, 2018
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Rebekah Clements is a historian of Japan, specializing in the Tokugawa period (1600-1868). Her research focuses on language, society, and the characteristics of Japanese early modernity, as understood in the broader context of East Asia. She is currently working on the linguistic and religious networks of exchange that linked seventeenth and early eighteenth century Japanese elites with Chinese and Korean exiles present in Japan following the Imjin War.of 1592-1598 and the fall of the Ming Dynasty. This work takes place within her project funded by the European Research Council, "The Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598".

Ruben Durante

Social & Behavioural Sciences
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1 Oct, 2018
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Alberto Fernandez

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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1 Sep, 2018
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My research interests are in experimental soft condensed matter. We study a variety of classical many-body systems that have characteristic energy scales accessible at room temperature and that are internally characterized by mesoscopic length scales in between molecular and macroscopic dimensions. As a result, these soft materials are easily deformable by external stresses and fields, or even by thermal fluctuations, and have microscopic dynamics and structural features that can be directly imaged using optical-microscopy techniques and probed using light scattering; this enables addressing many open questions in equilibrium and non-equilibrium many-body physics. Recent research involves partially ordered fluids, or liquid crystals, colloidal crystals and glasses, and active matter. A recurring theme is the presence of defects in the order and how they sense and respond to the local geometry, the local environment and the system’s inherent activity. We are also interested in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamic instabilities, which we are studying using toroidal droplets.

Mark Gieles

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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1 Oct, 2018
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Mark Gieles is interested in the formation and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy, and in particular its dark components, such as the black hole population and the dark matter. In particular, he studies the dynamics of dense stellar systems, using numerical and theoretical approaches, as well as state-of-the-art astronomical observations from space and ground based observatories. The goal of this research is to probe where the black holes and dark matter are in the Milky Way Galaxy in the present and past, providing input for our understanding of gravitational wave observations and the nature of dark matter.

Manuel Irimia

Life & Medical Sciences
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1 Dec, 2018
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David Irving

Humanities
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1 Mar, 2019
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David is a musicologist, cultural historian, and baroque violinist who specialises in music from the late sixteenth to late eighteenth centuries. His research explores the role of early modern music and musicians as intercultural mediators in worldwide interactions and exchanges. He studies how colonialism, long-distance trade, ethnographic research, and religious conversion shaped and connected the musical lives of mutually distant communities on a worldwide scale. His current projects take a global history approach to study the reverse impact of colonialism and intercultural exchange on European music, and to critique and deconstruct emergent discourses of modernity and Eurocentrism in early modern music historiography. He is active as a performer of early modern music, and has strong interests in Historical Performance Practice.

Ai Koyanagi

Life & Medical Sciences
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5 Mar, 2019
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Ai is a medical doctor and an epidemiologist. Her main research interest concerns health determinants and how they vary by geography or country income level. In particular, mental disorders and their comorbidity with physical disorders are her primary interest. She conducts multi-country epidemiological studies examining the modifiable risk factors for a wide range of mental and physical disorders with high burden at the population level. The goal of her research is to understand why health gaps exist and to provide vital information for the establishment of effective interventions for people to live a long life in full health, and also on how health systems can be improved and disparities be eliminated. 

Iñaki Martín-Subero

Life & Medical Sciences
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1 Nov, 2018
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Iñaki's research is focused on deciphering the dynamic epigenomic architecture of normal cell differentiation and neoplastic transformation, with particular emphasis on the study of B cells. Using both wet-lab and computational approaches, he aims at understanding the molecular basis of gene deregulation in cancer through the analysis of genetic alterations, DNA methylation, histone modifications, chromatin accessibility and 3D chromatin structure. This integrative approach not only provides new insights into the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying neoplastic transformation but shall also be translated into a benefit for patients in terms of improved diagnosis, estimation of prognosis and treatment.

Núria Montserrat

Life & Medical Sciences
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15 Jan, 2019
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Antonio Penta

Social & Behavioural Sciences
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1 Oct, 2018
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Prof. Penta is an economic theorist with research interests in game theory, mechanism design and bounded rationality.  His current research, for which he obtained a 2017-ERC Starting grant, focuses on behavioral models of individuals' reasoning processes in strategic situations, on problems of model misspecifications in game theory, and on the impact of Digital Marketing Agencies on the auction formats most commoly used to sell online advertisement space.    

Natasa Przulj

Life & Medical Sciences
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1 Jan, 2019
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Natasa is a computer scientist working in the area of computational biology and medicine.  Her main research interests lie in designing algorithms for mining systems-level molecular and clinical data, with the ultimate goal to improve biological understanding and therapeutics.  For these purposes, Natasa designs network science and machine learning algorithms that uncover novel molecular mechanisms from large-scale data and give new insight into disease. 

Fran Supek

Life & Medical Sciences
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1 Nov, 2018
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Fran's research focuses on computational approaches for elucidating mutational processes that generate genetic diversity within populations and across species, with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of genome maintenance. His other interests include developing statistical frameworks for detecting the genomic signatures of negative or positive selection, which are often challenging to distinguish from the background DNA sequence variability that results from accumulated genetic changes. Such methodologies provide new opportunities to gain insight into evolution of genomes, as they are molded by an interplay of mutation and selection.