The ICREAs

ICREA research professors form a vibrant community of scientists and researchers in all areas of knowledge that contribute to the advancement of humankind by exploring, interpreting and questioning. Have a look and learn about their amazing discoveries and findings here:

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  • Alexandrov, Vassil

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)

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    Alexandrov, Vassil

    Research Professor at
    Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    My expertise and research interests are in the area of Computational Science and High Performance Computing focusing on Data and Compute Intensive problems and encompassing stochastic modelling, Monte Carlo methods and algorithms, parallel algorithms, Parallel Computing, Scalable Algorithms for Large Scale Systems and Applications. In particular, the emphasis is on novel scalable stochastic and hybrid mathematical methods and algorithms such as scalable hybrid Monte Carlo algorithms for variety of supercomputing architectures for Linear Algebra, Optimization, Computational Finance, Environmental Models, Computational Biology, etc. In addition the research focuses on scalable, fault-tolerant and resilient algorithms for petascale and exascale computing paradigms. These are applied through various collaborations to applications in diverse areas.

    Key words

    Computational Science, scalable algorithms, parallel Monte Carlo methods, mathematical modelling, exascale computing
  • Aliaga Alcalde, Núria

    Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC - ICMAB)

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    Aliaga Alcalde, Núria

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC - ICMAB)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    My work focuses on the relevance and necessity of molecular design in Nanoscience, where functional molecules play a key role since they provide homogeneous tunable nanometer-size units and properties ready to be exploited (as reliable sensors, switches, quantum computing materials or molecular electronics). Our key factors are the design of specific molecules and their control and organization on surfaces/nanodevices where their properties can be tuned. In my group, we synthesize different molecular systems (of porphyrinic, curcuminoid or polymeric natures with or without coordination to metal ions), characterize and study them on surfaces (eg.: graphene, gold, SWCNTs) and together with collaborators on nanodevices (transistors) we analyze their electronic behavior. So far, our work in progress has shown the advantages of our systems as (i) biomarkers (luminescent properties), (ii) transistors (gateable molecular junctions) and (iii) as Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs).

    Key words

    coordinaton chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, nanochemistry, molecular magnetism, molecular electronics, multifunctional materials, nano-structuration, luminescence, microfluidics

    ORCID

    : http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1080-3862

    RESEARCHER ID

    : H-5886-2011

  • Aloy Calaf, Patrick

    Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB Barcelona)

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    Aloy Calaf, Patrick

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB Barcelona)
    Life & Medical Sciences
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    Research interests

    The main goal of my laboratory is to combine computational and structural biology with interaction discovery experiments to unveil the basic wiring architecture of physio-pathological pathways. It is our believe that a deeper knowledge of the global topology of interactome networks related to human disease will have important bearings in the discovery of new drug targets and biomarkers, optimisation of preclinical models and understanding how biological networks change from the healthy state to disease.

    Key words

    Structural bioinformatics, network biology, network medicine, protein interaction networks, peptide-mediated interactions, 3D interactomes
  • Altankov, George P.

    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)

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    Altankov, George P.

    Research Professor at
    Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    I am working in the field of cell-biomaterials interaction and tissue engineering. On that topic I have published more than 90 original papers and filed 5 patents. As ICREA Research Professor at Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) I have created a new research group Molecular dynamics at cell-biomaterials interface, where we seek to understand the cellular mechanisms that determine biocompatibility of materials. My research interests might be summarized as follows: -Cell-biomaterials interaction -Development of provisional extracellular matrix at biomaterials interface -Nanofibers design and production via electrospinning -Tissue engineering -Controlled differentiation of mesenchimal stem cells -In situ endothelization and neovascularization of implants.

    Key words

    cell-biomaterials interaction, tissue engineering, development of provisional extracellular matrix, biomaterials interface, integrin dynamics, cell adhesion, synthesis of nanofibres
  • Álvarez Puebla, Ramón

    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

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    Álvarez Puebla, Ramón

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
    Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
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    Research interests

    Dr. Álvarez-Puebla is an expert in surface science and spectroscopy with emphasis on the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic particles and their integration into advanced "all optical" sensing devices for biomedicine, chemical biology and environmental monitoring. Currently he is interested in: - Design and development of plasmonic functional materials and their integration into real live "all optical" sensors. - Development of new technologies for pathogen/disease marker detection by using localized surface plasmon resonances, Raman and SERS. - In vivo intracellular monitoring and imaging of relevant cytoplasm metabolites under different conditions (health/disease). - Optical technologies for the ultrafast and ultrasensitive recognition of active compounds in combinatorial libraries.

    Key words

    Spectroscopy, nanotechnology, optical sensors, medical applications

    ORCID

    : orcid.org/0000-0003-4770-5756

    RESEARCHER ID

    : F-5053-2014

  • Anguelovski, Isabelle

    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

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    Anguelovski, Isabelle

    Research Professor at
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Social & Behavioural Sciences
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    Research interests

    I am a social scientist trained in urban and environmental planning (PhD, MIT, 2011), nonprofit management (Harvard University, 2004), international development (University de Paris-1 Sorbonne, 2001), and political studies (Science Po, 2000). Before starting my PhD in 2006, I held several positions in international development NGOs in France and the US. As part of collaborative EU and international research projects, I study 1) the extent to which environmental gentrification processes lead to new forms of green locally unwanted land uses (GREENLULUs) in historically marginalized neighborhoods, 2) how municipalities protect vulnerable communities from climate risks and inequality, 3) what opportunities and constraints exist to transitioning towards a low-carbon economy within European urban regions, 4) how the governance of urban nature-based solutions planning in Europe addresses (or exacerbates) environmental injustices. 

    Key words

    Urban studies and planning; Environmental justice; Urban development and sustainability planning; Displacement, gentrification, and exclusion; Urban climate adaptation planning; Food justice; Healthy cities; Urban social movements

    ORCID

    : 0000-0002-6409-5155

    RESEARCHER ID

    : https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=VqOEGeQAAAAJ&hl=es&oi=ao