Doblare, Manuel


Manuel Doblare

He was born in Córdoba in 1956, he is industrial engineer from the University of Sevilla (1978) and PhD from the Polytechnique University Madrid (1981). After a Fulbright granted postdoc stay at Courant Institute of the New York University, he got the associate professorship at UPM (1982) and the full professorship of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University of Zaragoza (1984). At the end of 2011, he accepted the scientific direction of Abengoa Research, the corporate research center of the multinational Abengoa, where he remained until June 2016 when he moved back to his academic position in Zaragoza.

The most important contribution in research of Professor Doblaré has been, no doubt, building an internationally recognized group in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology, with relevant results in bone-implant interaction, bone remodeling, healing and osteointegration, soft tissue and joints modeling and, finally, tissue engineering and tumor “in vitro” models. It is also remarkable his work in multiphysic and multiscale modeling of complex systems. Today, Prof. Doblaré is one of the most cited Spanish researchers in these fields, having supervised 37 PhD Theses, published more than 200 papers in JCR journals and 500 presentations in congresses, raised more than 30M€ in projects, private contracts and infrastructure, and promoted the creation of the spin-off companies Ebers Medical Technology and BeonChip that design, fabricate and commercialize bioreactors and microfluidic design respectively and have been awarded with prestigious national and international prizes to innovation.

Fruit of this activity, Prof. Doblaré has been invited to give lectures and courses in prestigious international congresses and universities, and has served as evaluator of PhD Theses and research programs in different countries. Prof. Doblaré also occupied important positions in institutions. He was elected Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (87-89), dean of the faculty of engineering (93-96) and director of the Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A) (02-07) all at the University of Zaragoza. He was also member of the Advisory Research Council of the Regional Government of Aragón (88-93;02-09), coordinator of the area of Mechanical Engineering of the Spanish Research Evaluation Agency (01-04); member (02-03 and 07-08) and President (08-09) of the engineering committees of the Spanish Commission for Evaluation of Individual Research and member (07-09) of the Spanish Accreditation Commission for Engineering and Architecture. Especially remarkable was his proposal of the Centro Nacional de Investigación Biomédica en Red en Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina of whom he was appointed founder scientific director (07-11).

As main recognition, he has been member of the editorial board of some of the most prestigious journals in Bioengineering, selected member of the International Advisory Board in Bioengineering of the Italian Interpolytechic Doctorate School (07-12) and elected member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Zaragoza (2005). Finally, and especially important distinctions are the Honoris Causa Doctorate of the Cluj-Napoca University (Romania), his election in 2009 as permanent member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, the Individual Aragón Prize to Excellence in Research 2009 and the election as member of the World Council Biomechanics (08-20).