CRG Director. ICREA Professor. EMBO member
He did his PhD at the CBM (Madrid, Spain) on Cell Biology. Then he spent 4 years in the laboratory of Prof. A.R. Fehrs (MRC, UK) working in protein folding. In 1993, he became Group Leader at the EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) working in Protein Folding and design. Ten years later, he was appointed head of the Structural & Computational Biology programme at the EMBL and he started to work on Systems Biology. By the end of 2006 he moved back to Spain to lead a programme working on Systems Biology, where he was appointed vice-director before finally becoming the CRG director on July 2011. His group is currently focused on Synthetic Biology, engineering and designing of biological systems. Since 2006 he has been an ICREA Research Professor. He is a member of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM), member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences (Spain). In 2003 he received the Marie Curie Excellence Award, for his work «Design of Biological Systems to improve quality of life», and in 2009 he was awarded the City of Barcelona prize (science category), an annual award organized by Barcelona City Council. In recent years he has won three prestigious grants from the European Research Council, two ERC Advanced Grants and an ERC Proof of Concept grant. Throughout his professional career he has organized and participated in numerous international conferences, has supervised a total of 18 doctoral theses, and has published more than 350 articles in international journals (Nature, Science, The Journal of Molecular Biology, etc.), as well as having registered 20 patents. He has always been very mindful about the importance of the successful transfer of scientific discoveries to the society. He was involved in the creation of one of the first Spanish Biotech. Companies (Diverdrugs) in 1999. He is also co-founder of Cellzome, EnVivo and TRISKEL. Some of his work has been commented in Spanish newspapers (El Pais, LaVanguardia, El Mundo…), in the radio and other journals like Newsweek. He has been Director and Founder and the association of European Institutes of Excellence EU-LIFE.