Mission & Vision

Dr. David Comas

The Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) was founded by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in 1998, along with the launching of the new degree in Human Biology. The great challenge of the DCEXS has been to successfully develop a project where research and teaching are firmly integrated, and where scientific research is present for the students from undergraduate studies to the different postgraduate degrees and doctorates. Our aim is to be innovative in education and excellent in research.

The goal of the DCEXS is to become a research centre with international presence and recognition in the fields of molecular biology and biomedicine. The research groups are hired after a rigorous process of selection. A good number of young researchers have been recruited through competitive calls like ICREA or Ramón y Cajal programs. The research developed at the DCEXS has been recognized with the Unit of Excellence "Maria de Maeztu" by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The DCEXS has a remarkable presence in different research fields and a growing research output. It is integrated into the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona (PRBB), a fantastic concentration of human and technical resources that is one of the important research nodes of Spain.

The DCEXS has pioneered pedagogical innovation and the commitment with the European education and the spirit of Bologna. There are currently programmed different undergraduate and graduate studies in the fields of biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, health and medical sciences (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences). DCEXS contributes to the PRBB and the R&D system with its great capacity to train future researchers through its postgraduate programs, with an itinerary devoted to basic Biomedical Research and a PhD Programme in Biomedicine, which is performed in English and recognized by independent agencies.

David Comas
Director of DCEXS