Atrás Solé Vicente, Ricard


Departamento de Medicina y Ciencias de la Vida
Sistemas Complejos

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Biography note

I am ICREA research professor (the Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies) currently working at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra , where I'm the head of the COMPLEX SYSTEMS LAB located at the PRBB. I teach courses on Biomathematics, principles of biological design and biocomputation. I completed degrees in both Physics and Biology at the University of Barcelona and received my PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. I am also External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA), external faculty of the Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF, member of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society and member of the editorial board of PLoS ONE. I have received a European Research Council Advanced Grant (ERC 2012).

One of my main research interests is understanding the possible presence of universal patterns of organization in complex systems, from prebiotic replicators, cancer, multicellularity, viruses, protocells or language to evolved artificial objects. Key questions are how robust structures develop, how information is incorporated into these structures and how computation emerges. We use both theoretical and experimental approximations based on synthetic biology. I love Barcelona (best city in the world). I have the pleasure of sharing my research with a team of great (and a bit crazy) people.

Research lines

  • Evolution of complex networks
  • Models of large-scale chemical reaction networks
  • Protocell modelling, synthesis and evolution
  • Large-scale regulatory networks
  • Bio-inspired engineering
  • Evolution of morphogenesis in gene network models
  • Instability and heterogeneity in cancer
  • Modelling cancer cells
  • Theoretical models of genomic instability in tumor progression
  • Quasi-neutral of network organization