Dr. Jordi Comelles
I’m physicist by training (B.Sc in Physics in 2005 at the University of Barcelona), but early I shifted towards the interphase between physics, biology and engineering (M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 at the University of Barcelona and the Polytechnique University of Catalonia). Afterwards I joined the Nanobioengineering Group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), where I performed my PhD in Bioengineering (2012, University of Barcelona), developing methods to combine topographical cues and surface gradients of proteins on stiff materials to study cell response to drugs and cell differentiation. During this period, I visited the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires in Strasbourg (France) where I applied these methods to study cell migration. Then I joined the Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC) in Strasbourg (France) as a post-doctoral researcher. During four years I was focused on the study of tissue elongation. I combined physics, biology and engineering to understand how tissues elongate and which is the role of external forces in such process. Finally, in march 2016 I joined the Biomimetic Systems for cell Engineering group from IBEC as a senior researcher were we are committed to the development of technologies that bring in vitro cell culture systems closer to the complexity of in vivo models, therefore having a real and meaningful impact in the biotechnological arena.