Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) 🇪🇸

Established in 1990, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university that, in just twenty-five years, has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe. Awarded with a CEI label (International Excellence Campus) by the Spanish Ministry of Education, UPF also figures in some of the most influential rankings; it ranks in the Times Higher Education ranking 2018 as the 1st Spanish university (position 135 worldwide and 58 in Europe) and 11th highest ranked university (worldwide) among those under 50 years of age. UPF structures its studies on three main fields of knowledge: Social sciences and humanities, Health and life sciences, and Communication and information technologies. It has about 12,000 enrolled students, 592 FTE teaching and research staff, and 678 administrative and service staff. The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) was formally founded in July 2008, as a joint Institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Its general mission is to promote knowledge and research excellence in evolutionary biology. The basis of the IBE, and its main peculiarity, is to address biodiversity studies describing functional and evolutionary genomics at all levels of observation: molecular, biochemical, physiological, and morphological. The IBE is the only research centre in Catalonia and Spain, which completely devotes its research to evolutionary biology, and it is currently a reference in Southern Europe. IBE activity involves more than 130 people and 23 research groups distributed in 5 scientific programs related to Evolutionary Biology research.

Thomas Marques-Bonet 🇪🇸

Tomas Marques-Bonet is an ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and head of the Comparative Genomics group at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC/UPF) in Barcelona (Spain). He received a Biology Degree at the University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) in the specialization of Zoology and Ecology and PhD at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) in 2002, working on the impact of chromosomal rearrangements on the molecular evolution of primates. During his postdoctoral period at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) under the direction of Dr. Evan E. Eichler with a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union, he followed his research on non-human primate genomics and became interested in the evolution of primate genomes, especially centered on segmental duplications. In 2010 he got the ERC Starting Grant 2010 to establish his own group centered on the analysis of genetic diversity in great apes.