Born in 1947, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.
Graduate in Chemistry and in Pharmacy (1969) from the University of Barcelona. Doctorate in Biochemistry (1973) from the same university. Specialist (Board certified) in Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Analysis. Post-doctoral stage in the Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Virginia (1974-75).
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona (1975-1983) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona (1983-1985). Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) (1986-1990). Associate Dean Faculty, Veterinary Medicine, UAB (1984-1987). Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona (1990-2017). Visiting Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California San Francisco-UCSF (1992-93). Head of Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona (1995-2001). Director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) (2005-present). Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona (2017-present).
Coordinator of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the National Agency of Evaluation and Prospective Studies (ANEP) (1988-1991). Member of the study sections of the DGICYT (1988-1991), FIS (1988-1997) and CICYT (National Health Programme)(1997). Member of the Commission on Basic Sciences and Clinical Laboratories of the CCECS, Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia)(1993-2003). Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the Generalitat de Catalunya (1999-2003). Member of the Advisory Council on Science and Technology, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (2006-2008). Member of the Advisory Council on Science and Technology, Spanish Ministry of Research and Innovation (2008-2011).
Services to societies
President of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) (1996-2000). FEBS Meetings Counsellor and Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) (1997-2005). Member of the Nomination Committee (2000-2003), the Education Committee (2000-2005) and the Symposia and Interest Groups Committee (2005-present) of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). President of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE) (2004-2011). Member, FEBS “Science and Society” Committee (2009-2012). Treasurer, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) (2009-2012). President, International Union of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (IUBMB) (2015-2018).
Editorial Adviser, Biochem. J. (London) (1992-1998). Chief Editor of SEBBM magazine (1997-2012). Editor IUBMB Life (2006-present). Ad Hoc reviewer for Arch. Biochem Biophys., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Cell Metabolism, Cell Reports, Eur. J. Biochem. (FEBS J), FEBS Letters, Diabetes, Diabetologia, and others.
Focuses on glycogen metabolism, with special attention to the study of the alternations in carbohydrate metabolism in diabetes and Lafora disease. Has directed 34 doctoral theses and published over 170 articles on the subject.
"Leandre Cervera" (1979 and 1985) and "August Pi i Sunyer" (1983) from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Catalan Academy of Arts and Sciences). "Novo-Nordisk" in Basic Diabetological Research from the Spanish Society of Diabetes (1996). Medal “Narcís Monturiol” from the Generalitat de Catalunya for scientific and technological merit (1999). Honorary Member of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2005). Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2006). Full Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Pharmacy (2006). FEBS Diplôme d’honneur (2007). “Prat de la Riba” Award, Institut d’Estudis Catalans (2009), Member of the Catalan Academy of Arts and Sciences (Institut d’Estudis Catalans) (2010), Member of the “Academia Europaea” (2011), St. George’s Cross (Creu de Sant Jordi). Government of Catalonia (2014), Doctorate “Honoris causa” Andrés Bello University, Chile (2016).