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Boards & Committees

IRB Barcelona has put in place structures to ensure that the Institute delivers on the full promise of its potential.

Board of Trustees

The IRB Barcelona Board of Trustees, or Patronat, is the governing body of the Institute and is responsible for overseeing research activities, approving the operating funds and ensuring that the annual goals are met. The Board is composed of nine members and is chaired by the Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

Manel Balcells

Dr. Manel Balcells

Minister of Health - Government of Catalonia
Joaquim Nadal
First Vicepresident

Dr. Joaquim Nadal

Minister of Research and Universities
Joan Guardia
Second vicepresident

Dr. Joan Guàrdia

Rector - University of Barcelona
Joan Gomez Pallares
Chair of the governing body

Dr. Joan Gómez Pallarès

Director General of Research - Government of Catalonia
Andrés Aguilera

Dr. Andrés Aguilera

University of Seville, CABIMER
Jordi Garcia

Dr. Jordi Garcia Fernández

Vicerector of Research - University of Barcelona
José López Barneo

Dr. José López Barneo

University of Seville
Jose Navarro

Dr. José Navarro Cid

Delegate for the promotion of research - University of Barcelona

Dr. Rafael Pardo

Director of Fundación BBVA

External Advisory Board

The scientific work of IRB Barcelona is regularly assessed by an External Advisory Board which comprises 14 leading international researchers in biomedicine. Its main task is to provide guidance in shaping our research and related activities.

Joan Massague

Dr. Joan Massagué, chair

Sloan Kettering Institute (New York - USA)

Dr. Ewan Birney

EMBL-EBI Cambridge (Cambridgeshire - UK)
michael czech

Dr. Michael Czech

University of Massachusetts (Worcester, MA - USA)
John Dick

Dr. John Dick

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto (Toronto - Canada)
Anne Ephrussi

Dr. Anne Ephrussi

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) (Heidelberg - Germany)

Dr. Michael S. Glickman

Sloan-Kettering Institute (New York – USA)
Jesús Jimenez

Dr. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero

CICbioGUNE (Derio - Spain)
 Johanna Joyce

Dr. Johanna Joyce

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research & University of Lausanne (Lausanne - Switzerland)

Dr. Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (Basel – Switzerland)
Thomas Muir

Dr. Thomas Muir

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ - USA)
Angela Nieto

Dr. Angela Nieto

Institute of Neurosciences of Alicante, Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Alicante - Spain)

Dr. Alejandro Sánchez-Alvarado

Stowers Institute for Medical Research (Kansas City - USA)
derek Tan

Dr. Derek Tan

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York - USA)
Alfonso Valencia

Dr. Alfonso Valencia

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) (Barcelona - Spain)

Business Advisory Board

It aims to advise IRB Barcelona on innovation and technology transfer. It is made up of representatives from pharaceutical companies, venture capital firms, and agents specialising in promoting business collaboration agreements.


Maria C. Freire

Former President and Executive Director of FNIH
Begoña Carreño

Begoña Carreño

Chief Business Development and Licensing Officer Vectura Fertin Pharma
Remi Droller

Remi Droller

Managing Partner KLS Partners
Javier García

Javier Garcia

General Partner Columbus Venture Partners
Joel Mairet

Joël Jean-Mairet

Managing Partner and co-Founder Ysios Capital
Eva Mendez

Eva Méndez

VP Operations, Theriva Biologics
Carlos Plata

Carlos Plata

Research and Development Advisor

PhD Advisory Committee

The PhD Advisory Committee is the body responsible for shaping PhD training and mentoring activities and identifying and implementing future goals. The committee is comprised of Group Leaders from the different Research Programmes, the Chair of Graduate Training, the Head of  Human Resources and Academic Affairs and the Academic Office coordinator. Two students from the Student Council also participate in the PhD Advisory Committee meetings.


Committee for Research Integrity

The aim of the Committee for Research Integrity (CRI) is to actively share learning and good practice in scientific integrity among the IRB Barcelona scientific community, to catalyse the development of educational initiatives and to act as an independent support and resource in cases of scientific misconduct. The CRI is formed by the Director, the Managing Director, the Head of an Administration Department, the Head of Legal Services, four representatives from the Group Leaders and Facility Managers, one representative of the Postdoctoral researchers and one representative of the PhD students.

2023 IRB Research Integrity Initiative Award

Secretary: Eva Poca

To contact the CRI, please email

Equality and Diversity Committee

IRB Barcelona understands the importance of creating an environment in which diversity, equality and inclusion are valued and promoted. The achievement of an equality and diversity balance among IRB Barcelona personnel would contribute to excellence in research and also to the welfare of all those involved.

The IRB Barcelona Gender Equality plan serves as an instrument in achieving real equality, by incorporating equal opportunities in all the scopes of the Institute. The following GEP was signed in September 2021 and will be valid until December 2024.

 The plan is structured in 8 fundamental topics to achieve strategic involvement, these topics are the following:

  • Human Resources
  • Institutional Communication
  • Institutional Governance
  • Intersectionality
  • Research
  • Sexual and Gender Harassment
  • Transfer to Market
  • Young Scientist

The plan has been designed following the guidelines of EU-CALIPER PROJECT, which intends to support the transformation of research and academic institutions to more gender-equal entities, by increasing the number of women researchers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), thereby enhancing their career perspectives and adding a gender dimension to research. CALIPER aims to design a universal methodology that supports gender equality on a permanent base and prevents gender discrimination in scientific institutions.

To download the current GEP please click here.

For more information regards the CALIPER project visit:

Any other information please contact

The EDC’s main mission is to develop a strategy through which promote and monitor equality and diversity issues and to provide support and guidance in the implementation of policies and action plans related to the same. In compliance with IRB Barcelona’s Equality and Diversity Plan 2021-2024, the EDC is committed to promoting these values at IRB Barcelona. The committee is formed by members representing IRB Barcelona’s scientific community and Administration Department.