IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards


The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Awards recognize outstanding contributions to science and the scientific community made by young researchers who have completed a significant part of their training and careers at IRB Barcelona. The award is intended to recognize the excellence of researchers since their departure from IRB Barcelona.

In this edition of the award, researchers who left IRB Barcelona between 2010 and 2015 can apply spontaneously or be nominated by IRB Barcelona scientists or alumni. Nominees will be contacted by the IRB Barcelona Alumni Network Office and be requested to complete the application process. The winner will be selected by a jury composed of IRB Barcelona senior scientists.

The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Award is given with the support of Eppendorf. logo eppendorf



Nominations for the award are welcome until Friday, 24 November 2017, and registrations of the nominated candidates are open until Friday 22 December 2017.

Read more about the award here, including its terms and conditions.

For any questions or enquiries, please contact Sara Martorell.


Marc Liesa (2017)


PhD researcher in IRB Barcelona’s Complex Metabolic Diseases and Mitochondria Lab (2003-2009), Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center (Boston, USA), since 2015, and since 2015 Assistant Professor in-Residence, step II, at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Los Angeles, USA).

Marc is recognized "for his important contributions to mitochondrial biology, in particular the study of the functional relationships between organelle morphology and cellular energetics, and the identification of ABCB10 as the first mitochondrial ATP transporter essential in oxidative stress protection”.

The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Award ceremony was held on 5 May 2017.



Past winners

David Vilchez (2016)


PhD and postdoctoral research in IRB Barcelona's Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy Lab (2003-2008).
Group Leader since 2013 at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne, Germany, where he received an ERC Starting Grant.

David is recognized for his “insight, originality and courage to start interdisciplinary and innovative scientific approaches. He has demonstrated an ability to conduct ground-breaking research throughout his career with outstanding scientific achievements on subjects as diverse as neurodegeneration, proteostasis, aging and stem cell biology.”

The IRB Barcelona Alumni of Excellence Award ceremony took place on 16 September 2016.