Professor (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dept. - UB)
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-present). 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). Member of the "External Faculty" of the Institute of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile (1997- present). Director General of the Barcelona Science Park (2001-2002) and Director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) (2001-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 Advisory Committee of the Directorate General on Scientific Policy of the Basque Government (1990-1992, 1994-1997). 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).
President of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM) (1996-2000). President of the Organizing Committee of the European Congress on Biochemistry (FEBS 1996, Barcelona). 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-present). President of the Spanish National Committee of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Adhering Body of IUBMB) (2005- present).
Editorial Adviser, Biochem. J. (London) 1992-1998. Chief Editor of SEBBM magasine (1996-present),Editor IUBMB Life (2006-present). Ad Hoc reviewer for Arch. Biochem Biophys., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 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 28 doctoral theses and published over 120 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 from the "Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire" (1998). Scientific Research Prize "Ciutat de Barcelona"(1998). "PABMB Conference Award", San Francisco, CA (1999). Medal “Narcís Monturiol” from the Generalitat de Catalunya for scientific and technological merit (1999). Argentinean Biochemical Society “Alberto Sols” Conference Award (2000). 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).