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What do we do?...

Our work focuses on computational, theoretical, and experimental approaches for understanding biological systems. Some people would call our research systems biology or biophysics or computational biology...The nickname of the group: The.Si.M.Bio.Sys. (Theoretical and In Silico Modeling of Biological Systems) does not reflect all our research since years ago I also started a experimental line. Our topics of interest cover quite different scales in time and space:


‣Cell Size Regulation in Rod-Shape Bacteria

‣Developmental Processes

‣Gene Regulatory Networks

‣Pattern formation

‣Disease Spreading


Who are we?...

‣Javier Buceta (P.I.)

‣Andres Bravo (M.Sc.)

‣Lidia Contreras (Postdoc)

‣Lena Guitou (Ph.D.)

‣Marta Nadal (Ph.D.)

‣Arantxa Urchueguia (Postdoc)


Alumni (graduate students)...

‣Oriol Canela (Ph.D. Advisee): currently Junior PI @ Edinburgh U.

‣Marc Weber (Ph.D. Advisee): currently Postdoc @ CRG (L. Serrano Lab, Barcelona, Spain)

‣Samira Anbari (Ph.D. Advisee): currently Postdoc @ Johns Hopkins U. (Popel Lab)

‣Yanyan Chen (Ph.D. Advisee): currently Postdoc @ Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Xavier Lab)

‣Marta Dies (Postdoc. Advisee): currently Data Scientist @ AIA (Barcelona, Spain)

‣Graziano Fiorillo (Postdoc. Advisee): currently Assistant Professor @ Manitoba U. (Winnipeg, Canada)

‣Rosa Baños (Postdoc. Advisee): currently Biomed Lab Lecturer @ DOLMEN (Barcelona, Spain)

‣Alex Gómez-Marín (M.Sc. Advisee): currently PI @ Neuroscience Inst. (Alicante, Spain)

‣Ronald Galgoczy (M.Sc. Advisee): currently Consultant @ Prescient Healthcare Group (London, UK)

‣Iago Doel Pérez (M.Sc. Advisee): currently Analyst @ Agency for Health and Nutritional Safety (Vienna, Austria)

‣Maria Martí Prieto (M.Sc. Advisee): currently Project Manager @ Institute for Photonic Sciences (Barcelona, Spain)

‣Bixi Kang (M.Sc. Advisee): currently...I have no clue! Bixi, where are you kiddo? if you are reading this please let me know ;)

Abridged Bio (Javier Buceta)


I graduated in Physics (M.Sc. Fundamental Physics) in Madrid. In addition, I got a M.Sc. degree as Computer Analyst. During my Ph.D. thesis (Physics, Madrid), I researched on pattern formation, molecular motors, interfacial dynamics, and phase transitions.


Afterwards, I moved to the University of California San Diego (Dept. of Chem. and Biochem. and the Institute for Nonlinear Science) as a postdoc (Prof. Lindenberg’s group) and worked on different topics (pattern formation, disease spreading, tumor growth...). Later, I was awarded by La Jolla Interfaces in Science/Centre for Theoretical Biological Physics programme to conduct research on ‘Left-Right Symmetry Breaking in Embryo Development’ at Salk Institute for Biological Studies/UCSD (J.C. Izpisua-Belmonte/K. Lindenberg).


In November 2004 I moved to the Barcelona Science Park as a P.I. (“Ramón y Cajal” fellow). I got tenured but later, in 2014, I accepted a position as Associate Professor at Lehigh University (PA, USA, Bioengineering Dpt. and Dpt. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) where I was the founding D.T. & W.E. Schiesser Faculty Fellow. In 2020 I moved to the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio) at Valencia/Spain as a tenured scientist/P.I.


The lab is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (and indirectly by NSF, it's a long story...).

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Buceta’s Lab