Professor of Research and Director. Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CSIC-IRTA-UAB), Barcelona. Spain.
Degree in Physics. University of Barcelona. Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Montpellier, France and in Biology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Past positions at CNRS, Montpellier, France. Biophysics Unit. Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK. Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik, Berlin and Associate Professor at Biochemistry Department, Univ. Autónoma de Barcelona
Member of Academia Europaea, EMBO, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Reial Acadèmica de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona and Académie d’Agriculture de France.
Member of the European Group on Ethics of Sciences and New Technologies of the European Commission, 2001-2009. Chairman of the Bioethics Committee, CSIC. 2006
Member of the Spanish Committees on Biosafety and Biovigilance.
His main research activity is on the field of Plant Molecular Biology were he carries research on molecular mechanisms involved in plant development and on plant genomics. He has published more that 180 articles in refereed journals and 250 articles on science vulgarisation in newspapers and magazines. He has participated in research projects funded by public Spanish (since 1981) and European (since 1986) funds including INCO projects.
Round Table on Water and Food Research: Europe and beyond - science, policy and strategy