News from IBE (CSIC-UPF) and CEXS
With an internationally renowned scientific career, Dr. Marquès-Bonet will assume his new role as director with the challenges of consolidating the IBE as a leader in evolutionary biology research in southern Europe. Its more than 120 workers are distributed between two neighbouring buildings: the PRBB and the CMIMA. Tomàs Marquès-Bonet (1975) earned his PhD in Biology at UPF. He is an ICREA research professor, head of the Comparative Genomics group at the IBE and the CNAG-CRG, and UPF adjunct lecturer at UPF. Since last year, Marquès-Bonet had been the deputy director of the IBE.
As he said: "Among my goals as director, I hope to contribute to the scientific excellence and growth of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona. The main challenges will be to maintain a leading level of scientific production at the international level and attract public and private funding, as well as consolidate the success of our project".
For his part, CSIC research professor Xavier Bellés, outgoing director, hopes to be able to focus on the research of the group he directs, the Evolution of Insect Metamorphosis Lab. In his farewell, Bellés said: "I am sure that having fostered and promoted the IBE has been the most important thing I have done in my scientific career, and leading the Institute during its first eight years has been a great honour".