I am a professor (and a life-long student!) at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona.
My research interests are broad, including topics such as marine chemical ecology, natural products, systematics and biology of marine invertebrates, and biodiversity.
In the past few years, I lead the Ecoquim, Actiquim, and Distantcom projects to study the chemical ecology, bioactivity, trophic ecology and phylogeography of Antarctic benthic invertebrates. I’ve been in nine Antarctic cruises (diving more than 120 times in polar waters!), as well as in Tropical and Mediterranean expeditions.
My objectives also include identifying the natural products regulating the interactions between marine organisms, and evaluating their bioactivity and their potential pharmacological use, in order to develop future medicines, in collaboration with pharmacological companies. My research team has significantly contributed to study the marine benthic biodiversity, and has described new bioactive molecules, thus improving the current knowledge on marine chemical diversity.