I am a SIMONS-FAPESP Research Assistant Professor in Biological Physics at ICTP-SAIFR (São Paulo, Brazil), where we study the emergence of spatiotemporal patterns across different complex biological systems and scales, from microbes to entire landscapes. To this end, we focus on quantifying the interactions that occur in those systems; how they are shaped by the effect of the environment and how they impact community and ecosystem-level processes and patterns. Using a combination of mathematical and computational tools, we develop simple, yet biologically-grounded models that are then compared to empirical data. Therefore, we very often collaborate with experimental groups all over the world.
After completing my degree in Physics in the University of La Laguna (Spain), I moved to the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) where I completed a Master Degree in Physics, with a Master Thesis studying the effect of temporal disorder on models of interacting particles. Then, I got my PhD at Institute for Cross Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC). My thesis covered a series of ecological problems from the point of view of nonequilibrium statistical physics: vegetation pattern formation, animal mobility and temporal fluctuations.
Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow astarted a postdoc in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, in which I investigated the interplay between the ecology, evolution and self-organized multicellularity of microbial communities. This work was conducted in close collaboration with xperimental groups, using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum and the biofilm-forming bacterium Vibirio cholerae as model organisms, and supported by a Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Currently, I am a SIMONS-FAPESP Research Assistant Professor in Biological Physics at ICTP-SAIFR (São Paulo, Brazil).
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