Listening to the language of neurones

Coming from the Rockefeller University in NY, Matthieu Louis leads the Sensory Systems and Behaviour group at the CRG, the only lab in Barcelona, and one of the few in Spain, investigating Drosophila neuroscience. His team comprises eight people with backgrounds in molecular biology, engineering and physics. Their aim is to correlate neural circuit function with behaviour using fruit fly larvae. “The Drosophila larva has a repertoire of complex behaviours and key cognitive functions. Yet its nervous system has 10 million neurones fewer than humans”, explains the physicist. The group tries to understand how odours are encoded by the olfactory … Continue reading Listening to the language of neurones

Studying how evolution has shaped our genome- Arcadi Navarro (UPF) explains

In this video you can hear Arcadi Navarro, from the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE), a mixed centre from the CSIC and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). His group studies how evolution has shaped our genomes and those from other … Continue reading Studying how evolution has shaped our genome- Arcadi Navarro (UPF) explains

“The better the people around you are, the better you are yourself”

An interview recently published in Ellipse, the monthly magazine of the PRBB. Born in Argentina 59 years ago to a Galician father and a mother from Madrid, Fernando Giráldez grew up between Buenos Aires, Santander, Madrid and Valladolid, where he studied medicine. Ten years ago he joined the CEXS-UPF, where he became director from 2003 until 2006. His hobbies are cooking, history and marathon-running. Did you always want to be a scientist?  I chose medicine because it straddles the sciences and humanities. In the seventies, research was still a dream, only done by a few professors in universities. One of them, … Continue reading “The better the people around you are, the better you are yourself”