Tomás Alarcón

Tomás Alarcón

Centre de Recerca Matemàtica

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I obtained my PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Barcelona in 2000. After that I spent many wonderful years working as a postdoc at the University of Oxford, UK (2001-2003), University College London, UK (2003-2006), and Imperial College London, UK (2006-2009). I briefly held a senior researcher and group leader position at BCAM, Bilbao, Spain (2009-2010), after which I moved the Centre Recerca Matematica where I lead the Cancer Modelling Group. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, IIMAS (UNAM, Mexico DF), OCCAM (University of Oxford, UK), the Mathematical Institute (University of Oxford, UK), and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (Columbus, Ohio, USA). In October 2015, I was appointed to an ICREA Research Professorship at the Centre de Recerca Matematica. 

Research interests

My research focuses on Mathematical Biology, particularly in multi-scale and stochastic modelling of tumour growth and tumour-induced angiogenesis. The main aim of my research is to understand the mechanisms involved in drug resistance and formulate therapeutic strategies which are robust to such mechanisms. Although tumour growth is my main field of specialisation, I am interested in other areas of Mathematical Biology, particularly regarding cell reprogramming in cancer, senescence and ageing, tumour-induced angiogenesis, and epigenetic regulation.

Selected publications

- Carrasco-Mantis A, Alarcon T & Sanz-Herrera JA 2023, 'An in silico study on the influence of extracellular matrix mechanics on vasculogenesis', Computer Methods And Programs In Biomedicine, 231, 107369.

Selected research activities

Co-organiser (jointly with Guillermo Abramson, Centro Atomico de Bariloche (Argentina), and Sarah AM Loos, University of Cambridge (UK)) of the workshop Modelling non-Markov Movement Processes, November 2023, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK
Co-organiser (jointly with Juan Calvo, David Poyato, y Juan Soler, Universidad de Granada (Spain)) of the MNAT-CRM summer school Biomat 2023: Multiscale Methods at the Frontier Between Data and Mathematical Models, June 2023, Centre de Recerca Matematica, Barcelona