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Arcadi Navarro

Arcadi Navarro

Centre de Regulació Genòmica & Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Life & Medical Sciences

Arcadi got a PhD in Biology at the UAB. After quitting academia for some time, he went back to research as a postdoc at the University of Edinburgh. He entered the UPF in 2002 and joined ICREA in 2006. Between 2008-13 he was vice-director of the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE), a joint UPF-CSIC initiative. Since 2010 he is Professor of Genetics at the UPF and leads a group on Evolutionary Genomics within the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences. He directed that Department between 2013 and 2016, a time during which he started a collaboration with the CRG, the EMBL-EBI and the BSC to co-direct the European Genome-Phenome Archive. In 2016 he left academy again to become Secretary for Universities and Research at the Generalitat de Catalunya. He left government in 2018 and, after a short sabbatical, he returned to all his previous appointments in January 2019. Since 2020 he also directs teh Pasqual Maragall Foundation.


Research interests

Life as we see it in our planet today has been shaped by many different biological processes during billions of years. These processes leave complex and fascinating signatures in our genomes in the form of differences between species, or between individuals of the same species. Studying these patterns of genome diversity we can infer what are the forces that affect living organisms, how and when they act and how do they affect such various things as biodiversity, ageing or the differential susceptibility of different people to certain diseases. All this knowledge empowers us to control our future but, above all, it is fun to obtain.

Selected publications

– Farre, Xavier; Molina, Ruben; Barteri, Fabio; Timmers, Paul R. H. J.; Joshi, Peter K.; Oliva, Baldomero; Acosta, Sandra; Esteve-Altava, Borja; Navarro, Arcadi; Muntane, Gerard 2021, ‘Comparative Analysis of Mammal Genomes Unveils Key Genomic Variability for Human Life Span‘, Molecular Biology And Evolution, 38, 11, 4948 – 4961.

– Garcia-Perez, Raquel; Esteller-Cucala, Paula; Mas, Gloria; Lobon, Irene; Di Carlo, Valerio; Riera, Meritxell; Kuhlwilm, Martin; Navarro, Arcadi; Blancher, Antoine; Di Croce, Luciano; Luis Gomez-Skarmeta, Jose; Juan, David; Marques-Bonet, Tomas 2021, ‘Epigenomic profiling of primate lymphoblastoid cell lines reveals the evolutionary patterns of epigenetic activities in gene regulatory architectures‘, Nature Communications, 12, 1, 3116.

– Telford, Marco; Hughes, David A.; Juan, David; Stoneking, Mark; Navarro, Arcadi; Santpere, Gabriel 2021, ‘Expanding the Geographic Characterisation of Epstein-Barr Virus Variation through Gene-Based Approaches (vol 8, 1686, 2020)’, Microorganisms, 9, 11, 2328.

– Rafajlovic, Marina; Rambla, Jordi; Feder, Jeffrey L.; Navarro, Arcadi; Faria, Rui 2021, ‘Inversions and genomic differentiation after secondary contact: When drift contributes to maintenance, not loss, of differentiation‘, Evolution, 75:1288-1303.

– Muntane, Gerard; Farre, Xavier; Bosch, Elena; Martorell, Lourdes; Navarro, Arcadi; Vilella, Elisabet 2021, ‘The shared genetic architecture of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and lifespan‘, Human Genetics, 140: 441-455.

– Thorogood, A., H. L. Rehm, P. Goodhand, A.J.H. Page, Y. Joly, M. Baudis, J. Rambla, A. Navarro, T.H. Nyronen, M. Linden, E. S. Dove, M. Fiume, M. Brudno, M.S. Cline, E. Birney, 2021, ‘International federation of genomic medicine databases using GA4GH standards’Cell Genomics 1(2): 100032.

ICREA Memoir 2021