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Ricard Solé

Ricard Solé

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Life & Medical Sciences

I am ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I'm the head of the Complex Systems Lab. I am also External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA) fellow member of the European Center for Living Technology (Venice, IT) and external faculty of the Center for Evolution and Cancer at UCSF. I am also member of the editorial board of several international journals. I obtained my degrees in Physics and Biology at the University of Barcelona and received my PhD in Physics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. I have been awarded with James McDonnell Foundation, Botín Foundation and ERC Advanced Grants.

Research interests

One of my main research interests is understanding the origins of complexity in living and artificial systems, and how major transitions can be explained by means of statistical physics approaches. To this goal, my Lab develops both theoretical and experimental research, including complex networks, evolutionary unstable dynamics (RNA viruses and cancer) an ambitious program on synthetic biology. The later area includes an exploration of synthetic multicellular systems, biocomputation and synthetic swarm intelligence. Additionally, I have also created two research areas of my own, namely Liquid brains (developing a theory of cognitive networks beyond standard solid brains) and the concept of biosphere terraformation (developing synthetic biology motifs to engineer ecosystems facing future tipping points).

Selected publications

– Duran-Nebreda, Salva; Pla, Jordi; Vidiella, Blai; Pinero, Jordi; Conde-Pueyo, Nuria; Sole, Ricard 2021, ‘Synthetic Lateral Inhibition in Periodic Pattern Forming Microbial Colonies’, Acs Synthetic Biology, 10, 2, 277 – 285.

– Berdugo, Miguel; Vidiella, Blai; Sole, Ricard V.; Maestre, Fernando T. 2021, ‘Ecological mechanisms underlying aridity thresholds in global drylands’, Functional Ecology, .

Sole, Ricard; Sardanyes, Josep; Elena, Santiago F. 2021, ‘Phase transitions in virology’, Reports On Progress In Physics, 84, 11, 115901.

Sole, Ricard; Conde-Pueyo, Nuria; Guillamon, Antoni; Maull, Victor; Pla, Jordi; Sardanyes, Josep; Vidiella, Blai 2021, ‘Synthetic criticality in cellular brains’, Journal Of Physics-complexity, 2, 4, 041001.

– Fraser, Patrick; Sole, Ricard; de las Cuevas, Gemma 2021, ‘Why Can the Brain (and Not a Computer) Make Sense of the Liar Paradox?’, Frontiers In Ecology And Evolution, 9, 802300.

ICREA Memoir 2021