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

- Conde-Pueyo, Nuria; Vidiella, Blai; Sardanyes, Josep; Berdugo, Miguel; Maestre, Fernando T; De Lorenzo, Victor; Sole, Ricard 2020, 'Synthetic Biology for Terraformation Lessons from Mars, Earth, and the Microbiome.', Life (basel, Switzerland), 10, 2.

- Seoane, Luis F.; Sole, Ricard 2020, 'Criticality in Pareto Optimal Grammars?', Entropy, 22, 2, 165.

- Sole, Ricard; Valverde, Sergi 2020, 'Evolving complexity: how tinkering shapes cells, software and ecological networks', Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B-biological Sciences, 375, 1796, 20190325.

- Olle-Vila, Aina; Seoane, Luis F.; Sole, Ricard 2020, 'Ageing, computation and the evolution of neural regeneration processes', Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 17, 168, 20200181.

- Vidiella, Blai; Sardanyes, Josep; Sole, Ricard V 2020, 'Synthetic soil crusts against green-desert transitions: a spatial model', Royal Society Open Science, 7, 8, 200161.

- Aguade-Gorgorio, Guim; Sole, Ricard 2020, 'Tumour neoantigen heterogeneity thresholds provide a time window for combination immunotherapy', Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 17, 171, 20200736.

- Sole, Ricard; Aguade-Gorgorio, Guim 2020, 'The ecology of cancer differentiation therapy.', Journal Of Theoretical Biology, , 110552 - 110552.