Xavier Trepat

Xavier Trepat

Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

Engineering Sciences

Xavier Trepat received a BSc in Physics in 2000 and a BSc in Engineering in 2001. In 2004 he obtained his PhD from the Medical School at the University of Barcelona. He then joined the Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences at Harvard University as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2008 he became a "Ramón y Cajal" researcher at the University of Barcelona and in January 2011 an ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). He is Group Leader of the Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics research line at IBEC. In 2015 he won the Banc de Sabadell Award for Biomedical Research. In 2018 he was elected EMBO Member.

Research interests

We aim at understanding how physical forces and molecular control modules cooperate to drive biological function. We develop new technologies to map and perturb the main physical properties that determine how cells and tissues grow, move, invade and remodel. By combining this physical information with systematic molecular perturbations and computational models we explore the principles that govern the interplay between chemical and physical cues in living tissues. We study how these principles are regulated in physiology and development, and how they are derailed in cancer.

Selected publications

- Gomez-Gonzalez M, Latorre E, Arroyo M & Trepat  X 2020, 'Measuring mechanical stress in living tissues', Nature Reviews Physics, vol 2,  pp 1-18.

- Hino N, Rossetti L, Marin-Llaurado A, Aoki K, Trepat X, Matsuda M & Hirashima T 2020, 'ERK-Mediated Mechanochemical Waves Direct Collective Cell Polarization', Developmental Cell, vol. 53, no. 6, pp 646 -660.

- Matejcic M & Trepat X 2020, 'Buckling Up from the Bottom', Developmental Cell, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 569 - 571.

- Barber DL & Trepat X 2020, 'Editorial overview: Cell dynamics: Integrating cell dynamics across scales', Current Opinion In Cell Biology, vol. 66, pp 130 - 132.

- Conti S, Kato T, Park D, Sahai E, Trepat X & Labernadie A 2020, 'CAFs and Cancer Cells Co-Migration in 3D Spheroid Invasion Assay', Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 2179    

- Park D, Wershof E, Boeing S, Labernadie A, Jenkins RP, George S, Trepat X, Bates P & Sahai E. 2019, 'Extracellular matrix anisotropy is determined by TFAP2C-dependent regulation of cell collisions', Nature Materials, vol. 9, no. 2,  pp 227-238.

- Trepat X 2020, 'When cellular forces became visible', Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, vol. 21, no. 5, pp 253-253.

- Sunyer R & Trepat X 2020, 'Durotaxis', Current Biology, 30, 9, R383 - R387.

Selected research activities

Awarded an ERC Advanced Grant