Ramon Margalef Prize for former IBEC PhD student

xeviXavier Serra Picamal, formerly a PhD student in IBEC’s Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics group, was awarded a prestigious Ramon Margalef Prize for the best paper derived from a doctoral thesis at a ceremony at the UB last night.

Xavier received the prize for a 2012 Nature Physics paper, “Mechanical Waves during tissue expansion”, which describes a new type of mechanical waves in living matter.

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There were 82 candidates for the prize, now in its 10th edition, which is conferred by the UB’s Board of Trustees and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation and which is named after of Spain’s first professor of ecology.

Since completing his PhD at IBEC in 2013, Xavier has moved away from the bench, and is currently involved in the scientific evaluation of the research projects of La Marato de TV3, the telethon that raises money every year for research into different diseases.