• IBE
  • IBE
  • IBE

Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE)

IBE

The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) is a joint institute between the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) which was created in 2008 in Barcelona. It is currently growing to become an international reference in the field, with plans to host 40-50 groups doing research in evolution. Researchers at IBE study the processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity, including topics such as genetic and molecular evolution, population biology, complex systems biology and the recovery of ancient DNA.

Excellence and recognition awards

IBE has a successful external funding record:

  • 4 European Research Council (ERC) grants
  • 8 Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) awardees
Ranking positioning
  • 2014 – 2nd worldwide position in the evolutionary biology sector, in terms of excellence and the Q1 – ratio of publications indicators in the 2014 Scimago Institutions Ranking report. At the global, international and size-independent ranking, IBE is situated in the position number 282.
Director of the center
Xavier Bellés

Xavier Bellés

Xavier Bellés stablished his laboratory late in the decade of 1970 and started working on the inhibitory action of juvenile hormone and juvenile hormone analogues on insect metamorphosis. He carried out his research in the Institute of BioOrganic Chemistry (CSIC) in Barcelona (Spain). In 2008, as one of the founders of the new IBE (UPF-CSIC), he decided to move his lab to the institute. He has been the director of the institute since then and he is also member of several local and international committees, such Institute for Catalan Studies and the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, as well as member of the editorial board of 24 scientific journals. For 10 years he was the Natural Resources Area coordinator of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has participated in and/or directed several projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the Ministry of Education, Science and Environment of Spain, and several regional governments and companies.

Renowned researcher
Iñaki Ruiz

Iñaki Ruiz

Iñaki Ruiz is Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and works at the IBE (CSIC-UPF) in Barcelona (Spain). His educational background includes a Bachelor in Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB) and a PhD in Biology from the same university. He completed a post-doctoral stage at the Dalhousie University (Canada). His current research interests include the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in the origin of multicellular animals, the analysis of genomes of different protists, the study of higher phylogenetic relationships of eukaryotes, and the understanding of the genetic repertoire of the last eukaryotic common ancestor. He is a recipient of the prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

The project

Do you dare to discover new species and get to know the required steps to characterize it? Learn how to culture, describe and analyze in an evolutionary context a new lineage using cutting edge techniques. If you are eager to uncover a new organism that no one has seen before, this is your project.