Joan Comella

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain


Joan Comella received his M.D. degree at the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1999. He has been a Professor of cell biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain, since 2007. He was appointed as the Director of the Institute of Neurosciences at the UAB before becoming in 2009 the Director of Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR). He began as the Director of the molecular neurobiology research group (1991) and as a Professor of cell biology and histology (2002) at the University of Lleida. From 2004 to 2007, he held the position of the Director of the Research Laboratory of this hospital. This nucleus was the embryo of the Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida. He has performed some science policy management tasks at various levels such as the Director and the Head of the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP) of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), General Director of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (also at MEC), and General Director of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI). Recently, he was elected as the Secretary General of the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain (COSCE). Since 2009, he has been leading the Spanish scientific participation in EATRIS, which comprises the best hospitals and some of the best biomedical research centers in Spain. Dr. Comella has published over 80 articles in international journals in the fields of apoptosis and neuroscience, most of them in journals of the first quartile. At present, he works mainly on pathophysiological roles of some antagonists of death receptors, such as FLIP, FAIM, and Lifeguard, in neuronal models.

Biography Updated on 2 May 2012

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