Principal Investigator:

JULIO R. BANGA, PhD (ORCID 0000-0002-4245-0320)

Research Professor, CSIC

Julio R. Banga obtained a M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the same University in 1991. After getting his PhD, during 1992 he was a postdoc at the University of California, Davis, and later a visiting researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and MIT. In 1995, he obtained a tenured researcher position at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). Since 2009, he is a CSIC Research Professor. He co-founded (with Antonio A. Alonso) the BioProcess Engineering Group at IIM-CSIC (Vigo, Spain) in 1996, and was its leader until 2022, when he moved to MBG-CSIC (Pontevedra, Spain) to create the Computational Biology Lab. Julio has extensive experience in computational systems biology and bioprocess systems engineering, with emphasis on reverse engineering (dynamic modelling) and dynamic optimisation (optimal control) of biological systems. He is the author of more than 200 archival publications (check citation info here). He has supervised 12 PhD students (with four more ongoing) and has participated as principal investigator in 11 projects funded by the European Union and over 20 Spanish national projects. He is a member of the Editorial Board of BMC Bioinformatics and of the IFAC Technical Committee on Control of Biotechnological Processes.

Postdoctoral Researchers:

DAVID R. PENAS, PhD (ORCID 0000-0002-7256-3094)

David received a MSc in High-Performance Scientific Computing from University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in 2012, achieving USC Best Master's thesis Award. In June 2017, he obtained a European PhD at the University of A Coruña (UDC), developed under the supervision of Julio R Banga (CSIC), Patricia González and Ramón Doallo (Computer Architecture Group, GAC-UDC). He obtained the top qualification of "Sobresaliente Cum Laude" and the UDC Best PhD Thesis Award 2016-2017.
During 2017-2019, he was a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Mathematics (IMAT-USC), University of Santiago de Compostela, working on a set of projects related to the High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Operations Research (OR) fields. In 2020 he was a visiting researcher at the Edinburgh Research Group in Optimization (ERGO) at the University of Edinburgh. In April 2021 he returned to CSIC as a postdoctoral researcher.

PhD students:

GEMMA MASSONIS FEIXAS (ORCID 0000-0001-8740-825X )

Gemma obtained a Bs in Mathematics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2018 and a Ms in Industrial Mathematics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2020. She is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic of "Contributions to ensemble modelling in systems biology: from identification to quantification of uncertainty in structure and predictions", co-supervised by Alex F. Villaverde (UVigo) and Julio R. Banga.


Carlos holds a Bs in Physics (2016) and a Ms in Physics (2017) from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and a MSc in Industrial Mathematics (2019) from University of Vigo (Spain). He is currently pursuing a PhD on the topic of "Design, analysis and optimization of biochemical pathways and genetic regulatory networks using stochastic models", co-supervised by Carlos Vázquez (UDC), Irene Otero (I2SysBio-CSIC) and Julio R. Banga.

Group photo, May 2022

(left to right: Julio, Gemma, David, Carlos)

Alumni and former postdocs:

  • Dr. Alejandro F. Villaverde (web link)
  • Dr. Irene Otero-Muras (web link)
  • Dr. David Saque Henriques
  • Dr. Attila Gabor
  • Nikolaos Tsiantis
  • Jake Pitt
  • Dr. Oana Chis
  • Maria Gundian Martin de Hijas Liste
  • Oscar Hernandez Sendin
  • Dr. Maria Rodriguez Fernandez (web link)
  • Dr. Jose A. Egea Larrosa (web link)
  • Tomas Hirmajer
  • Markus Rehberg
  • Dr. Oliver Exler
  • Martin Schluter
  • Dr. Carlos Vilas Fernández
  • Dr. Luis Taboada Antelo
  • Dr. Sonia Garcia Garcia
  • Dr. Carmen Gutierrez Moles
  • Dr. Eva Balsa Canto (web link)
  • Dr. Jose Saa Merino

Current collaborators:

  • Julio Saez-Rodríguez (Heidelberg University)
  • Jan Hasenauer (Univ. Bonn)
  • Jesús Picó (UPV, Valencia)
  • Ramón Doallo y Patricia Gonzalez (UDC, A Coruña)
  • Carlos Vázquez Cendón (UDC, A Coruña)
  • Alex F. Villaverde (UVigo, Vigo)
  • Sebastian Sager (OVGU, Magdeburg)
  • Hidde de Jong (INRIA, Grenoble)
  • Chris Barnes (UCL, London) and Ruben Perez-Carrasco (Imperial College London)

Past collaborators:

  • Natalio Krasnogor (Newcastle Univ.) and Shouyong Jiang (Univ. Aberdeen)
  • Edda Klipp (Humbolt University, Berlin)

  • Sakis Mantalaris (Imperial College, London)

  • Johannes Jaeger (CRG Barcelona)

  • Pedro Mendes (Univ. of Manchester)

  • Klaus Mauch (Insilico Biotechnology AG, Stuttgart)

  • Joerg Stelling (ETH Zurich)

  • Christoph Kaleta (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena)

  • K. Hangos and G. Szederkényi (SZTAKI, Budapest)

  • John Ross (Stanford University)

  • Federico Moran (UCM, Madrid)

  • Andreas Kremling (TU Munich)

  • Olaf Wolkenhauer (Rostock University, Germany)

  • Kenneth Holmström (Mälardalen University, Sweden)

  • Frank Doyle (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

  • Tibor Csendes (University of Szeged, Hungary)

  • V. S. Vassiliadis (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Paul I. Barton (M.I.T., USA)

  • Warren D. Seider (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

  • B. Nicolai (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • J. Van Impe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • J. Mora (CIMNE-UPC, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Klaus Keller (Princeton University)

  • Néstor Torres (ULL, Tenerife, Spain)

  • R. Paul Singh (University of California at Davis, USA)