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Salva Duran-Nebreda

Hi, I am Salva Duran-Nebreda, a synthetic biologist and Complex Systems researcher interested in the Major Transitions in Evolution. In particular, I am fascinated by how individuality shifts as new levels of selection are created and how emergent properties appear in collective systems, from fitness to patterns and aging.

My research includes aspects of Development, Tissue Architecture, Pattern Formation, Evolutionary Biology and Artificial Life. I have studied how order emerges in tissue architecture in plants in the university of Birmingham. I also worked in modeling the transition to multicellularity in different scenarios, synthetically producing spatial patterns similar to those observed during development and the synthetic biology of terraformation.


  • –present
    Researcher, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)