nBio, the Biomedical Neuroengineering Unit, focuses its research interests on medical and surgical robotics, rehabilitation and assistive devices, artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, visual neuroprosthetics, medical imaging, human-robot interaction, development of devices capable of bidirectional interaction with the nervous system (recording and stimulation), in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility studies, neuroimaging and brain plasticity, and service robotics.
In the Biomaterials and Photonics Unit we are dedicated to the design and production of new biomaterials, and to the development of advanced imaging and structured light optical systems with applications in the field of health and materials processing. We develop ceramic and vitreous biomaterials, as well as 3D scaffolds, with the aim of reproducing and regenerating bone tissue. We use programmable optical techniques for light modulation with spatial control of its polarization and phase, with applications in diffractive optics and biomedical imaging.
In the Genetics unit we are interested in the molecular and genetic characterization of key aspects of plant development, such as organogenesis, microRNA signaling and regeneration.
The Nutrition and Bromatology Unit researches on aspects related to the nutritional process, ranging from the composition of the food before consumption to the assimilation and processing of the nutrients that compose it in the organism.
The Organic Chemistry Unit is dedicated to the synthesis of organic molecules with optoelectronic and/or biotechnological applications. To this end, we use various scaffolds such as phthalocyanines, perylenediimides, diketopyrropyroles, fullerenes, nanotubes and other carbon nanoforms, graphene, MoS2… that after their structural modification are transformed into valuable building blocks for the preparation of organic or hybrid solar cells, artificial photosynthetic systems, organic dye lasers, sensors, dual imaging agents, metalloids…
The Toxicology and Chemical Safety Unit is formed by the “Toxicology and Environmental Health” and “Toxicology and Population Risk” research groups.
The unit is mainly formed by two research groups, Cell Engineering and Therapy, led by Dr. Bernat Soria. On the other hand, Applied Zoology and Biophysics, led by Dr. Trinidad León.