Beneficiary 1 (Coordinator): IBEC

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

Scientist in Charge: Gabriel Gomila

ibeclogo_so_2015-copysmIBEC ( is a research institute covering most bioengineering fields, from basic research to medical applications, aiming to act as an international reference in this field. IBEC was established in 2005 by the Government of Catalonia, the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and is located at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB). IBEC hosts around 200 researchers and technicians, which are part of its own staff or are associated to the University of Barcelona (UB) and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) or coming from different recruitment programs of research staff (e.g. ICREA and others).

Within IBEC, the “Nanoscale Bioelectrical Characterization” group, led by Dr Gabriel Gomila (, is a multidisciplinary group involving physicists, engineers, biologists and chemists focussed in the development of experimental set ups based on AFM and of adequate theoretical frameworks to measure and understand the electrical properties of biological systems (cells, membranes, biomolecules) at the nanoscale.