AFV research

Alejandro Fernández Villaverde

I am a researcher in bioprocess and biosystems engineering. Since January 2021 I am a Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the Department of Systems Engineering and Control of the Universidade de Vigo, in Galicia, Spain.

My research is centered in the modeling of dynamical systems, with a focus on biological applications. I develop methodologies for identification and analysis of nonlinear models, using techniques from optimization and systems and control theory. I usually provide computational implementations of the methods that I develop (see software). I am also involved in teaching and supervision of students at all university levels, and in editorial duties at several journals (Symmetry, PLOS ONE, and Complexity).

Previously, I was a postdoctoral research associate at Julio Banga´s Bioprocess Engineering Group (IIM-CSIC) in two different periods: 2009-2015 and 2016-2020. In the first one I worked on several systems biology projects, and collaborated with the late John Ross (Stanford), whose lab I visited in two occasions. In the second one I worked on the CanPathPro H2020 project, building a computational platform for predictive cancer modelling. In 2015-2016 I was an I2C fellow, funded by the Xunta de Galicia and working at the universities of Minho (BioSystems group) and Oxford (SySoS group). Prior to that (2005-2009) I was an FPI fellow at the Universidade de Vigo, where I pursued a PhD in systems and control engineering under the supervision of Antonio Barreiro. During this period I spent short stays at the universities of Groningen, with Arjan van der Schaft, and MIT, with Neville Hogan.

Further information can be found in my detailed CV.

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Departamento de Enxeñaría de Sistemas e Automática | Campus universitario Lagoas-Marcosende | C.P. 36310 Vigo (Galicia) | Spain