Welcome to Blai Vidiella personal website


I am a pre-doctoral researcher at Nonlinear dynamics and evolution Lab (NoDE) of the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM). Simultaneously, I am a PhD candidate at Complex Systems Lab (CSL) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, supervised by Ricard Solé , Josep Sardanyés and Núria Conde. I am designing, modelling, and sometimes testing, engineered systems for holding ecosystems before a tipping point. For this reason, I apply concepts from different areas such as: ecology (in order to know what is needed), computation science (abstract design of the needed circuits), synthetic biology (for the organism engineering), dynamical systems (for instance ghost phenomena and chaos) and mathematical modelling (to test and predicting behaviour). Hopefully, after my doctorate we will understand better some damaged ecosystems and we will have some insights of how to sustain them using biological agents. Will we be able to Terraform our planet?

My background is a Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Sciences in Mathematical Modeler of Complex Systems. I have been interested in Complexity and Dynamical Systems since my first lessons in the Biomedical Engineering degree. The question of how these two branches of science can give simple explanations of the emerging properties of natural systems is fascinating.

My interests make me collaborate during my Degree and Master studies with the Complex Systems Lab (CSL) and Dynamical Systems Biology Lab (DSB) from the UPF. In the DSB lab I have been supervised by Jordi Garcia Ojalvo, and we have studied the expression patterning in the gastruloids, the effects of noise in the cell division and the echo phenomena in synthetic biological oscillators. In the CSL I had been researching about how engineering synthetic bacteria to behave as an immune system, and engineering the semi-arid ecosystems to improve them in front of the global Climate Change conditions, and the study of the plastic ocean ecosystem crated by the human society.

Nowadays, my research is focused in the Terraformation of ecosystems. In order to achieve the possibility to engineer the ecosystem, we must learn several topics to predict the viability of our Terraformation strategy. Some of the topics needed are: Population dynamics, Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Dynamical systems, Biological Computation and Spatial Analysis. Complexity science provide us the landmark to understand the whole phenomena, even when their parts can not explain the behaviour of the system by themselves.


[17] "Critical slowing down close to a global bifurcation of a curve of quasi neutral equilibria" (Submitted) Ernest Fontich, Antoni Guillamon, Tomás Lázaro, Tomás Alarcón, Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés.

[16] "Synthetic criticality in cellular brains" (Submitted) Ricard Solé, Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Antoni Guillamon, Victor Maull, Jordi Pla, Josep Sardanyés, Blai Vidiella.

[15] "Ecological mechanisms underlying aridity thresholds in global drylands" (Submitted) Miguel Berdugo, Blai Vidiella, Ricard Solé, Fernando T. Maestre. [Preprint]

[14] "Structural entropy constrains dynamics in directed networks" (Submitted) Blai Vidiella, Salva Duran-Nebreda, Sergi Valverde. [Preprint]

[13] "Engineering self-organized criticality in living cells" Blai Vidiella, Antoni Guillamon, Josep Sardanyés, Victor Maull, Jordi Pla, Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Ricard Solé. [Preprint]

[12] "Synthetic Lateral Inhibition in Periodic Pattern Forming Microbial Colonies" Salva Duran-Nebreda, Jordi Pla, Blai Vidiella, Jordi Piñero, Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Ricard Solé. [Preprint]

[11] "Habitat loss causes long extinction transients in small trophic chains." Blai Vidiella, Ernest Fontich, Sergi Valverde, Josep Sardanyés. [Preprint]

[10] "Synthetic biology for terraformation: lessons from Mars, Earth and the microbiome." Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés, Miguel Berdugo, Fernando Maestre, Victor de Lorenzo and Ricard Solé. [Preprint]

[9] "Synthetic soil crusts against green-desert transitions: a spatial model." Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés, Ricard Solé. [Preprint]

[8] "Dynamics in a time-discrete food-chain model with strong pressure on preys." Lluís Alsedà, Blai Vidiella, Ricard Solé, Tomás Lázaro, Josep Sardanyés. [Preprint]

[7] "On dynamics and invariant sets in predator-prey maps" (Book Chapter) Blai Vidiella, J. Tomás Lázaro, Lluís Alsedà and Josep Sardanyés.

[6] "Coexistence of nestedness and modularity in host–pathogen infection networks" Sergi Valverde, Blai Vidiella, Raul Montañez, Aurora Fraile, Soledad Sacristán, and Fernando García-Arenal. [Nat. Eco. & Evo. Comunity]

[5] "The road to synthetic multicellularity"  Ricard Solé, Aina Ollé-Vila, Blai Vidiella, Salva Duran-Nebreda, Núria Conde-Pueyo.

[4] "Exploiting delayed transitions to sustain semiarid ecosystems after catastrophic shifts"  Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés, Ricard Solé. [Preprint]

[3] "The Paradox Of Constant Oceanic Plastic Debris: Evidence For Evolved Microbial Biodegradation?" (Submited) Ricard Solé, Ernest Fontich, Blai Vidiella, Salva Duran-Nebreda, Raul Montañez, Jordi Piñero, Sergi Valverde. [Preprint]

[2] "Synthetic associative learning in engineered multicellular consortia" Javier Macía, Blai Vidiella, Ricard Solé . [Preprint]

[1] "Population Dynamics of Synthetic Terraformation Motifs"  Ricard Solé, Raul Montañez, Salva Duran-Nebreda, Daniel R. Amor, Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés. [Preprint]


[P4] "Synthetic Biology for Terraforming our planet"  Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés, Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Ricard Solé. 1st International BioDesign Research Conference [Abstract] [Poster] [Talk]

[P3] "Terraforming Semiarid Ecosystems"  Blai Vidiella, Nuria Conde-Pueyo, Josep Sardanyés, Ricard Solé. I Jornada Planetary Wellbeing

[P2] "Exploiting delayed transitions to sustain semiarid ecosystems after catastrophic shifts"  Blai Vidiella, Josep Sardanyés, Ricard Solé. Complexitat.cat 2019

[P1] "Echo phenomena in synthetic oscillators"  Blai Vidiella, Edward Ott, Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo. International WE Heraeus Physics School on “Model systems for understanding biological processes" (2015)

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ORCID: 0000-0002-4819-7047
Email: bvidiella@crm.cat
Email: blai.vidiella@upf.edu


Complex Systems Lab


Centre de Recerca Matemàtica,
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