Xavier Trepat is ICREA Professor at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). He received a B.Sc. in physics in 2000 and a B.Sc in engineering in 2001. In 2004 he obtained his Ph.D. from the Medical School at the University of Barcelona. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University, he joined IBEC in 2008.