Position Lab Technician
Research interests Complex Systems
Group Nonlinear Dynamics and Evolution Lab
Vidiella Rocamora, Blai

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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).

Other Research Interests

Ecology, Synthetic Biology, Mathematical modeling

Selected publications
  1. Vidiella, B. & Solé, R. (2022). Ecological firewalls for synthetic biology. iScience
  2. Fontich, E., Guillamon, A.,  Lázaro, J.T., Alarcón, T., Vidiella, B., & Sardanyés, J. (2022). Critical slowing down close to a global bifurcation of a curve of quasi-neutral equilibria. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 104, 106032.
  3. Solé, R., Conde, N., Guillamon, A., Maull, V., Pla, J., Sardanyés, J., &  Vidiella, B. (2021). Synthetic criticality in cellular brains Journal of Physics: Complexity, 2, 041001.
  4. Berdugo, M., Vidiella, B., Solé, R., & Maestre, F. T. (2021). Ecological mechanisms underlying aridity thresholds in global drylands. Functional Ecology.
  5. Vidiella, B., Guillamon, A., Sardanyés, J., Maull, V., Pla, J., Conde, N., & Solé, R. (2021). Engineering self-organized criticality in living cells. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1-10.
  6. Vidiella, B., Fontich, E., Valverde, S., Sardanyés, J. (2021). Habitat loss causes long extinction transients in small trophic chains. Theoretical Ecology, 1-21.
  7. Duran-Nebreda, S., Pla, J., Vidiella, B., Piñero, J., Conde-Pueyo, N., & Solé, R. (2021). Synthetic Lateral Inhibition in Periodic Pattern Forming Microbial Colonies. ACS Synthetic Biology, 10(2), 277-285.
  8. Conde-Pueyo, N., Vidiella, B., Sardanyés, J., Berdugo, M., Maestre, F. T., De Lorenzo, V., & Solé, R. (2020). Synthetic biology for terraformation lessons from mars, earth, and the microbiome. Life, 10(2), 14.
  9. Vidiella, B., Sardanyés, J., & Solé, R. V. (2020). Synthetic soil crusts against green-desert transitions: a spatial model. Royal Society open science, 7(8), 200161.
  10. Valverde, S., Vidiella, B., Montañez, R., Fraile, A., Sacristán, S., & García-Arenal, F. (2020). Coexistence of nestedness and modularity in host–pathogen infection networks. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4(4), 568-577.
  11. Alsedà, L., Vidiella, B., Solé, R., Lázaro, J. T., & Sardanyés, J. (2020). Dynamics in a time-discrete food-chain model with strong pressure on preys. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 84, 105187.
  12. Solé, R., Ollé-Vila, A., Vidiella, B., Duran-Nebreda, S., & Conde-Pueyo, N. (2018). The road to synthetic multicellularity. Current Opinion in Systems Biology, 7, 60-67.
  13. Vidiella, B., Sardanyés, J., & Solé, R. (2018). Exploiting delayed transitions to sustain semiarid ecosystems after catastrophic shifts. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15(143), 20180083.
  14. Solé, R. V., Montañez, R., Duran-Nebreda, S., Rodriguez-Amor, D., Vidiella, B., & Sardanyés, J. (2018). Population dynamics of synthetic terraformation motifs. Royal Society open science, 5(7), 180121.
  15. Macia, J., Vidiella, B., & Solé, R. V. (2017). Synthetic associative learning in engineered multicellular consortia. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 14(129), 20170158.

 The complete list of publications can be seen at my web, ORCID and GoogleScholar.