Bernat Corominas Murtra
Bernat Corominas Murtra

About me

I am an assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute of Biology of the University of Graz, head of the research group Statistical Physics of Living Systems within the field of excellence Complexity of Life in Basic Research and Innovation


July 13th, 2022: New paper in Nature on stem cell regulation:
Retrograde movements determine effective stem cell numbers in the intestine, see also Nature News and Views on the topic.



2021-present. Assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute of Biology of the University of Graz

2018-2021. Associated researcher at the IST Austria

2017-2018. Associated researcher at the Vienna Complexity Science Hub

2012-2018. Associated researcher at the Section for Science of Complex Systems, Medical University of Vienna

2011-2012. Associated researcher at the ICREA-Complex Systems Lab, University Pompeu Fabra

2011. Phd in Science. Advisor: Ricard Solé University Pompeu Fabra

2008. MsC in Mathematics. Advanced Mathematics Program. Barcelona University

2005. Degree in Linguistics. Barcelona University

2001. Degree in Physics. Barcelona Autonomous University

Selected publications

Retrograde movements determine effective stem cell numbers in the intestine Maria Azkanaz, Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Saskia I. J. Ellenbroek, et al. Nature. (2022)

Rigidity percolation uncovers a structural basis for embryonic tissue phase transitions Nicoletta I. Petridou, Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Edouard Hannezo. Cell 184 (7), 1914-1928. e19 (2021)

Stem cell lineage survival as a noisy competition for niche access Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Colinda L.G.J. Scheele, Kasumi Kishi, Saskia Ellenbroek, Benjamin D. Simons, Jacco van Rheenen, and Edouard Hannezo Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 201921205 (2020)

Decomposing information into copying versus transformation Artemy Kolchinsky, Bernat Corominas-Murtra Journal of the Royal Society Interface 17: 20190623 (2020)

Thermodynamics of duplication thresholds in synthetic protocell systems Bernat Corominas-Murtra Life 9(1); 9 (2019)

Zipf's law, unbounded complexity and open ended evolution Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Luís Seoane, Ricard Solé Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15 (149), 20180395 (2018)

How driving rates determine the statistics of driven non-equilibrium systems with stationary distributions Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Rudolf Hanel, Leonardo Zavojanni and Stefan Thurner Scientific Reports 8, 10837 (2018)

Is the architecture of mutualistic networks an evolutionary spandrel? Sergi Valverde, Jordi Piñero, Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Jose Montoya, Lucas Joppa, Ricard Solé Nature Ecology and Evolution 2(1), 94 (2018)

Three faces of entropy for complex systems: Information, thermodynamics, and the maximum entropy principle Stefan Thurner, Bernat Corominas-Murtra, and Rudolf Hanel Physical Review E 96, 032124 (2017)

Understanding scaling through history-dependent processes with collapsing sample space Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Rudolf Hanel and Stefan Thurner Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112 (17), 5348-5353 (2015)

Towards a mathematical theory of meaningful communication Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Jordi Fortuny and Ricard Solé Scientific Reports 4, 4587 (2014)

On the origins of hierarchy in complex networks Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Joaquín Goñi, Ricard V Solé and Carlos Rodríguez-Caso Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA USA 110 (33), 12216-13321 (2013)


Resting-brain functional connectivity predicted by analytic measures of network communication Joaquín Goñi, Martijn P. van den Heuvel, Andrea Avena-Koenigsberger, Nieves Vélez de Mendizábal, Richard F. Betzel, Alessandra Griffa, Patrick Hagmann, Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Jean-Philippe Thiran and Olaf Sporns Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111 (2), 833-838 (2013)

Topological reversibility and causality in feed-forward networks Bernat Corominas-Murtra, Carlos Rodríguez-Caso, Joaquin Goñi and Ricard V. Solé New Journal of Physics 12, 32767 (2010)

Universality of Zipf's law Bernat Corominas-Murtra and Ricard V. Solé Physical Review E 82, 11102 (2010)

Diversity, competition, extinction: the ecophysics of language change Ricard Solé, Bernat Corominas-Murtra and Jordi Fortuny Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7, 1647-1664 (2010)

Robustness of the European power grids under intentional attacks Ricard V. Solé, Martí Rosas Casals, Bernat Corominas-Murtra and Sergi Valverde Physical Review E 77, 26102 (2008)

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Contact details

  • Institute of Biology, University of Graz
  • Holteigasse 6, 8010
  • Graz, Austria
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