Leonardo BICH

 Who am I ?

Ramón y Cajal Researcher

I was a Postdoctoral fellow in Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Project “Immunity, Development and the Microbiota (IDEM) in 2017-18: Understanding the Continuous Construction of Biological Identity”.

I graduated in Philosophy from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2004 and completed a PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems at the University of Bergamo (Italy) in 2008, with a thesis on the complex systems approach and its role in the study of minimal living systems.

> My Post-doc projects in ImmunoConcEpT:

My research has been focusing on theoretical and epistemological issues related to biological organisation and autonomy, and on their implications for investigations in Origins of Life, Synthetic and Systems Biology. After a postdoc at the University of Bergamo, mainly focused on emergence, I spent four years (2011-2015) at the IAS-Research Center on Life, Mind and Society of the University of the Basque Country (Spain) as a Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow, working on the framework of biological autonomy. Later, I was researcher and lecturer the Biology of Cognition Lab of the Universidad de Chile (2015-2016), and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2016), working on biological regulation and on definitions of life.

My current research project, at the crossroads between Philosophy of Biology and Theoretical Biology, focuses on the causes of development and, in particular, on the relationship between microbiota and host organisms.

> Selected publications:

Bich, L., Mossio, M., Ruiz-Mirazo, K. and Moreno, A. (2016). Biological regulation: controlling the system from within. Biology & Philosophy, 31(2), 237-265.

Mossio, M., and Bich, L. (2014). What makes biological organisation teleological? Synthese.

Bich, L. (2012). Complex emergence and the living organization: an epistemological framework for biology. Synthese, 185(2), 215-232.

> Personal webpage: https://leonardobich.wordpress.com/

> Current address:
IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society
Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)