Philosophy of Biology UCMadrid Group


Current Visitors

Juan Carlos Gallego-Gómez 

Juan Carlos Gallego-Gómez completed his undergraduate studies in Medicine at the University of Quindío (Colombia). He holds a Biology degree, with a major in Genetics and a notable emphasis on zoology, from the University of Valle. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and the National Center of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) in Spain. Currently, he serves as a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. He leads the Molecular and Translational Medicine Group. Presently, he is pursuing a second PhD in Philosophy of Science at the University of Valle (Cali, Colombia) under the guidance of Juan Carlos Moreno-Ortíz from Saint Thomas Aquinas University in Bogotá, Colombia. His research interests span philosophy, history, and sociology of biology and medicine. His doctoral thesis focuses on the historical assembly of the cell as an epistemic-scientific entity using the historical epistemology approach. More recently, he has delved into exploring metaphysics within biology for comprehending the cell through the lenses of process and substantialist ontologies. 

Juan Carlos Gallego-Gómez is a visiting researcher at BioKoinos and will be based there from September 2023 to February 2024. During this period, he will collaborate on research involving the development of metaphysical approaches to understanding the cell as an epistemic-scientific entity alongside Laura Nuño de la Rosa.

ResearchGate profile 

Contact: juan.gallego.gomez[at] 

David Cortés García

David Cortés García is a graduate in Biology from the University of Salamanca (2018) who obtained his Master’s in Philosophy, Science and Values at the University of the Basque Country (2019), where he is currently working in his PhD in Philosophy of Biology under the supervision of Arantza Etxeberria and Mikel Torres.

Research Interests: He is interested the philosophy, history and social studies of biology. His current research is oriented towards organismal biology, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) and organizational approaches to life as applied to understanding and theorizing reproductive processes in biology.

David is a visiting resarcher in BioKoinos, who will be staying from September to December 2023. During this period, he will be investigating the evolution of viviparity in conversation with Laura Nuño de la Rosa.

ResearchGate profile

Contact: david.cortes[at]


Former Visitors

Francisco Haro Almansa

Francisco Haro Almansa graduated in philosophy in 2015. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis at the University of Málaga on the problem of the Indeterminacy of Matter in physics (from Laplace's demon to quantum mechanics) and in Aristotelian philosophy. His research focuses on the philosophical assumptions (ontological and gnoseological) of the problem of the indeterminacy of matter, such as the problem of causality, the concept of movement or the essence of matter. Francisco Haro Almansa defends the idea that the concepts of Aristotelian natural philosophy (especially "potency" or "ens per accidens") allow for an adequate resolution of this much debated question in contemporary physics.

Research interests: philosophy of nature, determination of matter, problem of causality, metaphysics, Aristotle, modern physics, quantum mechanics.

He visited BioKoinos from September 1st to November 30th 2022.