Pablo Villegas is a Postdoc at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy). He got his PhD at the Statistical Physics Group at the University of Granada (Spain) under the supervision of M.A. Muñoz. His expertise comprise statistical physics techniques and complex networks theory, with particular application to biological problems. He delved deeply into exploring the idea of criticality in living matter –with an emphasis for neural and genetic systems- as well as its consequences for the emergence of collective phases and cooperative phenomena. In particular, making advances in the mesoscopic modeling of neural cortex dynamics. In 2019 he joined the CRIB project at Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR) in Rome (Italy) where the principal aim was the study of the spatial tree patterns in Barro Colorado Island (Panama), as well as making part of the COBBS experimental team capturing and processing images from flocking of birds.