From genomes to organisms, EMBL is exploring the secrets of life

EMBL's diverse research programme is pushing the limits of biological knowledge, with our researchers developing innovative techniques and technologies as part of the process.

Research units


Making sense of vast, complex biological datasets produced using new and emerging technologies in molecular biology.

Cell Biology and Biophysics

Using multidisciplinary approaches to investigate the molecular and biophysical mechanisms that enable cells to function.

Developmental Biology

Seeking to understand the origin, development, and evolution of organisms and their communities.

Directors' Research

Thematically distinct research groups, headed by EMBL and EMBO leadership.

Genome Biology

Studing the regulation, processing and use of information across different molecular layers (DNA, RNA, Proteins, metabolites) and the effects of variation.

Structural Biology

Providing access at Hamburg and Grenoble to world-leading sources of X-ray and neutronradiation, enabling users to study the structures of biological molecules.

Tissue Biology and Disease Modelling

Using advanced technologies to observe, manipulate, and model how changes in genes percolate through cells, tissues, and organs, in health and disease.

Traversing European Coastlines (TREC)

An expedition to study coastal ecosystems and their response to the environment, from molecules to communities

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EMBL Programme

Pushing boundaries in research, services, training and technology.

Interdisciplinary research

Using interdisciplinary approaches to study and understand biological systems in their full complexity.

Explore EMBL's full list of scientific publications and preprints which go back as far as 1979.

EMBL has a long standing tradition of scientific excellence that builds on highly interactive research units. We take pride in the level of collaborative work engaged in by our groups and teams, involving both internal and external collaborators.


Understanding how cells work and how they are organised


Chemical tools to answer biological questions


Computing to analyse data from a range of biological experiments


How a single cell becomes a multicellular organism

Disease models

Cell and statistical approaches to better understand diseases


Studying the genetic blueprint that coordinates all cellular processes


Cutting-edge technology, zooming into life at the tiniest scales


How biological tissues develop, work, regenerate, and heal

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