Tissue biology and disease modelling beta

Scientists at EMBL Barcelona will explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease.

Alongside cutting-edge research, the site will house state-of-the-art imaging facilities, enabling scientists worldwide to access microscopy and modelling technologies specifically designed for studying tissues.

Researchers in the Unit will be investigating questions like:

This new site is being established in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) , one of the largest infrastructures in Southern Europe dedicated to translational research. In this highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and international environment, EMBL researchers will benefit from a partnership with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and opportunities for collaboration with other pioneering research institutes, both on campus and in the region. Perched on the Barcelona seafront, and within walking distance of the city’s iconic architecture, the site is bathed in the energy of this bustling, creative metropolis.


Groups in this unit

Bernabeu group

In vitro 3D blood-brain barrier model and cerebral malaria

Ebisuya group

Synthetic developmental biology: gene circuit and organoid zoo

Haase group

Engineering vascularised tissue-specific disease models


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The 74 research groups at EMBL are organised into nine units spanning six European sites.