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EMBL's site in Spain specialises in tissue biology and disease modelling

Scientists at EMBL Barcelona explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease. Alongside cutting-edge research, the site houses state-of-the-art imaging facilities, enabling scientists worldwide to access microscopy and modelling technologies specifically designed for studying tissues.

Researchers in the Unit investigate questions such as:

This EMBL site is hosted 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 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.

EMBL Barcelona as seen from the Barcelona harbour.
EMBL Barcelona as seen from Barcelona harbour.

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Research groups at EMBL Barcelona

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

Research topics at EMBL Barcelona


Understanding how cells work and how they are organised


Analysing data to unravel biological complexity

Disease modelling

Cell and statistical approaches to better understand diseases


Barcelona location


EMBL’s site in Spain specialises in tissue biology and disease modelling

Grenoble location


Located on the EPN science campus, EMBL’s site in France is a centre for structural biology studies

Hamburg location


Research in structural biology benefits from the powerful accelerator facilities on Hamburg’s DESY campus

EMBL Heidelberg location


EMBL’s administrative headquarters and host to five research units and scientific core facilities

EMBL Hinxton UK location


EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute uses its comprehensive data resources to enable discoveries worldwide

EMBL Rome location


EMBL’s site in Italy is a centre for research in epigenetics and neurobiology


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With 27 member states, laboratories at six locations across Europe and thousands of scientists and engineers working together, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is a powerhouse of biological expertise. The intergovernmental organisation, headquartered in Heidelberg, was founded in 1974 with the mission of promoting molecular biology research in Europe, training young scientists, and developing new technologies.

EMBL currently employs 1800 people in Barcelona, ​​Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), and Rome.

Publishing hundreds of research articles and hosting dozens of conferences every year, EMBL is pouring out biological insights, and training Europe’s future scientific talent.