EMBL Grenoble

EMBL's site in France is specialised in Structural Biology research, instrumentation development and services

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About EMBL Grenoble

Founded in 1975, EMBL Grenoble is specialized in Structural Biology research and services. EMBL Grenoble shares the EPN Campus with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) and the French national Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), whose complementary and integrated facilities provide a very rich environment for structural biologists. EMBL Grenoble scientists focus both on fundamental research in structural molecular biology, and on developing state-of-the art instrumentation, methods and services.

The research groups at EMBL Grenoble focus mainly on RNA biology and infection biology, in particular the structural molecular biology of protein-RNA complexes involved in gene expression and host-pathogen interactions. The latter includes work on important human viral, parasite and bacterial pathogens. In addition, three technology-focused teams develop and deploy as services to the broader scientific community innovative and automated structural biology technologies related to protein crystallisation, structure determination by X-ray crystallography, small-angle scattering and cryo-electron microscopy methods, as well as ligand screening for drug development.

Research groups and teams

Bhogaraju group

Ubiquitin signalling in bacterial pathogenicity and cancer

Cusack group

Structural biology of RNA-protein complexes in gene expression and host-pathogen interactions

Galej group

Structure and function of RNA-protein complexes

Marcia group

Structure and function of lncRNA-protein complexes regulating development and stress responses

Services and Facilities



Structural Biology

The Partnership for Structural Biology, based at EMBL's Grenoble site, provides common technical platforms for state-of-the-art structural biology projects. Partners coordinate scientific activities and drive the development of new instruments and methods.

Fellowship and Funding opportunities

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Research topics


Understanding how cells work and how they are organised


Developing new drugs and tools to understand the chemistry of life


How single cells give rise to complex organisms


Cutting edge technology, zooming into life at the tiniest scales


Key dates in EMBL Grenoble's History

embl grenoble building

2020 - Update of Structural Biology beamlines at ESRF, following the ESRF upgrade to become the world's first fourth-generation synchrotron (ESRF-EBS).

2007-2015 - EMBL Grenoble, together with the Grenoble University and the CNRS operate the International Unit of Virus Host Cell Interactions (UVHCI) to foster internationally competitive research in structural and molecular biology, focussing on host-pathogen interactions.

2006 - Inauguration of the Carl-Ivar Brändén Building (CIBB), hosting the Partnership for Structural Biology (PSB) and the Unit of Host Cell Virus Interaction (UVHCI).

2005 - New facility providing on-site infrastructures for protein expression and high-throughput crystallisation and automated synchrotron X-ray beamlines

2002 - Creation of the Partnership for Structural Biology (PSB) as a joint venture with the neighboring institutes ILL, ESRF, IBS, CNRS and UJF.

1994 - Opening of the ESRF, the world's first third-generation synchrotron: creation of a precision automated microdiffractometer expanding the use of X-ray crystallography and broadening the scope of structural biology.

1980s - Development of neutron scattering techniques and instrumentation resulting in a joint ILL/EMBL neutron diffractometer using an image plate detector.

1975 - Foundation of EMBL Grenoble with an agreement with the ILL to use neutron beams to investigate biological structures.

Contact and travel


Email: info@embl.fr
Phone: +33 4 76 20.71.23
Fax: +33 4 76 20.71.99
SIRET: 302 717 327 00027
SIREN: 302 717 327
APE/NAF: 7219Z


EMBL Grenoble
71 avenue des Martyrs
CS 9018
38042 Grenoble Cedex 9


Mylene Andre
Email: media@embl.org