EMBL Grenoble history

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

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.

EMBL Grenoble, France, is a laboratory of about 70 people, located in very close proximity to two unique European facilities for research in structural biology: the nuclear reactor of the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), which provides high flux neutron beams, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), which produces amongst the world's most intense X-ray beams.