EMBL Heidelberg

EMBL's headquarters and main laboratory site supports research, services, advanced training, and technology development

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About EMBL Heidelberg

EMBL Heidelberg is the organisation’s main Laboratory and serves as its headquarters. It is home to: the Director General’s Office and Council Secretariat; five research units; scientific services and core facilities; the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT), and; central administration and support functions.

Professor Peer Bork is the Director of EMBL Heidelberg (Scientific Activities). He is supported by the Office of Scientific Operations.

Research units

Cell biology and biophysics

Scientists in this unit use multidisciplinary approaches to investigate the molecular and biophysical mechanisms that enable cells to function.

Developmental biology

Scientists in the Developmental biology unit seek to understand the fundamental principles that govern multicellular development.

Directors' research

The Directors' research unit covers thematically distinct research groups, headed by EMBL and EMBO leadership.

Genome biology

The Genome biology unit uses and develops cutting-edge methods to study how the information in our genome is regulated, processed, and utilised, and how its alteration leads to disease.

Structural and computational biology

Scientists in this unit use integrated structural and computational techniques to study biology at scales from molecular structures to organismal communities.

Services and facilities

Research at EMBL is supported by the development of enabling technologies that are made available to the scientific community in its Core facilities, eight of which are located at EMBL Heidelberg. Core facilities provide practical tools and expert advice for life scientists.

Advanced Training


With more than 200 staff, in all support areas, ranging from caretakers and gardeners to senior management staff, EMBL Administration provides administrative support to more than 1600 members of personnel from in excess of 75 nations. The team is dedicated to maintaining high quality services to staff at all EMBL sites.



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

Disease models

Understanding the causes of disease to find new treatments


How cells interpret the DNA code to carry out biological functions


Cutting edge technology, zooming into life at the tiniest scales

Latest jobs

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Contact and travel


General Enquiries
Email: info@embl.de
Phone: +49 6221 387-0
Fax: +49 6221 387-8306


EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg


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