EMBL's site in Italy is a centre for research in Epigenetics and Neurobiology

EMBL Rome 25th Anniversary

2024 marks EMBL Rome’s 25th and EMBL’s 50th anniversaries

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EMBL Rome was established in 1999 to apply EMBL’s approach to research to the study of mammalian physiology and genetics

Today, research at the site focuses on the interdisciplinary investigation of epigenetics and neurobiology: EMBL Rome connects under one roof experts studying the control of gene expression with those examining sensory processing and behavioural control. The common theme explored in numerous projects across the site is how changes in gene expression and brain plasticity enable organisms to adapt to their environment.

The interdisciplinary focus and relatively small size of the Unit foster a special atmosphere that exemplifies the founding principles of EMBL as a dynamic, open and collaborative environment where new scientific ideas are born and shaped. In addition to research, the institute operates a set of core facilities supporting internal and external researchers to establish and deliver cutting-edge tools and technologies.

Researchers at EMBL Rome take advantage of close links with EMBL’s sites in Germany, France, Spain and the UK. These include collaborations with data science experts at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, with structural biologists at EMBL Hamburg and EMBL Grenoble, and a wide range of molecular biologists and technology experts at EMBL Heidelberg and EMBL Barcelona that host a series of complementary core facilities in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and imaging.

The Interim Head of EMBL Rome is Dr Cornelius Gross.

Research groups

Hackett group

Epigenetic mechanisms and intergenerational inheritance

Services and facilities



Understanding how cells work and how they are organised


How single cells give rise to complex organisms

Disease models

Understanding the causes of disease to find new treatments

Fellowship and Funding opportunities

Contact and travel


EMBL Rome uses external housing facilities in the Monterotondo area or in Rome to temporarily host invited speakers, guests and new employees.


EMBL Rome's campus in Monterotondo is situated in the northeast of Rome.


Via Ramarini 32
00015 Monterotondo (RM)