ARISE Research Focus

Technology development, especially with the purpose of enriching service provision in the life sciences, is currently one of EMBL’s main strategic focuses.

Research focus

EMBL groups are developing technologies in imaging, chemical biology, computational modelling, microfluidics, robotics, X-ray optics, high-precision mechanics, data acquisition, automation, bioinformatics and software development, and integrated structural biology.

EMBL runs several engineering teams, which support researchers in designing instruments and exploring new challenges in instrumentation. The EMBL Imaging Centre, scheduled to begin operations in 2021, will provide access to the latest technologies in light and electron microscopy, alongside data analysis facilities and expert support. This will allow scientists from academia and industry to use and develop new microscopy techniques to visualise the smallest building blocks of life, and thus its fundamental processes.

To find out more about the groups and teams that are part of the ARISE programme, see the overview of ARISE groups and partner organisations below.

Research at EMBL

Research at EMBL is conducted by more than 120 groups and teams, enabled by over 1 700 staff from more than 80 countries. As well as biologists, biochemists, and bioinformaticians, researchers include mathematicians, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, and engineers. They pursue their interests in broad thematic units spanning scales from single molecules to complex systems and organisms, combining methods and technologies from diverse disciplines.

In the past five years, EMBL researchers have published more than 3 000 articles and received 785 grants. Around one in every three EMBL scientists is an inventor — in the past 20 years, EMBL researchers have made 1 060 invention disclosures, created 20 start-up companies, and generated €100 million in income.

EMBL’s core facilities and other service platforms provide services and physical access for more than 3 200 scientists each year, and EMBL’s databases and bioinformatics tools handle more than 35 million data requests each day.

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Participating groups and teams

The following EMBL group and team leaders are participating in the ARISE programme.

A finalised list of groups and teams that are able to host new fellows in the first ARISE call (Autumn 2020) will be published here by the end of June 2020.

Anna Kreshuk

Group Leader | Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

Machine learning for bioimage analysis

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Robert Prevedel

Group Leader | Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

Advanced optical techniques for deep tissue microscopy group

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Yannick Schwab

Team Leader | Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

Head of Electron Microscopy Core Facility

Volume correlative light and electron microscopy

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Jonas Ries

Group leader | Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

Superresolution microscopy for structural cell biology

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Rainer Pepperkok

Head of Advanced Light Microscopy Facility

Director of Scientific Core Facilities and Scientific Services

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Joe Lewis

Head of Chemical Biology Core Facility | Core Facilities

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Kim Remans

Head of Protein Expression and Purification Core Facility | Core Facilities

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Vladimir Benes

Head of Genomics Core Facility | Core Facilities

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Malte Paulsen

Head of Flow Cytometry Core Facility | Core Facilities

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Mikhail Savitski

Team Leader | Genome Biology Unit

Head of Proteomics Core Facility| Core Facilities

Stability proteomics for assessing the state of the proteome

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Oliver Stegle

Group Leader | Genome Biology Unit

Statistical genomics and systems genetics

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Jan Korbel

Group Leader | Genome Biology Unit

From genomic variation to molecular mechanism

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Wolfgang Huber

Group Leader | Genome Biology Unit

Multi-omics and statistical computing

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Eileen Furlong

Head of Genome Biology Unit

Group Leader | Genome Biology Unit

Genome regulation and topology during embryonic development

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Christoph Müller

Head of Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Group Leader | Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Molecular mechanisms of transcriptional regulation in eukaryote

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Julia Mahamid

Group Leader | Structural and Computational Biology Unit

In situ structural analysis of phase separation and molecular crowding

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Peer Bork

Head of Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Group Leader | Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Deciphering function and evolution of biological systems

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Georg Zeller

Team Leader | Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Computational analysis of host-microbiota interactions in disease and drug therapy

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Theodore Alexandrov

Team Leader | Spatial metabolomics, Structural and Computational Biology Unit

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Maria J. Martin

Team Leader | Protein Function Development

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Juan A. Vizcaino

Team Leader | Proteomics

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Ian Dunham

Director Open Targets

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Johanna McEntyre

Associate Director of EMBL-EBI Services

Head of Literature Services

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Henning Hermjakob

Head of Molecular Systems services

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Helen Parkinson

Head of Molecular Archival Resources

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Irene Papatheodorou

Team Leader | Gene Expression

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Andrew Leach

Head of Chemistry Service

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Rob Finn

Team Leader | Sequence Families

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Guy Cochrane

Team Leader | Data Coordination and Archiving

EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

Florent Cipriani

Team Leader | Diffraction Instrumentation Team

EMBL Grenoble, France

José Marquez

Head of Crystallisation Facility

EMBL Grenoble, France

Andrew McCarthy

Team Leader | Synchrotron Crystallography Team

EMBL Grenoble, France

Thomas Schneider

Joint Head of Research Infrastructures

Group Leader

Tools for structure determination and analysis

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Maria Garcia Alai

Head of EMBL Sample Preparation and Characterisation Facility

Molecular biophysics and high-throughput crystallisation Team

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Dmitri Svergun

Joint Head of Research Infrastructures

Group Leader

Small-angle X-ray scattering from macromolecular solutions

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Stefan Fiedler

Team Leader

Synchrotron instrumentation for structural biology beamlines at PETRA III

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Jim Swoger

Head of Mesoscopic Imaging Facility

EMBL Barcelona, Spain

Vikas Trivedi

Group Leader

Self-organisation in multi-cellular systems

EMBL Barcelona, Spain

ARISE partner organisations

ARISE has a number of partner organisations that will support training of the ARISE fellows by providing the opportunity for long- or short-term secondments at their premises. Partner organisations are from both academic and non-academic sectors.

Academic (service-providing and technology-developing) organisations (alphabetically sorted)

Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Center for Ecotoxicological Research, CETI, Podgorica, Montenegro

Center for Genomics Research, CRG, Barcelona, Spain

Center of Excellence for Biomedical Research, Montenegro

Central European Institute at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Charles University, Faculty of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia

Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia

ETH Zurich, Functional Genomics Center, Zurich, Switzerland

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft – Institute for Manufacturing and Production, Stuttgart, Germany

Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

Heinrich-Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology, Hamburg, Germany

Institute of Structural Biology, IBS, CNRS, Grenoble, France

Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Institut Curie, Paris, France

Institute of Advanced Biosciences, Grenoble, France

Institute of Biotechnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Vestec, Czech Republic

Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, IMG,Prague, Czech Republic

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

L-Università ta'Malta, Department of Applied Biomedical Sciences, Malta

Palacky University Olomouc, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Olomouc, Czech Republic

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø , Norway

The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

University of Gothenburg, Centre for Cellular Imaging, Gothenburg, Sweden

Universität Hamburg (University of Hamburg), Hamburg, Germany

University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro

Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, VIB, Gent, Belgium

Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Non-academic organisations (alphabetically sorted)

ARINAX Scientific Instrumentation, Grenoble, France,

Bayer AG, Division Crop Sciences, Monheim am Rhine, Germany

The Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Urology, Berlin, Germany

CelGene Institute for Translational Research Europe, Seville, Spain

Eli Lilly and Company Limited, Surrey, England, UK

European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Company GmbH, EuXFEL, Schenefeld, Germany

F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland

Leica Microsystems GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany

Luxendo, a Bruker Company, Heidelberg, Germany

LyncéeTec SA, Lausanne, Switzerland

New England BioLabs, NEB, Ipswitch, Massachusetts, USA

Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Informatics, NIBR, Basel, Switzerland

Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany

Olympus Europa SE & Co KG, Hamburg, Germany

SciBite Ltd., Cambridge, UK

Syngenta, Jealott's Hill International Research Center, Bracknell, UK

XtalConcepts GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

Learn more

Further information on the programme can be found in the following sections.


An introduction to the ARISE Programme.

Programme overview

Develop skills uniquely required by Research Infrastructure Scientists.

How to apply

The ARISE Programme is open to experienced STEM professionals from the whole world.


Who to contact and how to get in touch.