Aerial view of EMBL Heidelberg

Aerial view of EMBL Heidelberg

The main laboratory in Heidelberg was inaugurated in 1978 as the first EMBL facility dedicated to basic molecular biology research, technology development, service provision and advanced training.

Research at EMBL Heidelberg

Today more than 800 staff members work at EMBL Heidelberg, in services and administration, and across five research units:

Technology and services

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 Heidlberg.

Scientific breakthroughs

Many scientific breakthroughs have been made at EMBL Heidelberg, including two which have been recognized with Nobel Prizes. Jacques Dubochet was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017, for using vitrified water to prepare biological samples for electron microscopy, a technique that is still at the heart of cryo-electron microscopy. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Erich Wieschaus conducted the first systematic genetic analysis of embryonic development in the fruit fly, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1995.

Local collaborations

Heidelberg is the largest centre for biomedical research in Germany and home to the oldest German university, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

Many bilateral links between scientists at EMBL and other Heidelberg research institutions have been established. In addition to bilateral collaborations, EMBL participates in several larger projects: