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Key dates

  • 2006: Partnership established.


The partnership aims to address issues in the field of systems biology, and further understanding of key aspects of biology relevant to human health. It was established through the creation of an EMBL-CRG unit for Research in Systems Biology.

The EMBL-CRG partnership arose from Spain’s desire to implement the EMBL model in the development of a new national research institution. The partnership builds upon the synergistic commitments of the partners, combining EMBL’s expertise in computational biology with the CRG's know-how in specific areas of genomics and proteomics.

Its research draws on the expertise of various scientific disciplines and spans systems analysis from the molecular to cellular level. Teams headed by EMBL Heidelberg’s Peer Bork and Anne-Claude Gavin, are the main collaboration hubs from EMBL’s side, closely interacting with Luis Serrano and his colleagues.


The Mycoplasma pneumonia project is the largest undertaken so far under the umbrella of the EMBL-CRG partnership, aimed at the elucidation of a comprehensive structural and temporal description of an entire cell at close to molecular resolution. The outstanding quality of the collaboration is substantiated by numerous joint publications in Science that were widely acclaimed amongst the international scientific community.

On the European level, EMBL and the CRG are working together in the framework of the Euro-BioImaging project.