Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) is based in Heraklion (Crete), and is conducting basic and applied research in established and emerging areas of Biomedical science. IMBB was founded in 1983 and is part of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), one of the largest research centers in Greece.

Research at IMBB is diverse and falls into the following areas: Gene Regulation, Developmental Genetics, Neurosciences, Host-Pathogen Interactions and Immunity, Protein Function and Structural Biology.

Our multidisciplinary research is supported by state-of-the-art experimental facilities and is enhanced by extensive collaborations and interactions with the other co-located Institutes of FORTH that conduct research in physical, computing and mathematical sciences. Additional scientific interactions and collaborations have been established with many departments at the University of Crete, as well as the broader academic and research community in Greece and the rest of Europe.

Our multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative environment is ideal for training of undergraduate and PhD students and for postdoctoral researchers.

Recent Research Achievements

Long noncoding RNAs regulate allelic gene expression

Long noncoding RNAs regulate allelic gene expression

The team of Prof. Spilianakis provides insights on how long non-coding RNAs may regulate biallelic gene expression.

The role of VEGF Signaling and UPR in Angiogenesis

The role of VEGF Signaling and UPR in Angiogenesis

The team of Prof. Theo Fotsis reveals that VEGF integrates components of the UPR machninery in the ER to regulate angiogenesis.

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Recent News

IMBB researcher earns ERC Consolidator Grant

March 2015
IMBB researcher George Garinis has been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for his research on  Nucleotide Excision Repair mechanisms.
[Press Release]

IMBB researcher becomes member of the Academy of Europe

August 2014
Nektarios Tavernarakis, the Director of IMBB at FORTH and a Professor at the Medical School of the University of Crete was today elected a member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).
[Press Release]

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