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.

Research Achievements

From amputation to regeneration – researchers identify shared features of limb regeneration in crustaceans and vertebrates

From amputation to regeneration – researchers identify shared features of limb regeneration in crustaceans and vertebrates

Konstantinides & Averof find that crustaceans and vertebrates use a similar type of stem cell to regenerate their muscles. Their research points to a common basis for regeneration that may date back to the common ancestors of all bilaterian animals.

Quaternary Dynamics of the SecA Motor Drive Translocase Catalysis

Quaternary Dynamics of the SecA Motor Drive Translocase Catalysis

The Economou lab reveal that the protein export nanomotor SecA is highly dynamic. Gouridis etal, show that the nanomotor undergoes a finely orchastrated series of quaternary changes that are coupled to defined protein translocation steps.

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Recent News

IMBB researcher elected as EMBO member

May 2013
Kostas Tokatlidis, Professor at the University of Crete and affiliated researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas (IMBB- FORTH) was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) for his outstanding research contributions in the field of mitochondria biogenesis. [Press Release]

IMBB researcher receives the Empeirikeion Foundation Academic Excellence Prize

December 2012
Nektarios Tavernarakis, a Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation of Research and technology Hellas, and a Professor-elect at the Medical School of the University of Crete was awarded the Grant Academic Excellence Prize of the Empeirikeion Foundationfor his seminal research achievements, relevant to ageing, neurodegeneration, and learning and memory. [Press Release]

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