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

VEGF Signaling Integrates the UPR Machinery of the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Physiological Responses such as Angiogenesis

VEGF Signaling Integrates the UPR Machinery of the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Physiological Responses such as Angiogenesis

The team of Prof. Fotsis reveals that VEGF integrates components of the UPR machninery to generateangiogenesis. In this repsect, Karali et al. show that the ER plays an important role in normal cellular functions, such as signaling by growth factors, and is not limited to the adaptation of the cell to stress.

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.

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Recent News

IMBB researcher is elected member of the Academy of Europe

August 2014
Nektarios Tavernarakis, the Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at the Foundation of Research and technology Hellas (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]

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]

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