Welcome to EMBL-EBI

Janet Thornton EMBL-EBIProfessor Dame Janet Thornton, Director

The European Bioinformatics Institute is part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments covering the full spectrum of molecular biology. While we are best known for our provision of bioinformatics services, about 20% of our institute is devoted to basic research. Our extensive training programme helps researchers in academia and industry to make the most of the incredible amount of data being produced every day in life science experiments.

We are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by EMBL member states. Our 500 staff represent 43 nationalities, and we welcome a regular stream of visiting scientists throughout the year. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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Our mission

  • To provide freely available data and bioinformatics services to all facets of the scientific community
  • To contribute to the advancement of biology through basic investigator-driven research
  • To provide advanced bioinformatics training to scientists at all levels
  • To help disseminate cutting-edge technologies  to industry
  • To coordinate biological data provision throughout Europe.


EMBL-EBI provides a unique environment for bioinformatics research, and our broad palette of research interests compliments our data resources. In the era of personal genomics, our research is increasingly translational and related to problems of direct significance to medicine and the environment.

Our research leaders train emerging computational biologists in the EMBL International PhD Programme, and offer many different opportunities for postdocs and visiting scholars

European coordination

EMBL-EBI is a pivotal partner in several of Europe’s emerging research infrastructures. We play a key role in ELIXIR, the emerging infrastructure for biological information in Europe, and BioMedBridges, a project to build technical bridges between data and services in the biological, medical, translational and clinical domains. We are also pivotal partners in many other initiatives that impact the global scientific community. 


We maintain the world’s most comprehensive range of freely available and up-to-date molecular databases. Developed in collaboration with our colleagues worldwide, our databases and tools span the full range of molecular biology, from nucleotide sequences to full systems. Our services let scientists share data, perform complex queries and analyse the results in different ways. Users can work locally by downloading our data and software, or use our web services to access our resources programmatically. Our website serves millions of researchers, who are wet-lab and computational biologists in industry and academia working in all areas of the life sciences, from clinical biology to agri-food research.


We provide hands-on bioinformatics training courses in our purpose-built IT training suite to help experimental biologists get to grips with their data using our wide range of resources. We also bring our training to host institutions throughout the world with our Bioinformatics Roadshows. You can train in your own time and at your own pace using our new Train online resource.


The Industry Programme is a forum for interaction between EMBL-EBI and the industrial life-science research sector. Our member organisations, which include pharmaceutical and agribusiness companies, engage with EMBL-EBI in the latest bioinformatics research, service and standards development as well as training and pre-competitive projects. We also support small and medium-sized enterprises through our SME Forum.

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