HMMER project background

About the project

The HMMER project is a collaborative project between the HMMER algorithm developers, led by Sean Eddy at HHMI/Harvard University, and the HMMER web service team, lead by Rob Finn at EMBL-EBI. Between us, we aim to provide Life science researchers fast and sensitive homology searches, which are accessible to the broadest possible community.

More information about this project is available on ReadTheDocs at

Staying informed

The following are aimed at keeping users informed about changes or issues:

Citing us

If you have used the HMMER website, please consider citing the following reference that describes this work:

PDF file HMMER web server: 2018 update
S.C. Potter, A. Luciani, S.R. Eddy Y. Park, R. Lopez and R.D. Finn,
Nucleic Acids Research (2018) Web Server Issue 46:W200-W204.


HMMER is supported by the following organisations:

EMBL EMBL is EMBL-EBI's parent organisation. It provides core funding (staff, space, equipment) for HMMER.
Wellcome Trust As well as providing and maintaining the campus on which the EMBL-EBI is located, the Wellcome Trust also now provides funding for HMMER (grant 108433/Z/15/Z). The current grant runs from October 2015 to September 2020.
HHMI The Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports the Eddy group.