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Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB)

IRB

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) is a public institution engaged in basic and applied research at the unique interface between molecular and cell biology, computational and structural biology and chemistry, with experts in proteomics, genomics, biostatistics and advanced digital microscopy. Research at IRB Barcelona is carried out by 23 groups, organized into five programs, which work together with the common goal of conducting multidisciplinary projects that address important biomedical problems that affect our society. Approximately 450 scientists and technical and administrative staff from 35 countries currently work at IRB Barcelona. The institute was created by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) and the University of Barcelona (UB) in October 2005 and is located at the Barcelona Science Park.

Excellence and recognition awards
  • Since 2016 – IRB Barcelona is member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
  • Since 2015 – “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal from the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of Spain
  • Since 2014 – “Human Resources Excellence in Research” seal from the European Commission
  • 2012 – “Narcís Monturiol” award from the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • IRB has been awarded 10 European Research Council (ERC) grants
Director of the center
Joan J. Guinovart

Joan J. Guinovart

Joan J. Guinovart graduated in Chemistry and in Pharmacy (1969) from the University of Barcelona (UB). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry (1973) from the same university and he is a Board-Certified Specialist in Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Analysis. In 1974, he did his postdoctoral stage in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia (US).

Renowned researcher
Marco Milán

Marco Milán

Marco Milán graduated in Biology (1991) from the Complutense University of Madrid and he holds a PhD (1995) from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Since 2003, he is Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and leads the Development and Growth Control Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. Since 2007, he is also Coordinator of the Cell and Developmental Biology Programme at IRB Barcelona.

The project

Although it is largely unknown by the general public, researchers have been working with the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) for over a hundred years as a means to model and study human disease. Would you like to find out how this is achieved? Do you want to discover what flies are used for and how to work with them? If so, join us! We will use this model to study the main mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases.