James Sharpe

James Sharpe
Head of EMBL Barcelona

Scientists at EMBL Barcelona will explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease.

Alongside cutting-edge research, the site will house state-of-the-art imaging facilities, enabling scientists worldwide to access microscopy and modelling technologies specifically designed for studying tissues.

Researchers in the Unit will be investigating questions like:

  • How do molecular and genetic networks ultimately build, regulate and control tissues and organs?
  • How do changes in genes percolate through cells, tissues and organs to result in disease?

This new site is being established in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) , one of the largest infrastructures in Southern Europe dedicated to translational research. In this highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and international environment, EMBL researchers will benefit from a partnership with the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and opportunities for collaboration with other pioneering research institutes, both on campus and in the region. Perched on the Barcelona seafront, and within walking distance of the city’s iconic architecture, the site is bathed in the energy of this bustling, creative metropolis.

Overview on Research at EMBL Barcelona

Bernabeu Group In vitro 3D blood-brain barrier model and cerebral malaria
Ebisuya Group Synthetic developmental biology: gene circuit and organoid zoo
Haase Group Engineering vascularised tissue-specific disease models
Sharpe Group Multicellular systems biology
Trivedi Group Self-organization in multi-cellular systems