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Are you interested in basic #molecularbiology #research in #Europe, but lacking insights on the top institutes with a twitter presence? Search no more – this thread features a selection of Europe’s leading molecular biology hubs to follow. 👩‍🔬👨🏿‍🔬👩🏼‍🔬
The ‘mother of molecular biology institutes’ first, the #MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (usually called ‘The LMB’) in #Cambridge. Dubbed the #NobelPrize Factory, I consider it a ‘must-follow’ for any biologist on twitter. | @MRC_LMB
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory in #Heidelberg is associated with #EMBO. Alongside the LMB, ‘EMBL’ is the flagship of molecular biology research in Europe – and expanding, with branches in #Hinxton, #Monterotondo, #Grenoble, #Hamburg and #Barcelona. | @EMBL
The new kid on the block – albeit built on venerable foundations with long tradition – is the Francis Crick Institute in #London. Headed by Sir Paul Nurse, ‘The Crick’ is aligned to change the research landscape in Europe for generations of scientists. | @TheCrick
The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in #Dresden, #Germany is relatively new and equipped with a bustling, pioneering spirit. Plenty of great research at the institute and its neighbours. | @mpicbg, @csbdresden, @CRTDpress
#Martinsried near Munich has been a hot-spot for life sciences since the 1970ies. Stimulated not last by two of #Germany’s leading universities (LMU & TU Munich), the Max Planck Institutes of Neurobiology and Biochemistry make the core of the campus. | @MPI_Biochem, @mpiNeuro
Mainly funded by pharma company #Novartis, the Friedrich Miescher Institute in #Basel, #Switzerland is among Europe’s crown jewels of biomedical research since the 1970ies. ‘The FMI’ is rather new on twitter – and already another ‘must follow’. | @FMIscience
The #WellcomeTrust’s Sanger Institute in #Hinxton (UK)is a child of the 1990ies and best known for its pivotal contributions to the #HumanGenomeProject. Today a global lighthouse for #sequencing and #bioinformatics-related work. | @sangerinstitute
The Gurdon Institute has been a hot-spot of global importance for #developmentalbiology and #cancer research for over 30 years. Associated with the University of #Cambridge and funded mainly by #WellcomeTrust and #CRUK. | @GurdonInstitute
Grouping 3 players with slightly more clinical ties than the other ones in this thread: Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in #Berlin, the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum in #Heidelberg, & #Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet. | @MDC_Berlin, @DKFZ, @karolinskainst
The Center for Genomic Regulation as helped to put #Barcelona on the map of molecular biology research – with close links to a dynamic mix of other local institutes, unis & biotech companies, and even closer links to the city’s beach. | @CRGenomica, @the_prbb
Funded mainly through a foundation, the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia in #Oeiras is #Portugal’s anchor in international life science research. | @IGCiencia
Last but not least, my very own employer, the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in #Vienna, has been a real flagship institute since the late 1980ies. Then a pioneer in Central Europe, the city now sports other top-institutions… | @IMPVienna
...in particular at the #ViennaBioCenter: Institute of Molecular Biotechnology & Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology; beyond the campus Center for Molecular Medicine, & Institute of Science and Technology Austria. | @IMBA_Vienna, @gmivienna, @CeMM_News, @ISTAustria
This thread features a personal selection, and is inevitably incomplete. I favoured institutions committed to curiosity-driven rather than applied research & ignored universities. MPIs had to be limited (too many), & I ignored institutes that tweet in national languages.
Note that recent years saw strong efforts made in various European countries to either boost excellence in existing institutes or establish new ones. Examples include @FIMM_UH, @CEITEC_Brno, @VIBLifeSciences, @CNIO_Cancer, @UCPH_BRIC, @_Hubrecht.
Thank you to all the people working hard at each of these institutes! 👍 Happy to see other institutes added here 👇
Additions: @biozentrum and @NKI_nl.
Another addition: @IRBBarcelona
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