Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, founded in December 2000 whose mission is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the groundbreaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases. Research at the CRG falls into four main areas: gene regulation, stem cells and cancer; cell and developmental biology; bioinformatics and genomics; and systems biology.

Since July 2015, the National Centre for Genomic Analysis (CNAG-CRG) is part of the institute. Its mission is to carry out projects in DNA sequencing and analysis in collaboration with researchers from Catalonia, Spain and from the international research community in order to ensure the competitiveness of our country in the strategic area of genomics. Its sequencing unit manages a large park of last-generation sequencing systems, which positions the CNAG-CRG as one of the top European centres in terms of sequencing capacity. Its bioinformatics team together with an outstanding computing infrastructure (7.6 petabyte of data storage and 3472 cores of computing) places this technological platform as a centre of excellence in data analysis.

Overall, with nearly 450 scientists from 43 countries, the CRG excellence is based on an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team that is supported by high-end and innovative technologies. Over 250 publications in high quality journals are published every year, and researchers are also active in facilitating the transfer of new basic findings into benefits for health and economic value for society.


  1. To be a world leading centre in biomedical science, by providing our scientists with a stimulating environment, cutting edge technologies and the freedom to conduct the most innovative research.
  2. To communicate and establish a bilateral dialogue with society, by educating the public and being receptive to their needs.
  3. To provide multi- and inter-disciplinary training for the next generation of scientists as well as supporting science education.
  4. To translate new scientific knowledge into benefits for health and value for society.


  • Excellence
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Scientific independence
  • Integrity, ethics and social responsibility
  • Equal opportunities
  • Sustainability and transparency

Key Facts of CRG

83% were 1st Quartile publications, and the average impact factor was 8.9 (2016)
Ongoing ERC Grants (2016)
Percentage of Research Staff from abroad (2016)
All former Junior PIs hold senior positions in academia (2016)

The Severo Ochoa Programme enabled the CRG to tackle basic questions in biomedicine and to consolidate and boost our international leadership and competitiveness by attracting talent and training the next generation of scientists. It also gave us the opportunity to promote technology transfer, and work on and improve several principles of open science such as gender balance, public engagement and open access, among others.

Luis Serrano Pubul

Luis Serrano Pubul

Director at CRG