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PSB Partners (EMBL, ESRF, IBS & ILL)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an intergovernmental organisation for life science research involving 28 Members states. international organisation with the mission to conduct basic research in molecular biology, to provide essential services to scientists in its 21 Member States, to provide high-level training to its staff, students and visitors, and to develop new instrumentation for biological research.

EMBL Grenoble staff collaborates with the ESRF in building and operating state-of-the-art X-ray beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and small-angle scattering, developing the associated instrumentation and techniques, and providing expert help to visitors.


European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)


The ESRF – the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is the world’s most intense X-ray source and a centre of excellence for fundamental and innovation driven research in condensed and living matter science. The ESRF owes its success thanks to the international cooperation of 21 partner nations, of which 13 are Members and 8 are Scientific Associates.

The ESRF’s mission is to operate, maintain and develop a synchrotron radiation source and associated instrumentation. The ESRF science programme, one of most recognised in the world, is strengthened, in the frame of the PSB, with the creation of a state-of-the-art automated beamline for crystallography to enable the long-term programme to be pursued.

Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS)

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The Institute de Biologie Structurale (IBS) is a research center, housing a total of approximately 300 people, and supported under a joint agreement between three major French scientific research organisations, the CEA, the CNRS and the University Grenoble Alpes.

The Institute possesses cutting edge facilities for structural biology. Within the PSB, the IBS is a remarkable resource center for crystallography, NMR, mass spectrometry, cryo-electron microscopy and analytical ultracentrifugation. 

Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

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The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France. At the leading edge of neutron science and technology, it operates one of the most intense neutron sources in the world. The ILL has contributed to important advances in the life sciences through the use of a wide range of innovative instruments. In the context of the PSB and in collaboration with the EMBL and IBS, the ILL has set up a laboratory for the deuteration of biological macromolecules, to fully exploit the advantages of neutron scattering in life sciences.


Integrated Structural Biology Grenoble


Integrated Structural Biology Grenoble (ISBG) provides both services and technician-supported access to some of the highest level protein characterisation and structural biology instrumentation in France. We are open to academic and industrial partners in different ways, ranging from simple services to complex research projects (collaborations).
User access is simple – clearly defined tariffs with contract support via the CNRS. For research activities involving participation of our teams or platforms (e.g. training, hosting, collaboration), academic users pay only consumables and instrument running costs. Full service mode for academia and industry is possible and priced on a full cost basis in accordance with French regulations.

Scientific Clubs

In recent years, the PSB has launched, together with other Grenoble partner institutes, two new scientific clubs, the Grenoble Host-Pathogen Interactions Club, and the Grenoble Drug Design and Discovery Club. 

The purpose of these clubs is to bring together researchers and to structure a community within the wider Grenoble area, to highlight ground-breaking new research on the local scene, to give younger scientists a platform for presenting their work, and to promote networking and spark new collaborations.

Grenoble Host-Pathogen Interactions Club

Grenoble Host-Pathogen Interactions Club

The Grenoble area boasts a growing and vibrant research community striving to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie infectious disease and the host’s defences against them. Major advances are also enabled by scientists in related disciplines whose work has a direct or indirect impact on our understanding of host-pathogen interactions.

The Grenoble Host-Pathogen Interactions Club (https://hostpathogen.fr) gathers the PSB with several institutes linked with the University Hospital. The club was launched in December 2020 through a virtual kick-off meeting on COVID-19

Grenoble Drug Design and Discovery Club

Grenoble Drug Discovery Club

The Grenoble Drug Design and Discovery Club (https://grenobledrugdiscovery.fr) has been created to connect scientists with an interest in translational biology, drug discovery and innovative therapeutic development. It gathers the PSB Partners together with several chemistry departments on the University campus, institutes on the University Hospital campus, and platforms and facilities as well as companies relevant for drug discovery and innovative therapeutic development. The club was launched in May 2021

Grenoble Epigenetics Club

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For the last 10 years, the Grenoble scientific community has been demonstrating a growing interest in the field of chromatin, transcription, epigenetics and RNA biology. This Club has been initiated to facilitate interactions, and aims to spark off new collaborative projects in the Grenoble area (https://epigenetics.fr/)

Grenoble Cryo-EM Club

The Grenoble Cryo-EM Club (https://cryoem.fr/) connect the local research community with an interest in all aspects of cryo-electron microscopy, from sample preparation to data analysis and beyond. The club aims to convene on a quarterly basis, welcoming all members of the research community from the Grenoble area, including students, post-docs, scientists, and principal investigators from various institutions on the EPN campus, CEA, IAB, GIN, and the University of Grenoble Alpes. The meetings are intended to serve as a dynamic forum for dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and the sharing of best practices.