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Professor Imre Berger

Professor Imre Berger

Professor Imre Berger
MSc (Hannover, Germany), PhD (Cambridge, USA and Hannover, Germany), HDR (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Professor of Biochemistry

Office B FLOOR
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TD
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+44 (0) 117 39 41857



Imre Berger was trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist at Leibniz University and Medical School (MHH) in Hannover (Germany), at MIT (Cambridge, USA), and at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). His team develops enabling methods for researching large multiprotein complexes and investigates their structure and mechanisms in human health and disease.

In 2007, Berger became Group Leader and Principal Investigator for eukaryotic complexes at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). In 2014, he was appointed Full Professor at the School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol, UK. Since 2017 he is Director of the BBSRC/EPSRC research centre for synthetic biology at Bristol, BrisSynBio and Co-director of the Bristol Biodesign Institute BBI.

Imre Berger has developed the MultiBac, ACEMBL and ComplexLink systems for DNA delivery and multiprotein research. These are in use in some of the best laboratories world-wide. He holds international patents for DNA and protein technologies, co-founded three companies and received numerous distinctions, including the Swiss Technology Award, the W.A. DeVigier Foundation Award and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for his innovative research.

Prof. Berger has participated in leading roles in numerous European Commission (EC) projects, including INSTRUCT, the pan-European infrastructure for structural biology. Berger has been Coordinator of the EC FP7 HEALTH ComplexINC project for enhancing production tools for next-generation complex biologics in academic and industrial R&D  (2011-2016). He is partner in the EPSRC funded Future Vaccine Manufacturing hub.  


Protein Assemblies and Molecular Machines

Research and Communication Skills


  • Multiprotein complexes
  • Eukaryotic gene regulation
  • Transcription
  • Molecular biology
  • Structural biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Synthetic biology
  • Enabling tools (MultiBac ACEMBL ComplexLink)



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