The Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (‘Instituto Nacional de Bioinformática’ in Spanish, INB) is composed of 19 computational biology groups that comprise a virtual institute. It started operating in 2003 and its more than 40 employees are funded by the National Health Institute Carlos III (ISCIII).

The INB serves in the coordination, integration and development of Spanish bioinformatics resources in projects in the areas of genomics, proteomics and translational medicine. It has contributed to the creation of a consistent computational infrastructure in the area of bioinformatics, participated in national and international genome projects, and trained bioinformatics users and developers.

The INB maintains a number of important and widely used core resources that cover fields such as functional genomics, transcriptomics, genotyping, genomic medicine, structural bioinformatics and molecular dynamics simulations. Furthermore a number of specialized tools and services are offered that complement this offering.

Over the coming years, activities in the following areas are planned:

  • High performance computing: computer resources accessible through BSC will yield ExaFlop scale performance that will be designed to support large strategic projects with a special focus on translational bioinformatics activities.
  • Co-management of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA): this infrastructure is co-lead and managed by the EBI and the INB providing an important model for collaboration within ELIXIR.
  • Training: the INB organizes national and international training courses that will be coordinated with ELIXIR actitities.
  • Text mining: the INB proposes to take a leading role in this area.
  • Transcriptomic data processing: the INB plans to provide tools and services to analyze NGS data in a fast and efficient manner and to port algorithms to HPC environments.
  • Standardizing the assessment of bioinformatics methods: the INB aims to become the reference ELIXIR center for the assessment of bioinformatics.
  • Integration of molecular dynamics simulation systems: the INB offers a range of tools for the analysis of molecular dynamics trajectories, protein structural flexibility, and large-scale conformational changes in proteins that will be integrated into a common platform.
  • Web and cloud services: the INB will contribute to the necessary upgrades in the technology and maintain stable Web Services in key areas.
  • Structural Bioinformatics: development of interactive user environments integrating structural information at various resolutions with biological annotations.

Head of Node

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Alfonso Valencia
(Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute, INB at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO))

Technical Coordinator

Josep Ll. Gelpi
Josep Ll. Gelpi
(Barcelona Supercomputer centre (BSC))

Training Coordinator

Eva Alloza
Eva Alloza
(Barcelona Supercomputer centre (BSC))

Node Coordinator

Salvador Capella-Gutierrez
Salvador Capella-Gutierrez
(Barcelona Supercomputer centre (BSC))


Instituto Nacional de Bioinformática


Participating institutes

Lead institute

Node institutes