Research Units (RU)


The Molecular, Structural and Cellular Microbiology Unit (MOSTMICRO-ITQB) is a Research Unit of ITQB NOVA, created in 2013.

It aims to advance fundamental knowledge of living organisms, with emphasis on important bacterial pathogens and technologically relevant microorganisms, towards improving human and environmental health.

MOSTMICRO-ITQB encompasses hundreds of researchers, from 34 independent labs, organised into 10 scientific groups, as well as an additional group for Science Communication, Funding, and Innovation. Its research revolves around three thematic lines: Understanding Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Processes, Anti-Infective Strategies Against Microbial Pathogens, and Microbial Factories for Health and Sustainability.


iNOVA4Health is a translational medicine programme organizing the efforts of biomedical researchers involved in i) biological understanding of disease, lead compounds and biopharmaceuticals pre-discovery, ii) technological scientists involved in preclinical development, and iii) clinicians involved in early clinical and first-in-man clinical trials from institutions within Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

This research unit is coordinated by iBET in a joint effort with three other partners – ITQB NOVA, CEDOC NMS and IPOLFG.

It comprises 17 research groups that focus on three thematic lines: Neurological and Vision Disorders, Cardio-Metabolic Disorders and Cancer.


BioResources 4 Sustainability Unit (GREEN-IT) is a research unit coordinated by ITQB NOVA, which also involves research groups from IGC, iBET INIAV and INSA.

Its mission is to develop or design more sustainable biological and synthetic systems with application in food, feed, energy, and the environment through the study of biological resources, ranging from complex systems like plants, bacteria, and fungi, down to the level of proteins and molecules.

GREEN-IT brings together researchers from five biosciences and biotechnology institutes, pursuing excellence in research, international cooperation, and education. This team includes over 120 members, including 58 PhD holders and 40 PhD students.


This is a research unit of Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência (of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian) dedicated to biological and biomedical research, placing science at the heart of society.

IGC fosters open science and discovery towards the benefit of humankind, aligned with the vision of the Gulbenkian Foundation of knowledge-based progress towards a sustainable planet.

This unit hosts 400 scientists from 41 different nationalities, which make up 30 different research groups, 10 facilities and 13 support services that develop their work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.