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Head of Core Facilities: Mònica Morales

Mònica Morales, PhD
Head of Core Facilities
CRG-Centre for Genomic Regulation
Room 439.01
Tel. +34 93 316 03 73
Short CV
  • 2002 PhD in Biochemistry, Universitat de Barcelona
  • 2002-2007 Postdoctoral at the Molecular Biology Department, Sloan-Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York
  • 2007-2012 Research associate at the Oncology Department, IRB Barcelona
  • 2012-2013 Project manager for Core Facilities at CRG
  • Since 2013 Head of Core Facilities at CRG


The Core Facilities and Internal Scientific Services constitute the centralized scientific research infrastructure at CRG and allow research scientists shared access to sophisticated and expensive technologies that would be hard or impossible for the Institute to provide to each research group independently. Besides the platforms available in house, additional technologies can be accessed at partner institutes of the core facilities excellence alliance Core for Life ( Moreover, the CRG recently launched BioCores @ BCN (, a directory of the core facilities, technological platforms, and scientific services currently to be found in the Barcelona area. It is a tool for finding a wide range of cutting-edge and state of the art scientific services, techniques and equipment, to support both biomedical and life sciences research and the scientific community.

While CRG Internal Scientific Services are accessible only to CRG researchers, CRG Core Facilities are open to all researchers at the PRBB and also to external users anywhere in the world. They are meant to be a meeting point for scientists from different institutes and disciplines, to foster exchange and integration of expertise, and to create and conduct interdisciplinary projects. Additionally, the Core Facilities are central to the teaching infrastructure of the Institute. They organize courses and trainings for scientists in order to make them familiar with the technologies. 

The Core Facilities and Internal Scientific Services have been established to:

  •     Provide cost effective centralisation of technologies and equipment
  •     Provide access to sophisticated technologies that would otherwise not be available to individual research groups
  •     “Free-up” research groups from the burden of time consuming established technologies
  •     Continuously explore new and emerging technologies including the accurate interpretation and representation of data
  •     Achieve higher usage through sharing of sophisticated and expensive instruments
Core Facilities and Internal Scientific Services offer:
  •     State-of-the-art technologies
  •     Quality standards and quality control
  •     Expertise, advice, training, reagents and protocols
  •     Repository of expertise and know-how
  •     Highly qualified personnel in the application of key technologies
  •     Centralised equipment for researcher use
CRG Core Facilities operate according to the following principles:
  •     Each Unit is headed by a Unit Leader and supervised by a User Advisory Committee.
  •     Each Core Facility has a budget for technology development in collaboration with CRG Research Groups.
  •     CRG Core Facilities operate according to full cost accounting principles. Costs of services are recharged to the users.
  •     CRG Core Facilities are open to external users.
For further information, please contact Mònica Morales or call +34 93 316 03 73