CIC bioGUNE Bilbao | Funding | Research in Biosciences

CIC bioGUNE is a key research center within the national and international scientific landscape and has emerged as a knowledge source in the area of health science.
The cutting-edge scientific activity of CIC bioGUNE researchers explores the interface between Chemistry and Biomedicine, with emphasis on Structural, Molecular and Cell Biology. Two research programmes - "Molecular Recognition and Host-Pathogen Interactions" and "Metabolism and Cell Signaling in Disease" – are made up of more than a hundred scientists and technicians who concentrate on the molecular bases and mechanisms of disease to create new diagnostic methods and promote development of advanced therapies.

Located in the Science and Technology Park of Bizkaia (Derio), the activity of CIC bioGUNE includes generation of both fundamental and oriented knowledge (publications, patents, lectures in institutions and congresses), training of research talent, and collaboration-building with local, national and international institutions. The center always places their technical advances, infrastructure, and scientific personnel at the service of society, health and business networks, and the global scientific community.
CIC bioGUNE has modern scientific infrastructures, led by prestigious scientists, which allow it to compete with the main European research institutes. These include advanced equipment for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, as well as different core technology platforms where genomes, proteomes and metabolomes can be analyzed.

José M Mato

General Director

CIC bioGUNE and CIC biomaGUNE


José Mato is founder and General Director of the Centers bioGUNE (Bilbao) and biomaGUNE (San Sebastián), and Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain. A graduate in Biochemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid, Professor Mato received a PhD degree from Leiden University and was awarded the CJ Kok prize for his thesis. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the National Institutes of Health, and a faculty

member at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation in Madrid before been named Research Professor at the CSIC. He has been Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra and Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University. From 1992 to 1996 Professor Mato was President of the CSIC and in 2004 was awarded the Spanish National Research Prize in Medicine.

Jesús Jiménez-Barbero

Scientific Director



Jesús Jiménez-Barbero is Ikerbasque Research Professor since November 2014.
Before moving to CIC bioGUNE, he held a Research Professor position at CIB-CSIC since 2002, serving as Head of the Dept. of Chemical and Physical Biology (2009-2014). Earlier in his career he worked at CERMAV-CNRS, Grenoble, France, 1986 (Predoctoral); Dept.of Chemistry, University of Zurich (Switzerland), 1987 (Postdoctoral); National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill (UK) 1988

(Postdoctoral); and Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, USA; 1990-1992 (Postdoctoral and visiting). He has also held Visiting Professorships at École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2004), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, (2009), and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (2010-2012). He has been the recipient Janssen-Cilag Award in Organic Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (2003), the Bruker Award of the NMR Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (2008), the International Whistler Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry from the International Carbohydrate Organization (2010), the Gamboa-Winkler Award from the Chemical Society of Hungary (2017) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain (2018).