The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was founded in 1960 and is the main institution in Bulgaria for carrying out research and training in the field of molecular biology and biochemistry. IMB occupies 3500 m2 in a five-story building in the campus of BAS located at the south-eastern part of Sofia. IMB numbers 103 staff members. The senior staff of IMB includes 9 full professors (two of them are full members and two are correspondent members of BAS) and 10 associate professors. The average age of the IMB research staff is below 35.
IMB produces 40-50 high quality scientific papers per year published in peer reviewed journals in the fields of molecular biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and bio-organic chemistry.
Besides research, IMB is licensed to carry out education of Ph.D. students in three disciplines: Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics and Bioorganic Chemistry. Under the PhD program of IMB about 10 students are educated annually. The Institute has traditional bilateral co-operation with several Bulgarian universities for training undergraduate and graduate (MS) students in molecular biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and bio-organic chemistry.
IMB collaborates and runs joint research projects with many universities and research institutes in Europe, Canada and the USA.