Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology

Mnemiopsis leidyi

The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, created in 1997, studies the basic biological processes in marine organisms using functional and comparative molecular methods. It is since 2003 a partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory  (EMBL).

Lionel Christiaen

A warm welcome to our new director

Read more about Lionel Christiaen who will lead the Sars Centre from January 2021


Nervous system in annelids: Pioneers join from both ends

Pioneer neurons provide new insights into the early nervous system development in annelids


Unraveling the evolution of gene repression

Phylogenetic analysis sheds light on the evolutionary history of Polycomb mediated transcriptional repression in animals

Cell Reports

A gene for "finishing" neural cells across the animal kingdom

Gene expression profiling and CRISPR mutagenesis in Nematostella vectensis reveal the role of POU4 in the terminal differentiation of various neural cell types


Saving the sea for Christmas

We donate the Christmas party funds to the annual Norwegian charity fund raising event, which this year supports WWFs work on tackling plastic pollution in the ocean!