About Us

The Ensembl project was started in 1999, with the aim of providing automated annotation of the human genome and making this publicly available via the web. Many more genomes have since been added to Ensembl and the range of available data has also expanded to include comparative genomics, variation and regulatory data.

The project consist of 8 teams, totalling around 40 to 50 people:


  • Genebuild – creates the gene sets for the various species
  • Core software – maintain the core API
  • Compara – produce comparative data and its associated API
  • Variation – produce variation data and API
  • Regulation – create the regulatory build and the funcgen API
  • Web team – maintain and develop the Ensembl websites
  • Production – manage the Ensembl release cycle and the Ensembl BioMart
  • Outreach – run the helpdesk and workshops

More information can be found on our main website, www.ensembl.org.

Ensembl is a joint project between European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), a part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI). Both institutes are located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, south of the city of Cambridge, United Kingdom