EGA Team. European Genome-Phenome Archive at the CRG


Arcadi Navarro (on leave)

Jordi Rambla

Angel Carreño, Oscar Martinez, Mario Alberich, Sabela de la Torre, Mauricio Moldes, Audald Lloret-Villas, Alfredo Gil (since January), Nino Spataro (since December)


The EGA is a service for permanent archiving and sharing of all types of personally identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects. The data at EGA was collected from individuals whose consent agreements authorize data release only for specific research use or to bona fide researchers. Strict protocols govern how information is managed, stored and distributed by the EGA project.

Since its launch, researchers from around the world have deposited and accessed data from more than 1000 studies in the EGA of various types. These studies vary from large-scale array-based genotyping experiments on thousands of samples in case-control designs or population based studies, to sequencing-based studies designed to understand changes in the genome, transcriptome or epigenome in both normal tissue and in various diseases such as cancer. As a result, the EGA has grown from about 50 TB to 3500 TB during the last five years.

Research Projects

  • Secure storage and distribution of human personal identifying data
  • Analysis of relationships between genomes and phenomes
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Driver project of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
  • ELIXIR Core Data Resource of fundamental importance to the life science community and the long-term preservation of biological data
  • Major player in EXCELERATE (HORIZON 2020) projects

Selected Publications

Santos LO, Belien J, Weistra W, Azevedo R, van Bochove K, Meijer G, Boiten JW, Rambla J, Fijneman R, Spalding JD, Abeln S.
“Systematically linking tranSMART, Galaxy and EGA for reusing human translational research data.”
F1000Res, 6. pii: ELIXIR-1488 (2017).