15 February 2021
Cancellation deadline:
15 February 2021
Amos Bairoch
Academic: 0 CHF
For-profit: 0 CHF

No future instance of this course is planned yet

The video of the lecture can be found in the SIB YouTube channel.


Cellosaurus is a cell line knowledge resource. It is a collection of all cell lines used in biomedical research, which includes immortalised, naturally immortal, finite life, vertebrate and invertebrate cell lines, among others. In this course, we will introduce you to the different data fields in Cellosaurus, their content and their usefulness, as well as the curation strategies we use to optimize the data acquisition and inclusion of accurate and up to date information. We will describe what you can actually do with the Cellosaurus on ExPASy (full text searches and STR similarity searches using CLASTR), the different formats that are currently available for download, and our future plans for content and tool developments.


This course is addressed to both biologists making use of cell lines in their research activities and bioinformaticians wanting to get the most out of the data in the Cellosaurus.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • describe the fields and content of Cellosaurus, and why they are so important for reproducible research
  • search for data that corresponds to your biological questions
  • download the Cellosaurus content and know what you can parse out of the different files that are available


Knowledge / competencies

This course does not require any previous knowledge.


This webinar will be streamed on Zoom, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection.


Attendance is free-of-charge, however registration is mandatory (see the Apply button below).

There is no limit on the number of participants. All registered participants will receive one day before, by email the information for remotely connecting to the online meeting room.

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed.

The course will start at 15:00 CET (09:00 EST) and end around 17:30 CET (11:30 EST). Precise information will be provided to participants in due time

Schedule (CET)

  • 15h00-15h15: Introduction: why the Cellosaurus? Scope Comparison to other resources
  • 15h15-16h00: Detailed description of the content of the Cellosaurus and of the annotation strategies
  • 16h00-16h15: Pause
  • 16h15-17h00: Searching in the Cellosaurus (text and STR profile), downloading it
  • 17h00-17h15: Future developments and conclusions
  • 17h15-17h30: Q&A

Additional information

Coordination: Patricia Palagi

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