A guided tour through Cellosaurus - streamed - now on YouTube

Date 14 February 2022
Speaker(s) Amos Bairoch
Cancellation deadline 10 Feb 2022
City Streamed from Geneva

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 used 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 biologists, bioinformaticians, programmers and data scientists working with cell lines and 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, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection.


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

There is no limit on the number of participants.

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed using Zoom.

The course will start at 15:00 CET (09:00 EST) and end around 17:30 CET (11:30 EST).

All registered participants will receive by email the information for remotely connecting to the online meeting room one working day before the course.

Schedule (CET)

  • 15h00-15h15: Introduction: why the Cellosaurus? Scope and comparison to other resources
  • 15h15-16h00: Detailed description of the content of the Cellosaurus and of the annotation strategies
  • 16h00-16h15: Break
  • 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: Monique Zahn, SIB Training group.

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