06 July 2022
Monique Zahn
SIB resources

Looking for information about a cell line, such as which species it was derived from, has it been misidentified, etc.? This asynchronous e-learning course can be completed online, at the desired pace and in the absence of an instructor.


Cellosaurus is a knowledge resource on cell lines. It attempts to describe all cell lines used in biomedical research. Cellosaurus is a SIB resource listed in Expasy, the Swiss Bioinformatics Portal.

In this e-learning course, you will learn what type of information on cell lines is found in the Cellosaurus, where it comes from and how it is organized. Several typical examples of uses of the Cellosaurus will provide ideas on how to use the Cellosaurus in your own research.


This e-learning course is addressed to anyone dealing with cell lines with no or little knowledge of the Cellosaurus resource.


At the end of the e-learning course, participants should be able to:

  • Find information about cell lines
  • Use or interpret information about cell lines

Learning outcomes

At the end of the e-learning course, participants are expected to:

  • Access the Cellosaurus website
  • Explain what Cellosaurus is
  • Describe the scope and sources of information of the Cellosaurus
  • Provide examples of what the Cellosaurus can be used for


Knowledge / competencies

Basic knowledge of biology and proteins is required for this e-learning course. No particular bioinformatics competencies are required.



Time required

1 hour


  1. Open the module in a browser tab. As the resource is constantly evolving, some of the images may not correspond to the current web site.
  2. Open a separate browser tab to carry out the exercises and be able to answer the quizzes.
  3. If you leave a module before the end, your score will be reset to 0.

MODULE 1 - Discover the Cellosaurus

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