news & Updates


Semantic Body Browser v1.5

September 8th, 2014

Semantic Body Browser updated to version 1.5


Semantic Body Browser updated

December 20th, 2013

The Semantic Body Browser ( has been updated to version 1.3.

This update features two new organs: liver and gall bladder. Apart from that lots of bugs have been fixed and internal code improved.

More details can be found at


Version 1.2 updated again

October 17th, 2013

We are proud to announce that we released version 1.2 today. This version brings an completely new and improved version of the developmental tree, a reworked version of the compare-tool, an updated and extended ontology and more gene/protein expression data and images.

  • Update: Developmental Tree has been completely redesigned to increase the usability and it includes more developmental information
  • The Compare-Tool has been redesigned
  • Data update: The database now holds
    • 204.741 terms
    • 5.276.442 relations
    • 3035 pictures
    • 17,833,495 expressions for 535 cells/tissues
  • The publication list has been updated


Version 1.1 updated

July 1st, 2013

We are proud to announce that we released version 1.1 today. This version brings some major new featues, an updated and extended ontology and more gene/protein expression data and images.

  • Added: new deveopmental tree in the cell details view
  • Added: download of gene expression data as tabular data
  • Update: Developmental tree
  • Data import: the database now holds 196.777 Terms and 5.276.442 Relations, 2.983 Pictures and 17.833.495 expressions for 535 cells/tissues


Version 1.0 released

May 22nd, 2013

We proudly present version 1.0 of CellFinder.

This release adds a lot of new data and fixes several minor bugs.

Have fun searching and browsing cells in complex organisms with CellFinder!


Beta 3 arrived

March 4th, 2013

We are happy to announce that the third beta version is online. This version does basically bring a lot of minor changes and optimizations under the hood.

  • Added: Browser check. User will be redirected to a page if a desktop browser has not been tested explicitly.
  • Added: New filter option. User can now explicitly show or exclude terms with a specific type/species.
  • Update: Reimplemented search functionality. 2x faster and no memory problems anymore.
  • Update: Super/Sub class list is now limited to 10 entries. More entries will be shown on request.
  • Update: Removed developmental tree from term page as it is a duplication.
  • Update: Added EntrezGeneID on gene page as well as a link to NCBI.
  • Fix: Relation tree tab is now disabled if no relations are available.
  • Fix: Visual bug when screen was too small. CellFinder can be used from 800x600 onwards now.
  • Fix: Bug when accessing multiple IDs.
  • General: Clean up of unused code

Have fun browsing.


We are hiring

February 4th, 2013

We are currently looking for a student research assistent (web developer) for the hESCreg project.
For details please see the PDFs of the job description below:

Please send your application to Dr. rer. nat. Harald Stachelscheid whom details you find on the job description.


Happy New Year with Updates

January 11th, 2013

We wish everybody a Happy New Year.

As kind of a late christmas present we updated the CELDA ontology and fully integrated the Semantic Body Browser.

  • CELDA manual curration and corrcect species
  • Combining ontological terms for the ease of browsing
  • Full integration of the Semantic Body Browser: All benefits from the project page finally work in cellfinder as well


Beta version 2 online

November 14th, 2012

The second beta version of CellFinder is online. The new release include numerous improvements: - Gene search - Included EFO - Data inheritance of classes - Unified search bar And much more. Have fun!


Beta arrived

June 28th, 2012

Today we are proud to announce that the beta version of CellFinder has arrived. The biggest changes are:

  • New search algorithm
  • Much more data
  • Developmental tree
  • a lot more smaller changes
Please feel free to post feedback and have fun browsing CellFinder.


Alpha 2 is online

March 26th, 2012

I am pleased to announce that the second alpha version is alive. The basic search and most of the systems features are running. For compatability information please visit the compatability list.