Seen on THE CELL


Confocal image of pastel neurons in the hippocampus of a “Brainbow” mouse brain, with each neuron expressing a distinct color. In Brainbow mice, neurons are randomly labeled with combinations of red, yellow, and cyan fluorescent proteins, so each glows a particular color. This provides a way to distinguish neighboring neurons and visualize brain circuits. This image ( is by Jean Livet and the 2007 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License

The Cell Image Library has now been accessed from its 221st country, Greenland. Don’t forget if you are looking for big data cellular images, check out the Data Sets tab at the Cell Image Library.

If you will be applying for a grant soon and your funder requires you to post all your data, we can help. We can handle big data: Our “Human U2OS cells—compound cell-painting experiment” ( contains over five million images.

Even if you do not have millions of images, we can help you with your Data Management Plan (DMP). Be sure to contact us before submitting your grant application so we can help with your DMP for your cellular images.

Looking to find cell images on the go? Don’t forget to download the free Cell Image Library  mobile app for iPhone and iPad.  Just visit the App Store and search for “Cell Library.”

The Cell Image Library ( is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells. Portions of the Cell Image Library were developed by ASCB under a Grand Opportunities grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and are now managed by the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research under a perpetual license from ASCB.

About the Author:

David Orloff is a Project Director for the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at UCSD working on the Cell Image Library project. The Cell: An Image Library™ is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of images, videos, and animations of cells, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.

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