Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts (MEFs) grown on glass coverslips coated with 10 ug/ml Fibronectin. CIL:7439 Image by Ana M. Pasapera and Clare M. Waterman


The Cell: An Image Library™ now has over 4,350 research quality cellular images, videos, and animations, and welcomes submissions and feedback. The open access Library* is supported by a Grand Opportunities grant Award Number RC2GM092708 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was launched December 2010 by the American Society for Cell Biology. It features expert annotation and will showcase the most illustrative images with a new top ten feature.

The new repository of microscopy data gives researchers the opportunity to archive their data for their own use, as well as make that information available to other researchers. Ever wondered what to do with the images that guided your discovery but were not in the published paper? Now you can archive them in The Cell for your own future use and that of others. The U.S. National Science Foundation even requires that grantees have data management plans to provide open access to images, etc.

Please visit the site to find images of interest and submit images to develop the collection. Using the Library in your teaching or training? Please let us know.

For additional comments or questions, please contact David Orloff (, Manager, Image Library.

*The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIGMS, NIH, or ASCB.