Software Development


CellBlender is being developed with support from the the NIGMS-funded Biomedical Technology and Research Resource for (BTRR) Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS).

CellBlender is an addon for Blender (2.6x-2.7x) to create computational cell biology models for use in MCell and potentially other cell simulation biophysics engines. In CellBlender 1.0.1 you can define molecules and reactions, create geometric objects, define named surface regions on the objects, assign properties to those regions, run an MCell simulation based off of the CellBlender project, create plots of said simulation, visualize an animation of the molecule trajectories, and render the results. MDL import currently only supports mesh data, but full support will be added in future versions of CellBlender.

One goal for CellBlender is to provide a comprehensive model building and visualization environment which completely encapsulates all of MCell's MDL language in GUI form such that the user need not ever edit an MDL file by hand (or even know that such files exist). CellBlender is already nearly feature complete with respect to MCell, but there may still be a few minor ones missing for now.

 
 
  • News and Events

    July 8, 2021: MCell4 & Cellblender Release

    A brand new release of MCell with CellBlender with many new improvements such as Python API, native BioNetGen lanuage support and integration with Blender 2.93 is available for download here.

    The 2021 Cell Modeling Workshop will be held as a virtual workshop on July 12th-16th, 2021.

    July 12-16, 2021: Cell Modeling Workshop

    The 2021 Cell Modeling Workshop will be held as a virtual workshop on July 12th-16th, 2021.

    June 22-26, 2020: Cell Modeling Workshop

    The 2020 Cell Modeling Workshop will be held as a virtual workshop on June 22nd-26th, 2020.