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.