Using ZFIN: Data Types, Organization, and Retrieval

  • Ceri E. Van SlykeEmail author
  • Yvonne M. Bradford
  • Douglas G. Howe
  • David S. Fashena
  • Sridhar Ramachandran
  • Leyla Ruzicka
  • ZFIN Staff*
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1757)


The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN; was established in 1994 as the primary genetic and genomic resource for the zebrafish research community. Some of the earliest records in ZFIN were for people and laboratories. Since that time, services and data types provided by ZFIN have grown considerably. Today, ZFIN provides the official nomenclature for zebrafish genes, mutants, and transgenics and curates many data types including gene expression, phenotypes, Gene Ontology, models of human disease, orthology, knockdown reagents, transgenic constructs, and antibodies. Ontologies are used throughout ZFIN to structure these expertly curated data. An integrated genome browser provides genomic context for genes, transgenics, mutants, and knockdown reagents. ZFIN also supports a community wiki where the research community can post new antibody records and research protocols. Data in ZFIN are accessible via web pages, download files, and the ZebrafishMine (, an installation of the InterMine data warehousing software. Searching for data at ZFIN utilizes both parameterized search forms and a single box search for searching or browsing data quickly. This chapter aims to describe the primary ZFIN data and services, and provide insight into how to use and interpret ZFIN searches, data, and web pages.

Key words

ZFIN Zebrafish Information Network Danio rerio Database Genetics Genomics 



The ZFIN staff who build, maintain, and add data to ZFIN: Ken Frazer, Holly Paddock, Amy Singer, Sabrina Toro, Patrick Kalita, Prita Mani, Ryan Martin, Sierra Moxon, Christian Pich, Kevin Schapher, Xiang Shao, Ruben Lancaster, Anne Eagle, Jonathan Knight; who helped format the figures for this publication. Funding provided to Monte Westerfield, ZFIN’s Principal Investigator by National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health [HG002659].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ceri E. Van Slyke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yvonne M. Bradford
    • 1
  • Douglas G. Howe
    • 1
  • David S. Fashena
    • 1
  • Sridhar Ramachandran
    • 1
  • Leyla Ruzicka
    • 1
  • ZFIN Staff*
  1. 1.The Zebrafish Information NetworkUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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