The Zebrafish Model Organism Database

Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (HG004838, and HG004834) of the National Institutes of Health.


A group of us were appointed at the 1994 Cold Spring Harbor meeting on zebrafish genetics and development, to establish an on-line database of information for zebrafish researchers.


ZFIN serves as the zebrafish model organism database. The long term goals for ZFIN are a) to be the community database resource for the laboratory use of zebrafish, b) to develop and support integrated zebrafish genetic, genomic and developmental information, c) to maintain the definitive reference data sets of zebrafish research information, d) to link this information extensively to corresponding data in other model organism and human databases, e) to facilitate the use of zebrafish as a model for human biology and f) to serve the needs of the research community.

ZIRC is the Zebrafish International Resource Center, an independent NIH-funded facility providing a wide range of zebrafish lines, probes and health services. ZFIN works closely with ZIRC to connect our genetic data with available probes and fish lines.

Citing ZFIN:

We recommend the following formats for citing ZFIN in publications:

1. For a general reference to the database:

Bradford, Y., Conlin, T., Dunn, N., Fashena, D., Frazer, K., Howe, D.G., Knight, J., Mani, P., Martin, R., Moxon, S.A., Paddock, H., Pich, C., Ramachandran, S., Ruef, B.J., Ruzicka, L., Bauer Schaper, H., Schaper, K., Shao, X., Singer, A., Sprague, J., Sprunger, B., Van Slyke, C., and Westerfield, M. (2011) ZFIN: enhancements and updates to the zebrafish model organism database. Nucleic Acids Res.. 39(suppl 1):D822-D829

2. For citing a specific entry in ZFIN:

[Type of] data for this paper were retrieved from the Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5274; URL: http://zfin.org/; [the date you retrieved the data cited].

Research staff:

Monte Westerfield, P.I.; Doug Howe, data curation manager; and the rest of the ZFIN Database Team.

Advisory board:

Shawn Burgess, National Human Genome Research Center, National Institutes of Health; Jim Kadin, The Jackson Laboratory; Teresa Nicolson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Oregon Hearing and Research Center and Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University; Derek Stemple, Vertebrate Development and Genetics (Team 31) Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton