The general aim of this part of our activities is to provide ontologies tailored to the needs of the Cytewalk and Gene Expression Analysis Pipeline projects, respectively.

As a first task we are reorganizing and extending the existing CYTOMER ontology of cells, structures, and organs of the human organism. In order to enhance its usability as a conceptual backbone for modeling and database integration efforts under development in our group, we are refining and completing several conceptual hierarchies from an ontological point of view.

It is envisaged that the enhanced CYTOMER ontology can serve as a vantage point from which to evolve the Cytewalk ontology and the ontologies adapted to the Gene Expression Analysis pipeline.