Introduction to SWISS-MODEL Workspace

The SWISS-MODEL Workspace is a web-based integrated service dedicated to protein structure homology modelling. It assists and guides the user in building protein homology models at different levels of complexity.

Building a homology model comprises four main steps: identification of structural template(s), alignment of target sequence and template structure(s), model building, and model quality evaluation. These steps can be repeated until a satisfying modelling result is achieved. Each of the four steps requires specialized software and access to up-to-date protein sequence and structure databases.

Protein sequence and structure databases necessary for modelling are accessible from the workspace and are updated in regular intervals. Software tools for template selection, model building, and structure quality evaluation can be invoked from within the workspace.

A personal working environment (workspace), where several modelling projects can be carried out in parallel, is provided for each user.

  • Tutorial explaining how to use SWISS-MODEL Workspace
  • Quick Help Reference guide for SWISS-MODEL Workspace
  • Protocol Practical approaches for automated protein structure modeling with SWISS-MODEL Workspace.
  • References SWISS-MODEL Workspace Reference List
SWISS-MODEL is developed by the Protein Structure Bioinformatics group at the SIB - Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics & the Biozentrum University of Basel. © 2011.