Galaxy Release Event

Galaxy: An integrated computational environment for life sciences research

Release event to the University of Minnesota community on February 16, 2011

As computation and bioinformatics continue to play an increasingly essential role in life sciences, researchers are faced with the demands and challenges of becoming proficient with computationally intensive data processing, analytical methods, tools, and data resources. Though this can be eased by support groups providing analytical expertise, such solutions cannot scale to meet increasing volume demands. A key challenge in bioinformatics is the development of analytical resources and tools that make informatics resources intuitive and easy to use.

With the support of a Minnesota Partnership Grant, an interdisciplinary team at the University of Minnesota has been actively implementing Galaxy a framework developed at Penn State and adopted for use at the University of Minnesota, as part of its core life sciences cyberinfrastructure. Galaxy benefits from a thriving, growing community of adopters and developers, and its development and enhancement is community-driven. The Galaxy informatics tool will provide the University’s researchers with the necessary integrated environment to access data, run analytical workflows or pipelines, and share information. Urgent needs in genomics research, and more specifically Next Generation Sequencing data analysis and data management, is the initial focus of our installation.

On February 16, 2011 we will be opening Galaxy for general access by University researchers. To mark this event Dr. James Taylor from Emory University, a member of the original Galaxy team, will give two workshop presentations on Galaxy and its applications in genomics research. Q&A sessions will also be scheduled. Please join us for this exciting event and learn about this powerful and easy to use tool. The Galaxy Team Please see below for agenda and schedule


The Galaxy project for the life sciences at the University of Minnesota was supported through a grant from the Minnesota Partnership. The Galaxy adoption team was composed of members from the BioMedical Genomics Center (BMGC), the University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Informatics (UMII-OVPR), the Masonic Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Division and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research (MSI).


Release Event for Galaxy Project



When: Wednesday February 16, 2011
Where: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, Walter Library Room 402
POC: Anne Lamblin,


8:15 am: Coffee&Muffins
8:45 am:
  • Introductory remarks
  • Anne-Françoise Lamblin, Ph.D.
  • University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Informatics Coordinator,
  • (UMN) Galaxy project informatics lead
9:00 am:
  • The Galaxy analytical framework
  • James Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Department of Computer Sciences,
  • Emory University
10:15 am: Q&A session
10:30am -10:45am: Break
10:45 am:
  • Application of Galaxy in genomics research
  • James Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Department of Computer Sciences
  • Emory University
12:00 pm: Q&A session
12:30 pm: Lunch break
1:15 pm: Q&A session
2:00 pm: Adjourn

If you would like to meet individually with Dr. Taylor, please contact Anne Lamblin at