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Tutorial Details: Introduction to Using Galaxy for Bioinformatics Analyses

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Location: 575 Walter
Instructor(s): Anne-Francoise Lamblin, University of Minnesota

Galaxy ( is a bioinformatics workflow framework that provides a Web interface to bioinformatics tools that are routinely used and accessed by command line. In addition, Galaxy also enables sharing of data and tools and analytical workflows between users. Within this framework, biologists can carry out a variety of computational analyses including meta-genomics, gene expression profiling (RNA-seq), selective re-sequencing (ChIP-seq), and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sequence data manipulations, without needing any programming skills. Statistical tools are also available through Galaxy. Initially developed at Pennsylvania State University, this international open source platform was adopted by the University of Minnesota as the informatics component of the Minnesota partnership HAITI (High throughput sequence Analysis Infrastructure Technology Investigation) project and implemented at MSI. Galaxy is poised to become a key informatics resource for University of Minnesota researchers. In this tutorial, participants will become familiar with the layout of Galaxy, the scope of the tools provided, getting data into and out of Galaxy, the execution of selected tasks, the creation and manipulation of workflows, the modification of histories and their attributes, the sharing of data, workflows and histories with other users, and visualizing genomic tracks of information. For more information about Galaxy, visit or view a Galaxy video tour at

Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of genomics