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Tutorial Details: The Galaxy Bioinformatics Workbench and Its Application in Molecular Data Analysis

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 01:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Location: 419 University Square, UM Rochester
Instructor(s): Anne-Francoise Lamblin, University of Minnesota

Galaxy (; is a bioinformatics workflow framework designed to provide a web interface to bioinformatics tools that are routinely used though generally accessed by command line. The ease with which users can share data and results, review analytical logs and create analytical pipelines contributes to the user-friendliness of the Galaxy tool. 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 has 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

Access to requires an active MSI account.

Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of genomics