The Bioinformaticians’ Shed

Welcome to The Bioinformaticians’ Shed – a fortnightly meetup for local researchers and students to share and demonstrate current bioinformatics approaches/tools. Convenors Tom Harrop and Steven Morgan are keen to welcome you all to this (currently online) series, which was launched in August 2021.

We’re connecting a community of people doing bioinformatics across the Parkville precinct, helping us all to keep up with common tools, issues and new approaches. These meetups are perfect for lone bioinformaticians based in wet-labs and those working in bioinformatics groups and cores – we all have something to learn from each other in this fast-paced environment.

At each meetup we’ll have a 20 minute talk on a new tool, analysis technique, or process, followed by a discussion. Meetings will be deliberately informal. On Zoom for now, we may move to combined in-house/zoom hybrid meetings once covid restrictions ease.

The Bioinformaticians’ Shed has finished for 2022.
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The Shed Schedule

DateSpeakerTopicMore information
05/08/2021Gayle Philip (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Good practices: data and metadata to facilitate analysesSlides
19/08/2021Chol-Hee Jung (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Data quality – Know what you haveSlides
02/09/2021Jessica Chung (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Reproducible research principles of data analysisSlides
16/09/2021Bobbie Shaban (MDAP)Introduction to workflow managersSlides
30/09/2021Sean Crosby (Research Computing Services)HPC options for your data analysisSlides

Helpful links from Sean’s talk:
HPC Dashboard
Cloud Dashboard
Orion Researcher Desktop
RCS Storage
RCS Training

Email Sean at to discuss your computational needs
14/10/2021Dave Clarke, CSIRO/University of Melbourne, MSc (Bioinformatics)Finding Genes with Hidden Markov Models: How? Does it Work?Slides
28/10/2021Bernie Pope (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Hatch, a plotting librarySlides
11/11/2021Tom Harrop (Melbourne Bioinformatics)A short practical intro to Singularity containersSlides
25/11/2021Jacqueline Heighway (Florey Institute)Accessing publicly available RNA-seq data to support your researchSlides
09/12/2021Gareth Price (Galaxy Australia)New high memory nodes now available to all Galaxy Australia users
17/03/2022Simon Gladman (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Galaxy Australia
31/03/2022Craig Morton (Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Bio21)'Alphafold2: What’s in it for me?'Slides
14/04/2022Stephanie Portelli (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne)Analysing missense mutations using structural bioinformatics techniquesSlides
28/04/2022Quentin Gouil (WEHI)Long-read sequencing: principles, methods and applicationsSlides
12/05/2022Torsten Seemann (Peter Doherty Institute)Manipulating tabular data on the command line with csvtkSlides
26/05/2022Steven Morgan (Melbourne Bioinformatics)BLAST – why it’s still relevant
23/06/2022Priyanka Pillai (MDAP)Case studies in health informatics
07/07/2022Ramyar Molania (WEHI)Batch effects in RNA-seq data
21/07/2022Ash Porter (Doherty Institute)The power of epidemiological metadata in phylogeography models
18/08/2022Stefano Mangiola (WEHI)Tidy transcriptomics for single-cell and bulk RNA-seq
15/09/2022Cameron Hyde (QCIF/Galaxy Australia)Using AlphaFold2 on Galaxy
13/10/2022Danny Park (Melbourne Bioinformatics)Doing bioinformatics on a M1 Mac
27/10/2022Shani Amarasinghe (Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute)Single cell pre-processing with scPipe