The Bioinformaticians’ Shed is now open

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Welcome to The Bioinformaticians’ Shed – a fortnightly meetup for local researchers and students to share and demonstrate current bioinformatics approaches / tools. Convenor Tom Harrop, who joined Melbourne Bioinformatics as a Senior Bioinformatician in February, is keen to welcome all to this new (currently online) meetup 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.

When? What?
Fortnightly, Thursdays, 10–11am via Zoom

Interested? Sign up.

And email Tom Harrop at with your topic requests and/or offers to present.

9 December
Gareth Price, Galaxy Australia
Important update on new high memory nodes now available to all Galaxy Australia users.


Past sessions 2021 (All past session slides are posted here)

5 August
Gayle Philip, Melbourne Bioinformatics
Good practices: data and metadata to facilitate analyses

19 August
Chol-Hee Jung, Melbourne Bioinformatics

Data quality – Know what you have

2 September
Jessica Chung, Melbourne Bioinformatics

Reproducible research principles of data analysis

16 September
Bobbie Shaban, MDAP

Introduction to workflow managers

30 September
Sean Crosby, Research Computing Services

HPC options for your data analysis

Helpful hints from Sean’s talk:

HPC Dashboard –
Cloud Dashboard  –
Orion Researcher Desktop –
RCS Storage –
RCS Training –

Email Sean at to talk to discuss your computational needs.

14 October
Dave Clarke, CSIRO/University of Melbourne, MSc (Bioinformatics)

Finding Genes with Hidden Markov Models: How? Does it Work?

28 October
Bernie Pope, Melbourne Bioinformatics

Bernie talked about his plotting library, Hatch.

11 November
Tom Harrop
Tom presented a short practical intro to Singularity containers.

25 November
Jacqueline Heighway, Florey Institute
Jacky shared what she has learned about accessing publicly available RNA-seq data to support your research.