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.

When? Where?
Fortnightly, Thursdays, 10–11am via Zoom
Interested? Sign up.
Email Tom Harrop and Steven Morgan at
with your topic requests and/or offers to present.


The Shed Schedule

Date Speaker Topic More information
05/08/2021 Gayle Philip (Melbourne Bioinformatics) Good practices: data and metadata to facilitate analyses Slides
19/08/2021 Chol-Hee Jung (Melbourne Bioinformatics) Data quality – Know what you have Slides
02/09/2021 Jessica Chung (Melbourne Bioinformatics) Reproducible research principles of data analysis Slides
16/09/2021 Bobbie Shaban (MDAP) Introduction to workflow managers Slides
30/09/2021 Sean Crosby (Research Computing Services) HPC options for your data analysis Slides

Helpful links 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

14/10/2021 Dave Clarke, CSIRO/University of Melbourne, MSc (Bioinformatics) Finding Genes with Hidden Markov Models: How? Does it Work? Slides
28/10/2021 Bernie Pope (Melbourne Bioinformatics) Hatch, a plotting library Slides
11/11/2021 Tom Harrop (Melbourne Bioinformatics) A short practical intro to Singularity containers Slides
25/11/2021 Jacqueline Heighway (Florey Institute) Accessing publicly available RNA-seq data to support your research Slides
09/12/2021 Gareth Price (Galaxy Australia) New high memory nodes now available to all Galaxy Australia users
17/03/2022 Simon Gladman (Melbourne Bioinformatics) Galaxy Australia
31/03/2022 Craig Morton (Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Bio21) ‘Alphafold2: What’s in it for me?’ Slides
14/04/2022 Stephanie Portelli (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne) Analysing missense mutations using structural bioinformatics techniques Slides
28/04/2022 Quentin Gouil (WEHI) Long-read sequencing: principles, methods and applications Slides
12/05/2022 Torsten Seemann (Peter Doherty Institute) Manipulating tabular data on the command line with csvtk Slides
26/05/2022 Steven Morgan (Melbourne Bioinformatics) BLAST – why it’s still relevant
23/06/2022 Priyanka Pillai (MDAP) Case studies in health informatics
07/07/2022 Ramyar Molania (WEHI) Batch effects in RNA-seq data
21/07/2022 Ash Porter (Doherty Institute) TBC
04/08/2022 Kshitij Tandon (University of Melbourne) TBC
18/08/2022 Stefano Mangiola (WEHI) Tidy transcriptomics for single-cell and bulk RNA-seq