Andrew Lonie



Melbourne BioinformaticsLEAD INSTITUTE
University of MelbourneMEMBER INSTITUTE
University of QueenslandMEMBER INSTITUTE
Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)COLLABORATOR


Bioplatforms Australia contract, with additional funding from Nectar, both funded by NCRIS


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Over ten years after the sequencing of the human genome, in 2013 the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar) funded this project, led out of the University of Queensland by Ron Horst, with partners from the VLSCI (now Melbourne Bioinformatics), the Garvan Institute and CSIRO. With the exponential growth in genomic data being generated, the Australian-made GVL was built to make genomic data analysis more accessible to biologists. It has successfully achieved this goal and continues to serve the research community in many ways.

The Genomics Virtual Lab is a computational workbench providing a highly accessible cloud-based genomics analysis environment preconfigured with best practice genomics tools and supplemented with comprehensive tutorial materials and protocols, managed services and user support.

There are now large installations at Monash, Melbourne and Queensland universities, with more planned for Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. Adopted both locally and overseas, the GVL has already been recognised as a quality platform to help address the shortage of bioinformatics expertise around the world and manage the complex, multiple-layered data analysis tasks confronting life scientists today.

The GVL works as both a research and training tool, with life scientists able to undertake self-directed training to then translate this knowledge to their own data. It is also being used to deliver content in the Masters of Science (Bioinformatics) at the University of Melbourne.

As part of the work being undertaken to extend the reach of the GVL, our experts have carried out performance analysis testing of GVL-based clusters on the Nectar cloud.

Download the GVL flyer.