Training and Events

Our experts have all been involved in developing and delivering workshops here and overseas for many years now. Workshops are delivered on-site or may be run in-house for your group. Many of the training materials were developed for use on Galaxy Australia and these are used in our formal workshops and are also available for use to deliver your own workshops or for self-directed learning and for conducting your own research.

All our upcoming workshops and events for building bioinformatics careers are listed below. See also:

Resources for researchers and students as recommended by the Parkville Bioinformatics Training Group

We’re interested to hear from any Melbourne precinct research group or individual researchers and students about training needs: please email the Parkville Bioinformatics Training Group with your suggestions or requests.


All our trainer-led workshops are now delivered online and are FREE for all researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes.

Due to the very high local demand and popularity of these workshops, we are limiting access to researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes.

Registrants must use an eligible institutional email address to gain admission to these trainer-led workshops.

Please note that all the materials used in these workshops are freely available online and are designed to be used for for self-directed learning. Click on toolbox above to find the directory of materials.

Something you’re interested in not showing up today? Study our list of regular workshops and contact us to register your interest in your subject/s and we’ll let you know when they are running next.

October 5, 2021 - 10am - 2pm
via Zoom


Introduction to Genome Browsers – online (note revised date)

Visualisation gives you answers to questions you didn’t know you had – Ben Schneiderman

Workshop Outline

This hands on tutorial on Genome Browsers will provide beginners with an introduction to both the UCSC Genome browser and IGV (Integrated Genome Viewer) using RNAseq gene expression data. Tools and public datasets will be used to illustrate how the expression of transcript variants can be investigated in different tissues and cell types using public data, including human RNAseq data from GTEX and mouse cell type RNAseq data from Tabula Muris, as viewed within the UCSC genome browser. A subset of aligned reads from the single cell RNAseq data Celltax study from the Allen Brain Atlas will also be downloaded from the SRA database and visualised in IGV.

The data and genes used in this workshop focus on gene expression data taken from the neuroscience domain, however the analysis tools and visualizations demonstrated in this workshop can be applied to many research areas.


Vicky Perreau, Training Lead & Senior Bioinformatician, Melbourne Bioinformatics

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • understand gene model representations and identify differences between transcripts variants
  • investigate tissue/cell type expression profiles for genes in mouse and human gene expression data
  • know some basic files types used in Genome browsers
  • download BAM files from SRA and view in IGV
  • use the ‘Blat’ tool to locate genomic regions with similarity to a sequence of interest
  • create custom interactive views with multiple datatypes to share with colleagues and generate images for publications.

Target audience

The workshop is aimed at bench researchers with no coding/programming skills who wish to learn how to utilise online data and resources to refine their biological research questions and discovery.


This free workshop is available to staff and students at The University of Melbourne and its affiliated institutes only (refer to ‘Members’ section).


This is a hands-on workshop delivered via Zoom and attendees must use their own computers with access to the internet/wifi. We will be interacting with the web-based UCSC genome browser platform and locally installed IGV. A mouse is recommended for selecting screen elements during the workshop. The following software must also be preinstalled:

If you require any further information, or if you have any access requirements in order to participate in this workshop, please email us.

LAST RUN: November 2, 2020