GALAXY:  An integrated computational environment for life sciences research

Release event to the U of M community on February 16, 2011.

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As computation and bioinformatics continue to play an increasingly essential role in life sciences, researchers are faced with the demands and challenges of becoming proficient with computationally-intensive data processing, analytical methods, tools and data resources. Though this can be eased by support groups providing analytical expertise, nonetheless such solution cannot scale to meet the increasing volume demands.  So a key challenge in bioinformatics is the development of analytical resources and tools that make informatics resources intuitive and easy to use.

With the support of a Minnesota Partnership Grant, an interdisciplinary team at the University of Minnesota has been actively implementing  GALAXY (, a framework developed at Penn State, and adopted for use at the University of Minnesota as part of its core life sciences cyberinfrastructure.  Galaxy benefits from a thriving, growing community of adopters and developers, its development and enhancement is community-driven.

The GALAXY informatics tool will provide university’s researchers with the necessary integrated environment for them to access data, run analytical workflows or pipelines as well as share information.  Urgent needs in genomics research, and more specifically Next Generation Sequencing data analysis and data management, is the initial focus of our installation.

On February 16, 2011 we will be opening Galaxy for general access by U of M researchers.  To mark this event Dr. James Taylor from Emory University, a member of the original Galaxy team, will give two workshop presentations on Galaxy and its applications in genomics research.  Q&A sessions will also be scheduled.

Please join us for this exciting event and learn about this powerful and easy to use tool.

The Galaxy team at the UofM

Galaxy application access at the University of Minnesota

Agenda & Schedule

GALAXY:  An integrated computational environment for life sciences research

Release event to the U of M community on February 16, 2011.

When:              Wednesday February 16th, 2011.

Where:             University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus

Walter Library Room 402

POC:                Anne Lamblin,



8:15 am           Coffee & Muffins

8:45 am.          Introductory remarks

                       Anne-Françoise  Lamblin, Ph.D

                        University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Informatics Coordinator,

                        (UMN) Galaxy project informatics lead


9:00 am           The Galaxy analytical framework

                        James Taylor, Ph.D.

                        Department of Computer Sciences

                        Emory University

10:15 am         Q&A session

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45               Application of Galaxy in genomics research

James Taylor, Ph.D.

Noon                Q&A session

12:30pm          Lunch break

1:15pm            Q&A session

2:00 pm           Adjourn


If you would like to meet individually with Dr. Taylor, please contact Anne Lamblin at

Galaxy application access at the University of Minnesota

Galaxy project web site at the University of Minnesota

 Galaxy introductory overview video

The Galaxy project for the life sciences at the University of Minnesota was supported through a grant from the Minnesota Partnership.  The Galaxy adoption team was composed of members from the BioMedical Genomics Center (BMGC), the U of M Interdisciplinary Informatics  (UMII-OVPR), the Masonic Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Division and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research (MSI).

Anne-Francoise Lamblin,
Feb 10, 2011, 10:55 AM