Introduction to the Galaxy workflow tool

Dr Gareth Price1, Simon Gladman4, Mr Derek Benson2, Dr Tim Ho3

1Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB), St Lucia, Australia; 2CSIRO, Pullenvale, Australia; 3CSIRO, Clayton, Australia; 4Melbourne Bioinformatics, Australia


This workshop will introduce the Galaxy platform for performing genetic and genomics analysis. This platform provides a workflow engine supported with a large number of tools covering common tasks such as DNA/RNA manipulation, mapping, filtering, ranking, annotation as well as phylogenetics and metagenomics.

This workshop will be of interest to anyone seeking practical strategies and tools that they can use to investigate their own genomic data. The workshop aims to demonstrate the power of linking tools into an analysis pipeline or workflow in Galaxy language. Based on a small number of hands-on tutorials, workshop attendees will construct, edit and chain workflows to demonstrate the reproducibility and reduced hands-on time that comes with managing analysis through Galaxy workflows.


Gareth Price has been a Genomics Scientist for over 15 years now. He has involved in experimental design, assay performance, data QC, data analysis and data interpretation from early printed microarrays, to cartridge based GeneChips through to multiple Next Gen platforms. These works have involved a variety of model organisms from microorganisms, fruit flies, mice to humans.

Gareth’s view is that research, clinical research, and healthcare are at their best when coupled with the most accurate, highest throughput and innovative technology and analysis. He uses this view to motivate the use of innovation to reduce the time between data generation and data summarisation, ready for the important phase of data interpretation and result in discovery.


AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.