Introduction to Genome Browsers (online)

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“Visualization gives you answers to questions you didn’t know you had.” – Ben Schneiderman

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Presenter - Vicky Perreau

This detailed, hands on tutorial on Genome Browsers will provide beginners with an introduction to both the UCSC Genome browser and IGV (Integrated Genome Viewer). Numerous different datatypes will be displayed in the UCSC browser including human RNAseq data from GTEX and mouse single cell RNAseq data from Tabula Muris. Different data types available will be used to illustrate how a wide variety of biological questions can be investigated in genome browsers using public and local data.

Learning objectives

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

  • Find models for genes and transcripts of interest and interpret differences in the gene models.
  • Find disease associated variants in the human genome.
  • Determine the tissue/cell type expression profiles of a gene of interest and identify transcript variants expressed in different cell types.
  • Understand some basic files types used in Genome browsers and upload and view local BAM files in genome browsers.
  • Create custom interactive views with multiple datatypes to share with colleagues.

Prerequisites and Requirements

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 is a hands-on workshop delivered via Zoom and attendees must use their own computers with the following software preinstalled:

  • Web browser (Firefox or Chrome recommended)
  • IGV (Integrated Genome Viewer) (free)
  • A mouse is also handy for selecting screen elements during the workshop.
  • Obtain a login to UCSC Genome browser (free) prior to the workshop to save your own sessions.
  • Zoom (Version 5.1 or higher)

Most workshops 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 now limiting access for 2020 to researchers and students from the University of Melbourne and its affiliated research institutes, listed here.

You must register for this event using your institutional email address or your registration may be cancelled.


If you have any access requirements in order to participate in this workshop, please contact the workshop organiser ( as soon as possible to discuss your requirements further.

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