The National Computational Infrastructure, located at the Australian National University (ANU), is a high-end research computing service, supported by a highly-integrated and expert e-infrastructure environment. The EMBL-ABR: ANU Node has four main domains of expertise: evolutionary genomics, functional genomics, high performance computing and nascent medical genomics. Future activity will also focus on providing bioinformatics computational capability for the analysis of non-model organisms, particularly for the unique fauna and flora of Australia. The bioinformatics and molecular tools developed here and the unique datasets collected and analysed at the ANU Node will benefit the EMBL-ABR community and raise the profile of Australian biological research on the international stage. Training in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and programming will be consolidated by and made more accessible through participation in the EMBL-ABR network.





The ANU Node has produced large genomic and transcriptomic datasets with some accompanying functional genomics datasets in:

  • corals
  • insects
  • Eucalyptus and other native plants
  • reptiles and mammals
  • medical genomics


An extensive range of bioinformatics tools have been developed:

  • pipelines for whole genome assembly and annotations
  • tools for population genomics and landscape genomics
  • molecular and bioinformatics methods for handling the genome and transcriptomes of symbiotic species
  • tools for the analysis of epigenomic data.
  • a tool suite for the analysis of large amounts of human genomic data deployed on a high performance computing platform.


As part of the EMBL-ABR network, these valuable resources will be extended to include the current in-house methods for the analysis of non-model organisms. Further platform and tool development will make unique Australian datasets more easily accessible and visible internationally.

EMBL-icon-training The ANU Node will provide training in basic programming, and on best practices in the assembly and annotation of genomes and transcriptomes of non-model organisms. This will empower researchers working on many of Australia’s endemic plant and animal species with the tools that they need to start exploring their data, and to have more fluent interactions with bioinformaticians. These activities could be integrated workshops, discussion and work groups, and would produce shareable training resources and may result in the publication of review papers on best practices.


Dr Thomas Daniel (Dan) Andrews

Bioinformatics Fellow & Researcher, The Goodnow Group – Immunogenomics

Australian National University


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