The University of Tasmania is host to richly diverse and truly interdisciplinary research. UTAS bioinformaticians represent a broad range of research interests based on data of national and global importance – from the impact of climate change on rare species through to vaccine discovery for Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The UTAS bioinformatics research community frequently works on uncommon informatics problems, including a high number of local plant and animal species, often with no reference genome. UTAS has made significant investments into establishing and developing computational infrastructure and services for bioinformatics training and research that will, along with its unique expertise and data, strengthen the EMBL-ABR network.

EMBL-icon-training The UTAS Node will facilitate new bioinformatics workshops covering a range of topics. Requested content is likely to range from basic to advanced tutorials on subjects including RNAseq and NGS, working without a reference genome, building a reference genome and setting up your own GVL environment in NeCTAR.
EMBL-icon-data The UTAS Node will develop protocols for best practice in research data management. Decision trees for suitable data storage, privacy and management based on data type, funding sources and other considerations will be generated through collaborations with the EMBL-ABR network and new international interactions.
EMBL-icon-platforms The UTAS Node will configure a targeted GVL instance for unique training and research needs. Local research encompassing a wide range of organisms and data types requires tailoring cloud-based platforms to meet a range of needs. Through the documentation of the process of set up and tailoring of the GVL instance to the needs of plant science, Antarctic science, maths, physics, zoology and health, UTAS will contribute to the GVL project.


Assoc Prof Michael Charleston

Researchers and Bioinformatician

School of Mathematics & Physics

University of Tasmania