Genomic data science with the Galaxy workbench

Learn to do data-intensive science with Galaxy

There will be a full day pre-conference workshop at 2019 SACNAS that will introduce participants to best practices, tools, and platforms for doing data-intensive research. This STEM focused session will familiarize students with the field of Genomic Data Science. Participants will be introduced to the field of genomics, learn about current large scale genome sequencing projects, and perform hands-on genomic data analysis. No prior computational experience is required.

Bring your laptop and your curiosity.

Wednesday, October 29, 9am- 6pm
Room TBA


Workshop attendees will be introduced to practical examples of how genomic data is used in research and clinical applications, highlighting techniques, technologies, and platforms used in genomic analysis. The current state of genomic science will be discussed, with emphasis on large scale sequencing projects of NHGRI involving hundreds of thousands of individuals (CCDG, CMG, AnVIL).

Workshop participants will work with genomic data using the Galaxy workbench. Through guided hands-on exercises, attendees will learn best practices in data science using the Galaxy data integration and analysis framework, with emphasis on components that enable reproducibility, transparency, and accessibility. Participants will work through sample pipelines analyzing population level human variation (using Genome Wide Association Studies, GWAS), characterization of disease variants, and data visualization with RStudio.

Participants of this workshop will achieve an understanding of Genomic Data Science. The presentations and hands-on exercises will provide practical exposure to the field of Genomics for young scholars.

Workshop goals

The goals of this workshop are to

  1. provide background of Genomics, highlighting techniques and large scale sequencing efforts,
  2. demonstrate how genomics is performed using lecture and hands-on exercises.


Time Topic
9 am Introduction to Human Genomics (presentation)
Human Genome Project )
DNA sequencing technologies
Research genomics
Clinical genomics
10 am Practical Human Genomics (presentation)
11 am Human Genomics at scale (presentation)
GSP - scaling, logistics
CCDG, CMG - discoveries, challenges, caveats
AnVIL - opportunities
12 pm Data Science - Galaxy (hands-on)
Data management
Data access, sharing
Job processing + reproducibility
1 pm Lunch (provided)
2 pm Data Science - Galaxy GWAS analysis (hands-on)
Non coding variation is important
3 pm Data Science - Galaxy , variant characterization/viz (hands-on)
Simple/complex variants
Multi-omic variant resolution
Genome browser viz
4 pm Data Science - RStudio interactive viz (hands-on)
ggplot2 (for scripting figures + layouts)
5 pm Data Science - Galaxy/RStudio - advanced exercises (hands-on)
Transcriptome reconstruction
ChIP-seq analysis
6 pm Fin



Registration is free but space is limited. You are strongly encouraged to register soon.

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Travel Scholarships

The Galaxy Community Fund is

  1. augmenting SACNAS Travel Scholarships awards, and
  2. also offering scholarships to workshop participants who are not receiving SACNAS Travel Scholarships.

The scholarships cover the first $110 of housing costs for the evening of Tuesday, October 29 (the night before the workshop). You can apply for a travel scholarship when you register.

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