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The Bioinformatics Core and the Shields Library are hosting an Ensembl Genome Browser Workshop on May 18 & 19!

For more information and to register, go to

Ensembl provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of both vertebrate and non-vertebrate genomes. This workshop will include presentations and demonstration, and provide participants an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the use of Ensembl genome browsers. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Ensembl: origin, goals and organisation of the Ensembl project
  • Genebuild: how are Ensembl gene and transcripts predictions made?
  • Data mining with BioMart: retrieving genomic information using a web interface (no programming required).
  • Variation: SNPs and other polymorphisms, haplotypes, structural variants like CNVs and the Ensembl VEP (variant effect predictor)

This workshop will be held in a computer classroom at Shields Library and will run from 12:30 to 4:30pm on May 18th, and 9:00am to 12:00 on May 19th. You may either use one of the MS Windows desktops or you may bring your own laptop to use.

There is a registration fee of $30, which includes all workshop materials. Coffee and snacks will also be provided.
For more information and to register, go to