QFAB Bioinformatics is a core facility providing support in bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata to life sciences and health researchers across Queensland and beyond. This diversity builds QFAB’s capacity to apply new skills and approaches to a project, to implement the most effective solutions and unlock the full value of data.
QFAB provides access to:
- On-demand analysis and management of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and clinical datasets
- Expert training and coaching in bioinformatics and biostatistics
- Analysis platforms facilitating the use of sophisticated analysis tools
Established in 2007 in Brisbane, QFAB (Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics) is now division within QCIF whose member universities are:
- Central Queensland University
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- Queensland University of Technology
- The University of Queensland
- The University of Southern Queensland
- The University of the Sunshine Coast (associate member)
Beyond our mission of supporting Queensland’s leading universities, QFAB also operates nationally and is a key contributor to the EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource and the emerging Australian Bioinformatics Commons, a national bioinformatics response to the National Research Infrastructure funding announced in 2018
On-demand access to data science skills
Working closely with researchers, the QFAB team applies data management, integration, analysis and visualisation techniques to unlock the full value of large-scale biological and clinical datasets. Support ranges from experimental design and analysis, data capture and mining, through to genomics, proteomics and metabolomics analyses, and data visualisation. We are experts in cross-domain integration of multiple data types, including linkage to clinical data. For long-term support to a project or research team, specialist staff can be embedded within research groups.
Training and coaching
To empower researchers in mastering their data generation and analysis, QFAB offers a wide range of courses and workshops, covering statistics, data processing and bioinformatics.
- Training workshops: Use of the Genomics Virtual Lab (GVL) for bioinformatics courses and R Server for biostatistics
- Analysis Hotel: Hosts researchers to perform their analysis embedded within QFAB; facilitated access to QFAB-hosted tools, applications, data and resources
- Software and data carpentry: Volunteer-based hands-on training on basic programming and scripting skills
- Clinics: Free service delivered at QFAB member universities to assist life sciences students and ECRs to get started with bioinformatics techniques and to provide advice
QFAB develop customised solutions and provide support to collect, manage, analyse, share, publish, find and access data.
- Data Submission to EBI and SRA: Free service funded by EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource to support researchers with their submissions to international repositories.
Web and software application development
Development of software and web applications, as well as maintaining, hosting and supporting tools developed by researchers.
Access to Platforms
- Galaxy Australia
Galaxy is a web-based platform for data intensive biological research. Users without programming experience can specify parameters and run tools and workflows. Galaxy Australia is a service free to use for any Australian researcher.
QFAB provides access to the SMRTLink on QRIScloud to any researchers from QFAB member organisations. Digital Infrastructure Facilitation of access to local, national and commercial computer and storage infrastructure. Access cloud instances (cores) and storage through QRIScloud Management of customised servers help with resource allocation applications.
- Genomics Virtual Lab
QFAB is an active developer of the Genomics Virtual Lab, a national computing platform aiming to provide access to analysis tools without having to be an IT expert. In addition to the services offered by the national platforms, QFAB can provide facilitated or customised access to such platforms to meet the specific requirements of researchers.