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NZGL’s team of 14 bioinformaticians – based across the three collaborating universities – is central to NZGL’s service. The team provides the personal and ongoing interface for many of NZGL’s commercial and non-commercial clients throughout New Zealand – and bioinformaticians can be involved in a project at all stages. NEXT-GENERATION SEQUENCING MICROARRAY nanoString


NZGL’s bioinformaticians are able to provide free (up to two hours) expert advice during initial scoping, project design advice and liaise with the laboratory team. If you find you want to tap into the bioinformaticians’ expertise for longer than the free two hours, you are welcome to pay for additional hours. This can be a worthwhile and valuable investment at the outset of your project.

After sequencing – either by NZGL or another provider – the bioinformaticians can assist with analysing the resulting data set.

In some cases, NZGL bioinformaticians can support you in the analysis of your own data, both through one-on-one coaching and support and via access to the NZGL BioIT system – a purpose-built, secure, onshore IT system, that is specifically designed to run bioinformatics applications.

Because the NZGL team is immersed in bioinformatics research, they keep well abreast of international best practice, with access to a state of the art Bio-IT platform, while also being innovative when it comes to finding solutions to out-of-the-ordinary bioinformatics-related challenges.

For example

CHALLENGE: Existing controls for RNA-Seq do not detect some biases and do not future-proof your data.

NZGL SOLUTION: Providing RNA-Seq controls to customers, automating analysis tools, and raising general awareness amongst clients around the options for RNA-Seq controls.

CHALLENGE: Data volumes are becoming problematic to large-scale analyses of whole genome metagenomic data.

NZGL SOLUTION: Being aware of international best practice and novel algorithms allows data to be analysed as never before, providing more insight.

CHALLENGE: Analysis of amplicon sequencing data can be an issue for some overlapping software algorithms.

NZGL SOLUTION: Writing our own code to deal with these problems, with plans to publish and see it out in the public domain.


When you are beginning a project, it can be a case of, “how do you know what you don’t know?”

That’s where NZGL’s bioinformaticians can really add value. By talking through your project with an experienced team member, they can help you determine the best approach to take and pitfalls to avoid.

Your NZGL bioinformatician will work with you to answer key questions that are critical to generating useful results:

  • Will my experimental design answer – in a statistically robust way – the biological question I am asking?
  • Are there unusual features of my organism or system that I need to be aware of?
  • Is my project best suited to microarrays, sequencing, or some other platform? Am I using the appropriate controls?
  • How much data is required?
  • What is the current best practice when analysing my results?
  • How do I assess the quality of my results?
  • How will my results be delivered and presented?
  • How long will it take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What skills can I develop during the project?
  • Can NZGL bioinformaticians help me to analyse my data myself?


NZGL runs a series of seminars and workshops throughout New Zealand, designed around the needs of the research community.

Workshop topics include:

  • Introductory seminars on Platforms, Bioinformatics, Experimental design, and use of the Bio-IT platform.
  • Advanced workshops on Transcriptomics, Metabarcoding and Population Genetics, and Genomics.

Seminars and workshops are advertised through this website and eLetters.

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NZGL’s bioinformaticians are all approachable, knowledgeable individuals, who value the opportunity to help fellow researchers get the most out of their experiments and data. They can quickly turn around standard data, but also enjoy the opportunity to work on non-standard projects, where some thinking outside the square may be needed.

Feel free to approach any of our bioinformaticians at our Talk to a Bioinformatician sessions – either in person or in the virtual environment via videoconferencing - or fill out a project enquiry form and we can match your project to the best-fit bioinformatician. That bioinformatician then becomes your contact point during the scoping or analysis stages of your project.

Meet the NZGL Bioinformaticians »

The bioinformaticians are supported by three senior advisors: Professor James Curran and Associate Professor Cristin Print, co-directors of the Bioinformatics Institute at the University of Auckland; and Dr Austen Ganley, senior lecturer in genetics and evolution at Massey University’s Institute of Molecular Biosciences.



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