News & Events

  • Brisbane Sanger Sequencing Analysis Workshop

    08 May 2015

    Come along to learn tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your sequencing experiments. We aim to show you common sequencing issues, how to use your raw data and ideas on how to troubleshoot from design to analysis

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  • Sydney Next Generation Sequencing Special Interest Group Meeting

    29 April 2015

    On the 29th April 2015, we will be holding the first Sydney Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2015. 

    Come along to hear about how Sydney researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research.


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  • Brisbane Next-Generation Sequencing Special Interest Group Meeting

    21 April 2015

    On the 21st April 2015, we will be holding the first Brisbane Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2015.

    Come along to hear about how Brisbane researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research.

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  • EMBL Australia Showcase, Friday 17th April, 2015

    08 April 2015

    EMBL Australia Showcase

    Friday 17th April, 2015

    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Road, The University of Melbourne

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  • AGRF to Attend ASoC Conference, 10-12 April 2015

    31 March 2015

    Australasian Society of Cytogeneticists and the Molecular Genetics Society of Australasia will be holding their 2015 combined interim scientific meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. The event will occur over 3 days from April 10th to 12th at the Sky City Convention Centre. AGRF will be in attendance with a trade display during the event.

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  • Futures of Science Named

    31 March 2015

    Kat Holt wins 'international rising talent' award at L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” Awards in Paris

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  • AGRF receives NGS NATA accreditation

    27 March 2015

    AGRF receives ISO accreditation for next generation sequencing, targets clinical data supply services

    Melbourne 23/03/2015 – The Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) said this week its next-generation sequencing lab has received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for Illumina-based sequencing services from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), Australia.

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  • The Graeme Clark Oration with Sir Paul Nurse, 10 March 2015

    26 February 2015

    A FREE public lecture

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  • AGRF at Lorne Genome Conference

    24 February 2015

    AGRF attended the 36th Annual Genome Conference 15-17 February 2015. Over 300 genomic delegates from across Australia and beyond came together to share their knowledge and experience.

    International speakers like Mike Snyder, Joanna Muller and Tim Hughes spoke with great passion on a variety of themes including Developmental Genetics, Population Genetics and Genomics, Transcriptional Networks and Emerging Technologies. We look forward to sharing insights with our customers.


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  • Special Interest Group Meetings

    10 December 2014

    AGRF SIGs are held quarterly across the country to allow researchers to connect and discuss their work. Come along to hear about how local researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research. 

    For notifications on upcoming events in your state, please join our mailing list. 

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  • Upcoming Sydney SIG Meeting

    04 December 2014

    On the 4th December 2014, the Garvan Institute for Medical Research will be hosting the final Sydney Next-Generation Sequencing Special Interest Group meeting for 2014.

    Come along to hear about how Sydney researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research.

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  • AGRF presenting at BioInfoSummer 2014

    02 December 2014

    Our own Sonika Tyagi, AGRF Bioinformatics Supervisor, is presenting on Day 2 "Introduction to RNA-seq Expression Analysis"

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  • AGRF presenting at Australian Pathogen Bioinformatics Symposium 2014 - Canberra

    01 December 2014

    Our own Lavinia Gordon, AGRF Bioinformatics Manager, will be on hand to offer advice to the attending bioinformatics students/early career researchers as well as outlining some of the bioinformatics performed by AGRF.

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  • 3-Day NGS Workshop - Hobart

    25 November 2014

    Bioplatforms Australia and CSIRO joint Next Generation Sequencing Hands-on Workshop 25th-27th November 2014, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Our own Sonika Tyagi, AGRF Bioinformatics Supervisor, will be on hand as a trainer.

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  • AGRF presents an overview on Next-Generation Sequencing

    19 November 2014

    Westmead, NSW | Westmead WMI Building Conference room 2.22
    21 Nov 2014 from 11:00am-1:00pm

    An overview of Next Generation Sequencing technology and tools and pipelines used for data analysis.

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  • 2014 November Newsletter

    17 November 2014

    In this issue 

    Access whole human genome sequencing through AGRF
    Diversity Profiling - now more powerful and economical
    Genotyping by Sequencing - coming soon!
    NHMRC and ARC grant rounds for 2014 and 2015

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  • Melbourne node holiday closure next Tuesday (Cup Day)

    31 October 2014

    AGRF Melbourne node will be closed for business on Tuesday November 4th, Melbourne Cup Day.

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  • AGRF congratulates the winners of the Prime Minister's Prize for Science and the Frank Fenner Prize

    31 October 2014

    The power of genomics!

    Congratulations to the winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, our longstanding colleagues Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC and Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO, both from the University of Melbourne for their discoveries of links between epilepsy and genes which opened the way to better targeted research, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy

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  • AGRF Trade Display - Griffith University Gold Coast

    30 October 2014

    AGRF trade displays are held across the country allowing researchers to connect and find out more information and updates on all our Genomic Services.

    To express interest in AGRF visiting your institute, contact AGRF Marketing

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  • AGRF invites you to a seminar by Assistant Professor Christopher Mason

    23 October 2014

    Title: Global pathogen surveillance using NGS and nanopores, and the impact on human health

    Presented by: Assistant Professor Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY

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  • AGRF congratulates the joint winners of the Bienz-Waterman Award

    23 October 2014

    Congratulations to Ciara Metcalfe and Arial Zeng on receiving the Bienz- Waterman Award for best female presenter - oral or poster.
    Sponsors: AGRF and the University of Melbourne

    EMBO Workshop on Wnt Signalling - Broome, Western Australia - October 6-9, 2014

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  • Upcoming Melbourne SIG Meeting

    16 October 2014

    On the 21st April 2015, we will be holding the first Brisbane Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2015. 

    Come along to hear about how Brisbane researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research.

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  • Come and visit us at AGTA

    13 October 2014

    Come along to learn about some of our recent projects we've been working on, including Genotyping-by-Sequencing and our trial of Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION or visit one of our team members at booth #2 to discuss your next project. 

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  • Upcoming Sydney SIG meeting

    09 October 2014
    On the 9th October 2014, we will be holding the next Sydney Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2014. 

    Come along to hear about how Sydney researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research.

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  • AGRF and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research partner to deliver human whole genome sequencing

    30 September 2014

    Melbourne 30/09/2014 – Today the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) announce they will be collaborating to facilitate Australia's access to whole human genome sequencing – a transformational new advance in genomic science.

    This partnership will combine AGRF’s national genomics infrastructure with the sequencing power of the HiSeqTM X Ten fleet located in the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics at the Garvan Institute to provide simplified access to the broader community of Australian genomic researchers.


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  • Upcoming Brisbane SIG meeting

    16 September 2014

    On the 16th September 2014, we will be holding the next Brisbane Next Generation Special Interest Group meeting for 2014. 

    Come along to hear about how Brisbane researchers are using next generation sequencing in their current research. 

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  • Illumina Next Gen Service reaches milestone

    09 September 2014

    Over 500 runs have been completed on our HiSeq2000 service since it commenced in 2010. 

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  • New instrumentation coming soon to AGRF

    08 September 2014

    NextSeq and MiSeq instruments being installed at AGRF Adelaide node and our HiSeq 2500 fleet expanded.

    Details on accessing these services will be released in the coming months.

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  • 2014 September Newsletter

    08 September 2014

    In this issue
    Data generated as part of MinION early access program
    Illumina Next Gen Service reaches milestone
    New instrumentation coming soon to AGRF
    Launch of new AGRF website

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  • A proven track record - researchers publishing with AGRF's RNA sequencing services

    05 August 2014

    Over the past two years, 25 publications have been released using data generated from the AGRF RNA Sequencing service. These include publications in high impact journals including Nature Biotechnology and Genome Biology.

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  • AGRF generate data as part of the Nanopore MinIon early access program

    04 August 2014

    AGRF were granted early access to the Minion platform and have been completing configuration tests and generating initial data sets. Dr Ken McGrath of our Brisbane node has found that the device is capable of generating very long reads (>50kb) that are aligning to their targets.

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  • Draft Genome Sequence of Fervidicella metallireducens Strain AeB(T)

    20 May 2014

    Genome sequence of F. metallireducens strain AeB(T) generated by AGRF using Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing. The draft whole-genome sequence will assist in understanding the physiology and adaptation of microbial life in the Great Artesian Basin of Australia, a deep geothermal subsurface multiaquifer.

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  • AGRF assists assay design in bipolar study

    28 April 2014

    Biopolar study publication thanks Tamara Macdonald, AGRF Custom SNP Technical Officer, for her assistance in the design of Sequenom assays and generation of genotypes for the validation study.

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  • AGRF part of new Victorian alliance to unlock genetic disease secrets

    11 February 2014

    The AGRF are excited to be a part of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Combining the strengths of seven Parkville Precinct organisations, all working towards the one goal of integrating genomic information into everyday healthcare. 

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  • Understanding hormone interactions during fruit ripening

    05 January 2014

    AGRF provided PicoGreen quantification and Sequencing analysis for the publication - “Interactions between ethylene and auxin are crucial to the control of grape (Vitis vinifera L.) berry ripening" from BMC Plant Biology Journal 2013 13:222 

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  • AGRF commends 'Cool' award

    02 December 2013

    The Anthill Coolest company awards recently held in Melbourne, awarded DNA Security Solutions with a trophy for the Micro business category. AGRF congratulates our Innovation Voucher Partner on this “Cool” award!

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  • AGRF congratulates Terry Speed

    31 October 2013

    Congratulations to our valued collaborator, Terry Speed on winning the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. We are sure this will ignite interest in genetics and maths in the next generation of budding young scientists! 

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  • 1,000 milestone recognised

    14 October 2013

    Recently we celebrated two of our long-standing customers reaching the 1,000 milestone of batch submissions. Jenny Leary's Familial Cancer Services Laboratory, Westmead Hospital and Bruce Bennetts' Department of Molecular Genetics, Children's Hospital Westmead were presented with a DNA trophy in recognition of this achievement.

  • Meet an Ion Torrent Expert

    09 September 2013

    Paul Gooding of AGRF Adelaide is one of our resident Ion Torrent experts. Paul has delivered several runs that have made the Top 20 league as monitored by Life Tech - who also recently awarded Paul for producing the best short video of tips and tricks for getting the best performance.

  • Did you know about our mouse linkage marker set?

    28 July 2013

    Comprising of over 550 SNPs with an average distance of 3-5cM, the Mouse Linkage Marker Set (MLMS) is a panel that allows you to perform linkage mapping studies. The panel is run using our NATA accredited Sequenom SNP genotyping service.

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  • Next-generation sequencing: Handling and analysing data

    04 June 2013

    Sonika Tyagi from AGRF’s bioinformatics team is a co-author on the article - “Next-generation sequencing: a challenge to meet the increasing demand for training workshops in Australia”. The article addresses the urgent need for upskilling biologists for handling and analysing their next-generation sequencing.

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  • Aurora DNA extraction now available

    01 April 2013

    AGRF can provide a DNA extraction solution to suit most projects offering both standardised protocols and customised solutions. Genomic DNA extractions are available for a range of starting materials and species.

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  • Service yields quality deep sequencing data for plant species

    23 February 2013

    Evan Dodds, Matthew Tinning and Dr Matthew Stevens at AGRF are acknowledged for excellent technical guidance and the prompt supply of quality data from AGRF's Next-generation sequencing service.

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  • PD+ sequencing service in tube formats now available

    03 January 2013

    AGRF’s national Unpurified PCR product (PD+) sanger sequencing service is now available for submissions of 1-46x samples in tubes.

  • Bread Matters

    04 August 2012

    AGRF's National Operations Manager is an author on the publication titled “Bread Matters: a national initiative to profile the genetic diversity of Australian wheat" from the Plant Biotechnology Journal.

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  • The role of a national service provider

    02 February 2012

    A number of factors make it difficult or impossible for even large institutions to provide ongoing access to their researchers to state of the art genomics infrastructure. A national service provider can provide the solutions.


  • Secrets of the reef revealed

    12 December 2011

    The genome of the staghorn coral Acropora milleporahas been sequenced. This coral is a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. 

  • Wallaby Genome Sequenced

    08 November 2011

    AGRF led the Australian component of the international research collaboration to sequence the tammar wallaby genome. Results have now been published in a series of articles in Genome Biology 2011.

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