Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser ( The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

The hour and 15 minute long webinars will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool. The first webinar, held Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT), will be an introduction to the genome browser, designed for new users of the UCSC Genome Browser, and those who want to improve their skills at basic navigation and display.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• to perform basic text searches
• explore and understand display feature in a genomic region of interest
• customize displays to fit your needs
• use filters to highlight data you are interested in, such as displaying non-synonymous SNPs in red to stand out
• how to set up a view the way you want, and then save that as a “Session” to share with others

The second webinar, held Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT), will cover advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
• perform advanced searches of the UCSC genome databases
• export and download large quantities of targeted data
• create custom tracks resulting from your advanced searches
• create custom annotation tracks of your data to share with others

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at Download slides before the webinar for note taking at

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser” and “UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser” free webinars sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When: [note that the times are different]
Introduction: Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT)
Custom Tracks and Table Browser: Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT)

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (, a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on or by calling 1-888-861-5051


Edit to add: here’s a time conversion chart for the Intro seminar that provides times in many locations worldwide:

7 thoughts on “Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

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  3. Nabila

    I am a little confused about the timings of the two webinars. Is it possible to provide the times in GMT?

    I will be watching from Singapore (GMT +8) so I need to be able to convert to the correct time.

    Thanks a lot!

  4. Mary

    Hi Nabila–

    Sure, I will get that time for you and add it to the notice. I thought we had it in there in one of the drafts, but you are correct–it’s not there now.

    For anyone else who needs to convert to another time, we find TimeAndDate is a great tool:

  5. Mary

    Ok, I have added the UTC/GMT time.

    We didn’t know how widespread the notice would go, but we can see from the registration there’s an incredible range of folks from all over the world who will attend. If our experiments with the webinar go well we’ll choose some other times that might be better outside the US as well.

  6. Linda McMahan

    Will the second webinar covering advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser be offered again at later time on another date?


  7. Mary

    Hi Linda–

    We’ve had a tremendous response to the webinar, so we suspect we will be booking more of them soon. We’d also like to have more convenient times for people in various times zones.

    We’re going to make sure this goes well and we’ll work with UCSC to set up some more if they work as we hope they will. We want to know that our webinar host provider’s technical issues are ok and all that too.

    Thanks for letting us know you are interested. It helps us to know that.

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