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Launch to build Austria’s largest life science technology network!

The inter-university core facility network ICoFNET has produced Austria’s largest platform for the exchange of life science technology services and expertise. The three Medical Universities of Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna, as well as the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna are participating in the setup of this ‘shared technology space’. They are linking up existing technologies worth approximately 30 million EUR and the expert know-how of 80 specialists from the four core areas of OMICS-technologies, imaging techniques, biocomputing and functional biomodels.

In addition to the research infrastructure network, pan-university, post-graduate further education and training will be provided, especially to young researchers, in order to initiate and encourage networking. In the future, additional partner institutions will be integrated into the network. The technical realisation of the project will be carried out in cooperation with the FAW GmbH; the research infrastructure platform “ICoFNET” will be open to the public in July 2014. The total cost of the project is more than 520,000 EUR and has been approved for 152,000 EUR of financing as a part of a federal fund for infrastructure in higher education by the former Federal Ministry of Science and Research. 





 Microbiome data analysis with Galaxy


Dear Researchers,
The Core Facility Computational Bioanalytics is happy to offer you Galaxy Workflows for Microbiome data analysis.

Please, feel free to visit Galaxy web server (http://pu02zmf001*) and try our workflows:

 Basic Workflow – gives you the possibility to pre-process your data, run QC check and make quality filtering

 Clustering to OTUs and Core Diversity Workflows – provide you solution for clustering the sequences into OTUs ending up with OTU table. This is folowing with alpha and beta diversity analysis. Depending on your dataset – 16s, 18s or ITS, you are able do analysis against GreenGenes, SILVA or UNITE databases, respectively.

 Picrust Workflow – If you are interested in functional analysis, you can use Picrust Workflow to predict your metagenomes and categorize them by functions.

 GraPhlAn visualization - This workflow produce high-quality circular representations of taxonomic and phylogenetic trees. It focuses on concise, integrative, informative, and publication-ready representations of phylogenetically- and taxonomically-driven investigation.



For those who are more interesting in bioinformatics, we are
organizing Bioinformatics Round Tables regularly.

Last one was on 2nd of June 2016. It was visited by 16
bioinformaticians from different institutes.

One of the topics was the new infrastructure which will be available in ZMF
in August 2016.

Our guest from Medical University of Innsbruck, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Univ.-Prof. Zlatko Trajanoski shared his experiences in bioinformatics.

Next Bioinformatics Round Table is planned for September 2016.
You are welcome to attend it.

If you need any kind of support using Galaxy Workflows or analyzing
your data, feel free to contact us.

We will be happy to give you advice and assistance for your research.

*The service is currently available inside the hospital - network
a worldwide access of the platform will be provided in the next weeks.




Event Calendar

If you need help how to Login, create content or manage dashboards etc. please take a look at the User's Guide:

Core Facility Net User's Guide (PDF)

Interested in Joining the Network? Contact us!

Medical University of Graz

Dr. Christian Gülly (
Gerhard Hasenberger (
Mag. Andrea Groselj-Strele (

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

PD Dr. Andreas Weinhäusel (


Mag. Dr. Peter Regner (

Medical University of Innsbruck

Dr. Peter Josten (

Medical University of Vienna

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Wojta (

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dieter Klein (