Webinar: BioViz Connect: View your CyVerse data in the Integrated Genome Browser

bioviz connect


11 a.m., Sept. 23, 2022


Webinar Materials

Presentation Slides

Integrated Genome Browser: visual analytics platform for genomics

IGB User's Guide

About the Webinar

Genomic datasets can be vast, making analysis and visualization (and the discoveries that may lie within!) a challenge. If you store your genomic data in CyVerse and use Integrated Genome Browser (IGB), a flexible and free genome browser, to explore and visually analyze your data, life just got sweeter thanks to BioViz Connect! Join us to learn how this custom web app lets you easily view your CyVerse data in the Integrated Genome Browser itself. Nowlan Freese and Karthik Raveendran (UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics and Genomics department), who built BioViz Connect, will demonstrate how to use it and how they built this custom web app on top of the CyVerse Terrain API (pssst, so can you!).

What You'll Learn

  • How to view your CyVerse data in the Integrated Genome Browser with BioViz Connect
  • How to use BioViz Connect to add IGB-specific metadata to your data files to enable visualization
  • How to use the CyVerse Terrain API to build your own custom web app for your project or team

About the Presenters


Nowlan Freese is a research associate in UNC Charlotte's Bioinformatics and Genomics department in the lab of Dr. Ann Loraine. Nowlan focuses on improving genomic visualization through tools including BioViz Connect and the Integrated Genome Browser. He earned his B.A. in Biology at Saint Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, where he became interested in exploring gene pathways. He next moved to South Carolina where he earned his PhD in Biological Sciences for the identification of genes responsible for congenital defects in the rumpless chicken, Araucana. Following graduation Nowlan moved to Germany, where he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology studying root-herbivore interactions in maize. Now back to the States, Nowlan's work focuses on how intragenic methylation can control alternative splicing in rice, and how we can alter methylation to make rice more resistant to abiotic stress. In addition he also leads outreach and training for the Integrated Genome Browser, an open-source program developed in the Loraine lab for exploring genomes and genomic data.


Karthik Raveendran is a PhD student in UNC Charlotte's Department of Computer Science and also a member of Dr. Ann Loraine's Lab. Karthik’s focus is on creating all new tools and techniques for visualizing genomic data. He joined the lab as a Ph.D. student, co-mentored by Dr. Jing Yang. He now researches visualization methods as applied to bioinformatics and genomics. Prior to moving to Charlotte, Karthik worked several years at Ericsson India Global Services as a software developer, where he developed and applied skills up and down the classic stack, from desktop to server. Karthik received his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Amrita School of Engineering in Coimbatore, India, and his Master's in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte.

Find more information about Dr. Ann Loraine's Genome Visualization Lab here.

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