Taverna can connect to a wide variety of bioinformatics resources and has been successfully applied to a number of bioinformatics problems, listed below according to their sub-domains. Bioinformatics services and resources

Bioinformatics systems/tools using Taverna:


Gene and genome expression

Protein and proteomics

Biology and systems biology


Researchers at the Italian National Institute for Cancer Research Genoa (IST) have developed a Bioinformatics Workflow Enactment Portal called BioWEP.

The portal allows registered users to search for or select from a set of specified Taverna workflows. The workflow can be enacted by entering input values into a form. During enaction, the user can either wait for the result, or for longer running workflows, visit the portal later. The results of the enactment can be downloaded for external visualization.


The Biowep: a workflow enactment portal for bioinformatics applications by Romano et al gives an overview of the intent and design of Biowep.


The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Environmental Bioinformatics Centre release BioLinux, an installation of Ubuntu Linux that includes many bioinformatics programs.

Among the programs included in the BioLinux distribution is Taverna.
The suite of programs are also available for installation on pre-existing Linux systems.


People from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC in the Netherlands are using Taverna for analysis of mass spectrometry data in proteomics.

They presented a poster at the 2011 ASMS (the American Society for Mass Spectrometry) Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics.

Please contact Dr. Magnus Palmblad for more details.

Measuring enzyme characteristics of yeast

The Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (MCISB) is in the process of measuring the kinetic and binding constants associated with enzyme reactions in metabolic pathways in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Quantitative models of these metabolic pathways are being integrated with transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data by workflows that have been constructed and enacted using Taverna.


A poster by Peter Li describing the systems biology workflows was presented at the International Conference of Systems Biology 2006 and he has written several publications about the work.

Many of the workflows make use of Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) as described in the paper Automated manipulation of systems biology models using libSBML within Taverna workflows by Li et al.

An example workflow using SBML is available on myExperiment.