ShinyAIM: Shiny-based application of interactive Manhattan plots for longitudinal genome-wide association studies

Waseem Hussain, Malachy Campbell, Harkamal Walia, Gota Morota

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Owning to advancements in sensor-based, non-destructive phenotyping platforms, researchers are increasingly collecting data with higher temporal resolution. These phenotypes collected over several time points are cataloged as longitudinal traits and used for genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Longitudinal GWAS typically yield a large number of output files, posing a significant challenge to data interpretation and visualization. Efficient, dynamic, and integrative data visualization tools are essential for the interpretation of longitudinal GWAS results for biologists; however, these tools are not widely available to the community. We have developed a flexible and user-friendly Shiny-based online application, ShinyAIM, to dynamically view and interpret temporal GWAS results. The main features of the application include (a) interactive Manhattan plots for single time points, (b) a grid plot to view Manhattan plots for all time points simultaneously, (c) dynamic scatter plots for p-value-filtered selected markers to investigate co-localized genomic regions across time points, (d) and interactive phenotypic data visualization to capture variation and trends in phenotypes. The application is written entirely in the R language and can be used with limited programming experience. ShinyAIM is deployed online as a Shiny web server application at, enabling easy access for users without installation. The application can also be launched on a local machine in RStudio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00091
JournalPlant Direct
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • ShinyAIM
  • genome-wide association studies
  • interactive visualization
  • longitudinal traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Plant Science


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