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Keywords : dose response modelling / benchmark dose (BMD) / environmental risk assessment / transcriptomics / proteomics / metabolomics / toxicogenomics / multi-omics


DRomics is a freely available on-line tool for dose-response (or concentration-response) characterization from omics data. It is especially dedicated to omics data obtained using a typical dose-response design, favoring a great number of tested doses (or concentrations, at least 6, and the more the better) rather than a great number of replicates (no need of three replicates). After a first optional step which consists to import, check and if needed normalize/transform the data (step 1), the aim of the proposed workflow is to select monotonic and/or biphasic significantly responsive items (e.g. probes, metabolites) (step 2), to choose the best-fit model among a predefined family of monotonic and biphasic models to describe the response of each selected item (step 3), and to derive a benchmark dose or concentration from each fitted curve (step 4).

In the available version, DRomics supports single-channel microarray data (in log2 scale), RNAseq data (in raw counts), metabolomics data or other continuous omics data and continuous anchoring data (for continuous omics or anchoring data, in log scale or a scale that enables the use of a normal error model).

The package

The limma and DESeq2 packages from Bioconductor must be installed for the use of DRomics:

if (!requireNamespace("BiocManager", quietly = TRUE))

BiocManager::install(c("limma", "DESeq2"))

The stable version of DRomics can be installed from CRAN using:


The development version of DRomics can be installed from GitHub (remotes needed):

if (!requireNamespace("remotes", quietly = TRUE))


Finally load the package in your current R session with the following R command:


The vignette

A vignette is attached to the DRomics package.

The development version of the pdf of this vignette can be see here.

This vignette can be reached by:


Note that, by default, the vignette is not installed when the package is installed through GitHub. The following command (rather long to execute because of the large size of the vignette) will allow you to access the vignette of the development version of the package you installed from GitHub:

remotes::install_github("aursiber/DRomics", build_vignettes = TRUE)

The shiny app

DRomics-shiny can be run on a R session, doing:

shiny::runApp(system.file("DRomics-shiny", package = "DRomics"))

or online at:

This shiny app is runing with the development version of DRomics.

Authors & Contacts

If you have any need that is not yet covered, any feedback on the package / Shiny app, or any training needs, feel free to email us at .

Issues can be reported on .


If you use Dromics, you should cite: Larras F, Billoir E, Baillard V, Siberchicot A, Scholz S, Wubet T, Tarkka M, Schmitt-Jansen M and Delignette-Muller ML (2018). DRomics : a turnkey tool to support the use of the dose-response framework for omics data in ecological risk assessment. Environmental Science & Technology.

You can find this article at:

You can also look at the following citation for a complete example of use: Larras F, Billoir E, Scholz S, Tarkka M, Wubet T, Delignette-Muller ML, Schmitt-Jansen M (2020). A multi-omics concentration-response framework uncovers novel understanding of triclosan effects in the chlorophyte Scenedesmus vacuolatus. Journal of Hazardous Materials.

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