This facility provides flow cytometry analysis, fluorescence activated cell sorting and related services, including consultation for experimental design and data interpretation, to the UMMC research community. A trained operator is available to assist with instrument set-up as well as running and analysis of samples. Before scheduling the first appointment, investigators meet with facility staff to discuss experimental plans to avoid potential pitfalls and optimize the time spent on the machine(s). In addition, a training course consisting of individual help sessions tailored to specific research needs is available upon request.
The Flow Cytometry Core laboratory has two computer workstations that are for use with the FACSymphony Analyzer and BD FACSAria Fusion cell sorter. Each of these computers has BD FACSDiva acquisition and analysis software, and they also have external hard drives to archive data. The flow core has an addition stand-alone computer that has FlowJo software for data analysis.