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School of the Biological Sciences

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Flow cytometry is a powerful tool that provides rapid analysis of cells in solution through optical signalling and light detection. Flow cytometry is most widely used in mammalian biology, however the technique can be applied to almost any particle with useful optical properties including bacteria, viruses, subcellular organelles, and artificial particles, for example, polystyrene beads bearing ligands or antibodies.

Flow cytometry has applications in immunology, molecular biology, bacteriology, virology, cancer biology and infectious disease monitoring.

Flow Cytometry at the Department of Pathology


The facility has available not only a few classical flow cytometers (cell sorters and analysers) but also a full spectrum analyser.


Cell Sorters

  • Beckman Coulter MoFlo Astrios (5 lasers, 19 detectors)
  • BD Aria III (4 lasers, 16 detectors)
  • BD Aria IIu (3 lasers, 9 detectors)


  • Cytek Biosciences Aurora (5 lasers, full spectrum analyser) 
  • Thermo Fischer Attune NxT (4 lasers, 14 detectors)
  • Beckman Coulter CytoFLEX S (4 lasers, 13 parameters) 
  • BD LSR II (4 lasers, 17 parameters)


The facility is based in the Department of Pathology (see map)


Flow Cytometry Facility Manager: Joana Cerveira


Access and Training

The Flow Cytometry Facility is open to all members of the University and also to commercial users from biotech companies. In house training provided.

More information and bookings