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Flow cytometry training

Venue: Department of Pathology Level 3 (map)
Dates: 8th October 2018 onwards
Times: Mondays 9:25 am
Credits: 1

If Mondays are inconvenient, the course might be rescheduled to suit.

To book a place please e-mail Nigel Miller at

Nigel Miller from the Department of Pathology runs short introductory talks on Flow Cytometry on Mondays throughout each term. The sessions are designed so that an individual only needs to attend the session once, but practical demonstrations and further training can be arranged on request.

If you are interested, please email Nigel tries to arrange the sessions so that researchers with common subject areas can attend the same session, rather than trying to cover all topics for all researchers each time. If you know a group of researchers with similar needs, then you may all be able to attend the same session.

Each talk will last about 60-75 minutes and will be for a maximum of eight, each week.


Topics covered

  1. The cell. Light scattering parameters. Classes 1,2,3,and 4 safety.
  2. Morphological and Genetic differences. Parasitology (Toxoplasma, Plasmodium, Perkinsus and Trypanosomes)
  3. Lasers that produce enough power to visualize 100,000 cells/sec.
  4. Fluidics. Sheath fluid and sample are in co-axial flow.
  5. A typical analytical cytometer. FACScan,Cytek FACSCan and Cyan. Parameters, fluorochromes and filters*
  6. A typical sorting (MoFlo) cytometer. 5 laser Astrios. Setting up*
  7. Bone marrow. Identification of cell types. Stem cells. (Sca 1 and c kit ). *
  8. Sample preparation. Mechanism of flow sorting. Compensation. *
  9. Data analysis and statistics
  10. FSC,SSC and Propidium Iodide ( PI ), 7AAD,DAPI,live/dead *
  11. Cell cycle. Relative merits of PI, Hoechst 33342,Sytox Green and DRAQ5  for DNA analysis. Plant and animal. *
  12. Cell surface (e.g. T and B lymphocytes) markers and isotypes controls.*
  13. Apoptosis. Learn to discriminate between Apoptosis,necrosis and Oncosis. AnnexinV, JC1,Hoechst and caspases. *
  14. The SP phenotype using Hoechst 33342. *
  15. Sorting x and y spermatozoa with Hoechst 33342.
  16. Chromosomes. Hoechst 33258 (AT) and Chromomycin A3 (GC)
  17. Ca  ++ kinetics using Indo-1. *
  18. F.R.E.T. (fluorescence resonance electron transfer) CFP/YFP.
  19. Cell proliferation using C.F.S.E. *
  20. Pollen and chromosome crossover. Oligodendrocyte pre-cursor cells
  21. From 20nm (Q dots) to 100u (2 cell mouse embryos-Legacy only).
  22. Double emulsions
  23. Publications,tutorials and useful websites
  24. The future- Cytof, Amnis Imagestream, Accuri (BD) C6, Moxi Flow.

*   Plus practical modules on  requested topics; e mail Nigel