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Rachael in Flow Cytometry Facility

Flow Cytometry Core Facility

The Flow Cytometry Core Facility offers high quality service and state-of-the-art instrumentation to members of Babraham Institute, campus companies and external users

Training Courses

BuildingCyt Training Courses are written by expert flow cytometry core facility managers and delivered by experienced trainers.

The courses are modular and have been designed to build on knowledge from one module to another and are presented as two linked modules.
Trainin course in Flow Cytometry Facility

History of Flow Cytometry at Babraham Institute

There have been flow cytometers on site since the 1980’s. The addition of FACS420 machine in 1982 allowed separation of cell populations using 3 parameters only (forward scatter and 2 fluorescence channels).

The core facility for the Institute was established in 1998 and since then has gone from strength to strength. 
Flow oscilloscope

Scientific Services Building
The core facility moved in April 2014 to brand new bespoke laboratories within Building 580.

This has allowed for a separate analysis and sorting laboratories to be established.

The design of the rooms will allow for expansion in the future. 
Headed by Dr Rachael Walker, the facility's staff have a combined cytometry experience of over 30 years. 
 
Flow Cytometry is a specialist technique that allows quantitative information about cells to be measured. The technique measures each individual cell by passing it through a light source, usually a laser beam.  Cells (and parts of cells) can be labelled with fluorochromes, which will fluoresce after excitation by the laser light and this fluorescence can be detected. It is also possible to measure physical properties of the particles such as light scattering.
 
Within the facility there are both self-use analysers (after training) and cell sorters that are run as a service. 
 
The core facility has benefited from BBSRC funding for capital equipment providing state-of-the art instruments.

Facility Flier

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Facility Members