Fall Flow-a-Palooza!

Join us Oct 3/4 for a fantastic fall flow event!!


Oct 3: Intro to Flow Cytometry course

Oct 4: Forensic Flow Cytometry and Multi-colour Panel Design- Tips and Tricks for troubleshooting your flow experiments and improving your staining panels

FEATURING JENNIFER WILSHIRE, internationally renowned flow cytometry educator!

Fortessa X20 upgrade complete!!

Good afternoon all!

Exciting news in the Flow Core today- the long awaited upgrade on the Fortessa X20 is complete. This upgrade expands the capacity of the violet laser and adds a UV laser to the instrument. A schematic of the new configuration is attached.
For those already using the instrument, please ensure you use the new configuration (September 2016) when you duplicate any experiments created on the previous configuration.
For those of you wanting to use the upgraded instrument, please contact the Flow Core staff to set up a Diva account.
If you there are any questions about the configuration/ upgrade, please don’t hesitate to contact the Flow Core.

Flow Cytometry workshop day!

Monday, May 16- Join us for a day of Flow Cytometry learning hosted by FoMD Flow and Beckman Coulter

Where: 6-003 A/B Katz Centre

When: 10:30am-4pm

Topics to include:
Topic 1: Fluorescence theory
Topic 2: Basics of instrumentation
Topic 3: Sorting 101
Topic 4: Image cytometry
Topic 5: Compensation theory
Topic 6: Controls in flow cytometry
Topic 7: Tips and tricks for intracellular staining
Topic 8: Resources available at the FoMD flow core
Please RSVP to aja@ualberta.ca
Hope to see you there!


Workshop- April 29

Friday, April 29 we will be hosting our first workshop: Publishing Flow Data


When: Friday April 29

Where: 652 HMRC

Time: 2-3pm


The workshop will be capped at 20 people to facilitate good discussion. Please RSVP to aja@ualberta.ca




Intro to Flow Course- winter 2016

Back by popular demand!

Register early to ensure your spot.

On Monday, January 25 at 1 pm the FoMD flow core will be hosting our Introduction to Flow Cytometry course! Whether you’re new to flow or want a refresher, come out and join us!

If interested or for more information, please email Aja Rieger at aja@ualberta.ca.

Topics covered will include:
  • Applications of flow cytometry
  • How does a flow cytometer work?
  • Sorting 101
  • Imaging and flow
  • Choosing fluorochromes and the basics of compensation
  • Controls- why do I need them and how do I choose them?
  • Quality assurance and quality control in flow cytometry
  • Data analysis principles and software

When: Monday, January 25, 2016; 1-4 pm

Where: Katz 6-003 A and B (course will be capped at 30)

To register, please email aja@ualberta.ca with your name, lab, and level of studies (i.e. undergrad, technician, etc.).


New online panel design software

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Looking for a software to help you design your flow cytometry panel? Well look no further!

Fluorish Panel Builder is a free software (Mac and PC compatible) that assists in panel design. It takes the pain out of searching databases to determine available antigen/fluorochrome combinations- and even selects fluorochromes that work with your instrument configuration. All configurations for the FoMD flow core units have been uploaded- so by joining our core, you can customize your panel to the unit(s) you use!

Other added features:

  • Compare and select antibodies from various companies (and can choose which companies to search)
  • Get pricing and ordering information
  • Can create a lab inventory of antibodies
  • Save and share your panels
  • Create panels for a wide range of species (mouse, human, rat, fish, frog, primate, and more!)
  • Not just for antibodies- also for all fluorescent dyes

For more information or to download your free version, check out the website today!


And for those of you interested in other new technologies, reagents, and software, check out Expert Cytometry’s Top Flow Cytometry Instruments, Reagents & Software To Look Forward To In 2015 (1st Annual List) 



Finally, to make your panel design even easier, check out Tonbo BioScience Ready-Set-Flow! Backbone Panels here today!

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