Welcome to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core Facility
The Lurie Flow Core will begin a phased reopening of the facility during the first three weeks of June 2020. During these phases we will be limiting occupancy in each lab space to observe social distancing guidelines. In addition, face masks will be required at all times in all labs and common areas of the core. Detailed guidelines for facility use will be updated and posted on this website; and a brief summary on NU Core. Flow Core instrument and service status will also be updated on a continual basis on this website. Please contact Suchitra Swaminathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or concerns.
The recognition of the complexity of flow cytometric analysis has caused many journals and granting organizations to scrutinize flow data. Thus the core flow lab is becoming an important research resource as well as service provider and a prudent investment for academic institutions. The challenge for the academic core facility is to meet both the scientific and technical mission by providing high quality services in a cost-effective and timely manner. Serving 220+ investigators on the Chicago and Evanston Campuses, with 7 cell sorters and 5 benchtop analyzers including 1 sorter and 2 analyzers with state-of-the-art high-parameter capabilities, we have developed a paradigm to balance productivity with quality to minimize the cost per research project, keep overall costs contained, and provide the necessary scientific support. Central to this paradigm is a close working relationship with investigators to define their projects in the early stages of development to make optimal and efficient use of flow cytometry. In addition to high quality and well maintained instrumentation, success of this approach requires focused efforts in three major areas: 1) education of ALL users (faculty and staff) in the science and technology of flow cytometry, 2) active involvement in the scientific development of the project, 3) continuing education for core staff.
ALL MANUSCRIPTS AND GRANTS PRESENTING WORK SUPPORTED BY THIS CORE (EITHER CELL SORTING OR ANALYSIS) SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This work was supported by the Northwestern University – Flow Cytometry Core Facility supported by Cancer Center Support Grant (NCI CA060553).
IN ADDITION ALL MANUSCRIPTS AND GRANTS INVOLVING CELL SORTING SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Flow Cytometry Cell Sorting was performed on a BD FACSAria SORP system and BD FACSymphony S6 SORP system, purchased through the support of NIH 1S10OD011996-01 and 1S10OD026814-01.