Welcome to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core Facility
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 175+ investigators on the Chicago and Evanston Campuses, with 3 cell sorters and 4 benchtop analyzers with 16+ color 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 SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This work was supported by the Northwestern University Flow Cytometry Facility and a Cancer Center Support Grant (NCI CA060553).