As the Director, Dr. Perlman is responsible for assisting in the technical oversight and management of the Lurie Core Facility and for advising investigators on experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Dr. Perlman is a professor in Medicine-Rheumatology Division, and was named chief of this division September 1, 2015. His research focus is in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and atherosclerosis. He was previously the Director of the Saint Louis University Flow Cytometry Core Facility. In his role as a director he is responsible for new assay development and for advising investigators on experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation. Along with the manager, Dr. Perlman also provides long term planning for the core.
Suchitra Swaminathan has served as the facility Managing Director since April 2012. With over 12 years’ experience in flow cytometry, Dr. Swaminathan has a firm understanding and expertise in all the essential components of flow cytometry including high-end multi-laser, multi-parametric flow cytometry instrumentation and preparative procedures; and particular expertise in complex multi-parameter flow cytometry with emphasis on phospho-protein detection and other intracellular antigens. This coupled with her clinical experience as well as her doctoral and post-doctoral experience in hematopoietic malignancies provides her with special tools to help guide the facility in fulfilling its role in supporting translational research. Dr. Swaminathan is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the facility, training and advising investigators, providing facility promotional/educational activities, and leading protocol development. Along with the Director, she also provides long term planning for the core.
Paul Mehl is the most recent member of the facility starting in August, 2005. Paul has 15 years of clinical flow cytometry expertise with experience in clinical microbiology and immunology as well. Paul is responsible for the daily operations of the instrumentation and assisting investigators with analysis.
Carolina Ostiguin is the newest member to join the Lurie Flow Core in April 2013. Working in the clinical flow cytometry lab at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Carolina has more than 9 years of clinical flow cytometry experience with additional experience in clinical microbiology and immunology as well. Carolina is responsible for the daily operations of the instrumentation, billing, and assisting investigators with cell sorting and analysis.
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