Flow Cytometry

Midlands Flow Cytometry Group

Established in 2015 our vision is to bring together expertise in flow cytometry from across the Midlands and increase the awareness of facilities available to all Midlands Innovation institutions.

Flow cytometry is a technique used to detect and measure physical and chemical characteristics of a population of cells or particles. A sample containing cells or particles is suspended in a fluid and injected into the flow cytometer instrument. The sample is focused to ideally flow one cell at a time through a laser beam and the light scattered is characteristic to the cells and their components. Cells are often labelled with fluorescent markers so that light is first absorbed and then emitted in a band of wavelengths. Tens of thousands of cells can be quickly examined and the data gathered are processed by a computer. In the Midlands we use flow cytometry: in plant science to examine ploidy levels and cell cycle analysis in plants to improve crop yield; to examine thrombi in infection; and to study antibody secreting cells in Dengue virus infection.

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Our committee consists of:

  • Aston University: Dr Jill Johnson
  • University of Birmingham: Adriana Flores-Langarica
  • De Montford University: Dr Naomi Martin
  • Keele University: Dr Alan Richardson
  • University of Leicester: Jenny Hincks and Prof David Cousins
  • Loughborough University: Dr Christof Leicht 
  • University of Nottingham: Dr Lucy Fairclough (Chair) and David Onion
  • University of Warwick: Dr Dan Hebenstreit

Our annual event attracts over 150 researchers from across Midlands Innovation. It showcases research undertaken with flow cytometry and provides training opportunities.

Midlands Innovation is providing funding to build a comprehensive training programme. This will further support learning and development in Flow Cytometry techniques in the region.

Dr Lucy Fairclough, Chair of the Flow Cytometry group

 

Please keep an eye on our Events page for information being released in due course about the 2020 Midlands Innovation Annual Flow Cytometry Conference

In the future we are looking to build on our collaboration by establishing some collaborative training for early career researchers who use Flow Cytometry. Further details of this will be posted shortly.

For more information please contact Lucy Fairclough lucy.fairclough@nottingham.ac.uk