Flow Cytometry

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 MI institutions. Our annual flow cytometry conference attracts over 150 researchers from across the MI group showcasing vital research undertaken with flow cytometry and provides fantastic training opportunities.

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(UoN facilities)

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.

The Midlands Innovation Flow Cytometry Committee consists of:

Aston University Jill Johnson

University of Birmingham  Adriana Flores-Langarica

Cranfield University Francis Hassard

De Montfort University Naomi Martin

University of Keele Alan Richardson

University of Leicester David Cousins

Loughborough University Christof Leicht

University of Nottingham Lucy Fairclough (contact as the Chair of the committee) and David Onion (contact for training and events queries)

University of Warwick Dan Hebenstreit

Follow us on Twitter @miflowgroup and join our Facebook Group to post questions to, interact with and learn from flow cytometrists across the region

Please keep an eye on the Events page for information being released about the 2022 Midlands Innovation Annual Flow Cytometry Conference

Please visit https://www.miflowcytometrygroup.org/ for abstracts from previous conferences