Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting Facility

Rochelle Diamond, Manager
Ellen Rothenberg, Faculty Advisor

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The Caltech Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting Facility is a multi-user facility which provides expert assistance and advanced instrumentation to researchers for analyzing and separating various types of cells and micro-organisms according to their measurable properties of light scatter and fluorescence.

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The facility is currently equipped with two cell sorters: BD FACSAria IIu cell sorter, capable of analyzing at least 9 colors utilizing 3 lasers (407nm, 488nm, & 633nm), and of carrying out 4-way sorting up to 10,000 cells per second with reliable efficiency and recovery, or 1-way sorting for single-cell cloning into various cell culture plate configurations and an iCyt Mission Technology Reflection (5-laser/9color (UV, 405, 488, 561, and 633nm) cell sorter with one Highly Automated Parallel Sorting (HAPS) module contained in a Baker Sterilguard Advance Biosafety cabinet. The facility also houses two flow cytometers: a Miltenyi Biotec MACSQuant VYB, a 3 laser (405nm, 488nm, 561nm), eight-color non-sorting analyzer and a BD FACSCalibur two-laser (488nm, 633nm) four-color non-sorting analyzer.

The mission of the Caltech Flow Cytometry Cell Sorting Facility is to foster scientific research by providing the expertise, state-of-the-art resources, and training necessary to solve complex biological problems and promote cutting edge research on a fee-for-service basis. The facility strives to provide cost effective analysis and cell separation on several different platforms using a myriad of protocols to enhance the scope and quality of scientific research performed at Caltech.

We encourage investigators to consult with the facility prior to scheduling an appointment to assure the design of the experiment is compatible with the facility resources. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~cellsort.


Rochelle Diamond
Room 206 Kerckhoff, 020 Kerckhoff
Mail Code 156-29
Tel: (626) 395-4947

Prof. Ellen Rothenberg, PI
Room 212 Kerckhoff
Mail Code 156-29
Tel: (626) 395-4992