CYTO U Upcoming Webinars
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Handling Challenging Samples within an SRL Core

Wednesday, October 16th at 12 pm EST

Presented by

Nicole Poulton

Director, Facility for Aquatic Cytometry -- ISAC SRL Emerging Leader 2017

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences


Rachael Sheridan

Director, Flow Cytometry Core

Van Andel Institute, USA

Moderated by

Kathryn Fox

Instrument Technologist, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Laboratory



About the Faculty

Nicole Poulton

Nicole Poulton is Research Scientist and Director of the Facility for Aquatic Cytometry at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine.  Her research uses both flow and imaging cytometry to identify and examine viruses, bacteria and plankton from natural environments. She works primarily with samples from natural communities, ranging from lakes and oceans, to hyper-saline ponds, sediments, soil, and mineral rich hot springs. She is an active educator and trains cytometrists, students and scientists interested in learning aquatic and environmental cytometric techniques.  Nicole received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.

Rachael Sheridan

Rachael is the Director of the Flow Cytometry Core facility at the Van Andle Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI. Her core supports a wide array of biomedical research ranging from immunology and metabolism to neurodegenerative disease and cancer. She works with samples originating from multiple tissue types as either whole cells or isolated nuclei and is always excited to try something new. Before moving to Grand Rapids, Rachael trained at the University of Wisconsin—Madison Carbone Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core where she discovered her passion for flow cytometry and education.  


Webinar Summary

Life in a Shared Resource Flow Cytometry Laboratory (SRL) is always dynamic. In addition to routine samples, we are often faced with challenging and unique samples. In research settings these could be anything from subcellular organelles, such as, nuclei and mitochondria, debris-ridden tissue preps, or non-mammalian organisms including plant cells, plankton, as well as, bacteria and viruses. Each of these samples present unique challenges to the SRL cytometrist. In this tutorial we will discuss and present our experiences working with these samples in both a biomedical and aquatic cytometry core facility, and provide some approaches and tips to keep in mind when you confront these types of samples.  We will address some of the following issues:

  • What types of samples can be analyzed by flow cytometry (biomedical to environmental)?
  • Why are SRLs observing more challenging samples?
  • How do operators prepare samples for cytometric analysis?
  • What steps should be considered during instrument setup?
  • Is autofluorescence a friend or foe?


Learning Objectives

This webinar and discussion will provide participants with a better understanding of how to handle and prepare for different types of samples as the biomedical field expands, and use of a core facility changes.  We will provide a link to a "tips and tricks" webpage addressing how to handle a variety of samples. 


Who Should Attend

SRL Core employees and researchers interested in working with non-traditional samples within a research or core facility setting.


Formats Available: Streaming, Live Webcast, Live Webcast + Streaming
Original Seminar Date: October 16, 2019
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

Approved Credit:
  • ASCP: 1 hour CMLE

  • Topics & Pricing InformationTopics & Pricing Information Handling Challenging Samples within an SRL Core
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    Data Analysis Rigor and Reproducibility - Part 3 - Presentation and Publication of Data

    Tuesday October 22nd, 2019 at 12 pm EST

    Presented by

    Aja Rieger

    Flow Core Manager

    University of Alberta

    Andrew Filby

    Cytometry Core Director

    Newcastle University


    Dr Aja Rieger Bio

    Dr Rieger graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc Honours in Immunology and Infection. She then obtained a MSc in neuroimmunology from McGill University. Following this, Aja returned to the University of Alberta for her PhD studies in comparative immunology, researching the role of macrophages in initiating and resolving inflammation in goldfish. She then moved to University of California- Berkeley for her post-doctoral fellowship in neuro-immunology. In her current role as the Flow Core Manager at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Aja oversees the operations of both the Flow Cytometry Facility and the High Content Analysis Core. Here she manages a team of cytometry technologists, with a specialty in imaging flow cytometry assay development. Aja is currently an ISAC SRL Emerging Leader (2017-2022).

    Dr Andrew Filby Bio

    Dr Filby graduated summa cum laude from the University of Huddersfield with a 1st class honours in Biochemistry.  After graduating, he undertook a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mill Hill, London.  He worked on the Src family kinases LCK and Fyn in adaptive immunity obtaining his PhD in molecular and cellular immunology from University College London (UCL).  Dr Filby remained in the immunological field at the NIMR, working as a post-doctoral researcher on models of retroviral infection.  He then worked for a short time in the commercial sector before taking up the deputy head role of the cytometry core at the London Research Institute (now the Francis Crick).  Dr Filby is currently director of the Newcastle University Cytometry and Single Cell Core Technology Unit.  He leads a dedicated team of cytometry specialists with the sole aim of developing and implementing comprehensive, cutting edge cytometry methods for the wider research community at Newcastle University and beyond.  A significant part of his focus is the development of novel cytometry-based techniques that have underpinned several high profile publications in journals including Science (2012, 2017 and 2018), Cell (2013) and Nature (2018).  His current research is focused on whether label-free imaging cytometry techniques can be used to refine or replace the need for directed probes in order to prove cellular identity.

    Webinar Summary

    This webinar will give an overview of the current guidelines for publishing flow data with a high level of rigor. We will discuss publication of both standard flow cytometry data, as well as imaging cytometry, mass cytometry, and genomic cytometry data sets.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand MIFlowCyt guidelines for publishing flow cytometry data
    • Best practices for communicating cytometry data in publications
    • Key points to include in any methods section toward reproducibility
    • Data repositories

    Who Should Attend

    Anyone interested in publishing high quality, rigorous flow cytometry data.

    Formats Available: On-Demand Only, Live Webcast + Streaming
    Original Seminar Date: October 22, 2019
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

    Approved Credit:
  • ASCP: 1 hour CMLE

  • Topics & Pricing InformationTopics & Pricing Information Data Analysis Rigor and Reproducibility - Part 3 - Presentation and Publication of Data