The rapid technological development in flow cytometry is driven by the growing need for methods that are capable to unravel complex immunological networks on a single cell basis. Multi laser, multicolor flow cytometers are state of the art to identify and characterize regulatory T-cells, tissue specific T-cells and antigen presenting cells and Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) is still one of the most prominent techniques to physically separate these cells and make them available to subsequent techniques for a detailed functional and genomic analysis.
The Flow Cytometry Core Facility (FCCF) provides a shared resource infrastructure for successful research and discovery, as well as optimized use of technically challenging equipment. Access to centralized technical support, high quality assurance, and specialized training removes the typical barriers to use advanced technologies and eliminates redundant validation of reagents, optimization of protocols and troubleshooting. Furthermore the FCCF will offer educational activities as stand-alone opportunities or as part of the existing graduate and professional programs, provide technical training, and conduct research that enables development of the next generation of state-of-the-art flow cytometry technology.