Flow Cytometry Education

Upcoming Seminar(s)

  • ImageStream - Virtual (only) seminar on May 31st, 2023 at 12:00pm.

  • Register/get Zoom link here:  http://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VCnLb7qbiM1qyG
  • Topics are Experimental Design and Data Analysis (can influence somewhat if you sign up early enough and express your preferences...)
  • Coming soon: ImageStream Advanced topic hybrid seminar, July 11, 2023, "lunchtime."  Specifics will be announced when it gets closer.
  • Coming Soon: ImageStream Workshop, July 11-12, 2023 (6 slots open).  1 "slot" = 1 project or lab to work on experimental troubleshooting, experiment design, or data analysis with an expert from Cytek.  (Cytek recently bought Luminex, which owns Amnis, which makes the ImageStream.)

Conventional Flow Cytometry

Spectral Flow Cytometry

  • Cytek (Aurora) Biosciences Resource Page
  • Cytek Cloud - Good place for spectral panel design for Auroras (all of ours are 5 laser).  Can even save an experiment template to save time setting up at the machine!  Account is free.
  • Aurora Training Course
  • This is an EXCELLENT course on spectral flow cytometry by the University of Chicago's Cytology and Antibody Technology facility.

Chip Cytometry Resources

  1. Do a PubMed search for papers using the following terms: multiplex imaging, chipcytometry (one word), etc...
  2. Look for papers that use the ZellScanner, your tissue type (frozen or paraffin embedded), species, and tissue of interest (if possible).
  3. Check out the methods section for a table of antibodies used, with concentrations, which you will use as a STARTING POINT for your project.
  4. Note that the Canopy ZellScanner Publications/Webinar Page also lets you search publications.
  5. If you can't find an example of someone using your antibody on the ZellScanner, don't despair, email the Flow Core and we can assist you.  
  • Data Analysis Resources
  • You're going to want to analyze your data in QuPath (free), which is based on ImageJ, but is designed for large images, including those from multiplex experiments.
  • Download QuPath from https://qupath.github.io/  For best results, install it on a workstation, as opposed to an underpowered desktop or laptop.  We have a copy on the analysis computer if needed.
  • Note the VALUABLE resource links under the download link on the QuPath page, including the forum, docs, YouTube channel, etc...  An excellent video to start with is this one: https://youtu.be/WTAgXpuuqNY  Be sure to look at the valuable links in that video description as well.

Data Analysis Resources

  • Flowjo
  • Note: no account needed to view educational/reference materials.  Flowjo can be used to analyze spectral and conventional flow data.
  • Flowjo Courses
  • Webinars Scroll down to "Recorded Webinars" if you aren't able to attend a live one. 
  • Flowjo Excange Download various (free) plugins here.  Especially recommended are: FlowAI, FlowSOM, ClusterExplorer, and check out ezDAFI.  Recommended dimensional reduction plugins in addition to TSNE (which is now part of Flowjo), UMAP, FitSNE (faster TSNE)
  • The support staff at Flowjo is very responsive and helpful.  Feel free email them with questions about the software, plugin installation, or the plugins themselves: flowjo@bd.com
  • Check out the next section as well for background on dimensional reduction. Most tools mentioned are now available as Flowjo plugins.
  • IDEAS - software manual for ImageStream Analysis

Flow Cytometry BootCamp Series - Lisa Borghesi (Fall 2021)

Unified Flow Core Seminars