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UTHealth Flow Cytometry Service Center

Overview of Services

The IMM Flow Cytometry Service Center is located on the sixth floor of the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building (SRB 617) and maintains two instruments available to the public, a BD FACSAria II and a BD FACSCalibur. A third instrument, BD LSRFortessa, is located in the Medical School Expansion Building (MSE R303). The BD LSR II and BD FACSMelody instruments are for internal use only. 

These specialized instruments allow researchers to evaluate a large number of samples at the cellular level in a short time frame. The Core offers FACS acquisition and analysis, cell sorting, and consultation for experimental design, interpretation and troubleshooting.

The Flow Cytometry Service Unit is committed to the continuing development of biological research and provides training, instrumentation, technical expertise, data analysis and interpretation for many IBC approved studies.

 Services provided: 

  • Assisted and Unassisted data acquisition
  • Assisted and Unassisted cell sorting
  • Sorting for Single cell deposition (eg. 96 well plate) 
  • Post acquisition data analysis (FlowJo, Diva, Kaluza) 
  • Experimental design assistance including panel design, controls, etc. 
  • Troubleshooting
  • Training to become an unassisted users

All investigators are encouraged to meet with core staff to discuss the experiment prior to scheduling to discuss panel design, appropriate controls, technical limitations, etc.

The FCSC offers training for both new and experienced investigators. Depending on the level of prior knowledge and the intended frequency of use of the equipment, the training plan is tailored to the specifically to the individual’s needs.

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

24/7 for trained individuals     

Room 617 (6th floor)

1825 Pressler Street

Houston, TX 77030 

Training Policies

BD Calibur:

If you require training, please contact to schedule a training date before your desired experiment time.


ALL sorts/analysis are required to be assisted if you have not been previously trained by a core staff member.  If you expect to use the Aria II often (more than once a week), please inquire about training.


Links and Resources


Basic Training tutorials:


Spectrum Viewers:


Panel Building tools:


Basic Protocols:


No Lyse Whole Blood:




Cell Cycle:




Cytometry BOOK:



Name Role Phone Email Location
Ville Meretoja, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
SRB 617
Amy Hazen, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Minh Vo
Financial Analyst
SRB 205