Core Facility Flow Cytometry BMC

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For new users

Here are the steps to become a user:

  • Meet/contact the Core Facility staff. Together we will figure out if service or training to become an autonomous user is best for you, and which instruments are best suited and have capacity for your research question. 
  • Download the Terms of Use from below (or from the PPMS system if you already have an account) and read them. The future user and his/her Principal Investigator (the one who is paying the usage fees) need to sign the confirmation, and hand it back to the facility staff, latest at the first appointment.
  • Request an account for the online booking system PPMS.
    If you are already registered with any of the other core facilities within the BMC (Proteomics, Bioimaging, Biophysics), you do NOT need to register again.
    In case your Group account does not exist in the system yet, the Pricipal Investigator has to request the Group account. Wait until you receive confirmation before you proceed. 

After you have become a user:
  • Services should be requested via the PPMS system (=> 'Order').
  • Training for the use of sorters can only be done for users experienced in flow cytometry, and only if they require a considerable number of sorts. For a few sorts we offer the service option.
    If you are new to flow cytometry, participation in a classroom/theory training is a prerequisite. 

    have to be requested via the PPMS system (=> 'Request').
    First we will do an initial training session together (ca. 1h for analyzers; 3h for sorters; no samples). For this practical session facility staff and the user will schedule a training session on the respective instrument.
    When the initial training is completed the user can plan for sample sorts, starting with booking of 'assisted sessions' which we schedule together beforehand. During these sessions it will be made sure that the user can follow the guidelines for instrument handling, and uses the best settings for his/her samples. It is solely the staff's decision when the user is ready for autonomous use of the instrument(s). 

Please note: 

  • Using the core facility equipment is subject to usage fees. Cancellation policy applies (see FAQ). Booking and not using the instrument (no-show) is also subject to fees.
  • Any use of Core Facility resources must be appropriately acknowledged in publications and these reported to the staff/facility. See Terms of Use below for further details.
  • Important: Please note that you cannot bring other people to the facility. Everybody that uses the equipment of the Core Facility or generates data there has to acknowledge the Terms of Use, and get laser and biosafety training as required.