Flow Cytometry is a fast and multiparametric technology of great value in the study of immune responses in the context of cancer. It allows for the identification, quantification and isolation of defined subpopulations of cells, based on the levels of expression of fluorescent markers and their relation to each other at the single cell level.
Our aim is to provide the CNIO Groups with technical and scientific advice on the use of flow cytometry, collaborating with them in the design, acquisition, data analysis and interpretation.
We currently have 3 polychromatic flow cytometers and 1 spectral cytometer, plus 3 high-speed cell sorters with different optical configurations to cater our users’ needs. We also have an automated magnetic bead separation system and a tissue homogeniser to standardise sample preparation. Users operate the analytical cytometers upon appropriate training, and the Unit staff operate the Unit cell sorters, which can separate up to 4- or 6- defined populations simultaneously, as well as perform single cell cloning and index sorting. We can accept human samples to sort under BSL2 regulations.