The University of Chicago Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Welcome to the Flow Cytometry Service Laboratory 


News from the flow lab

09-11-17 The Fortessa X20 5-18 is operational. It's actually awesome. Contact the staff if you have any questions about the new instrument.


09-11-17 We are introducing the FCS Express sessions. Those 60min sessions will be offered once or twice a week to help you get started with the new analysis software. The topic and structure will change from one session to the next: one day we might focus on a specific feature of the software, while we might jump around various topics another day. All of the sessions will be held in room R023 of the BSLC, but the time will change, so keep an eye on the new CAT Facility Training and Seminars schedule.



The next Flow Basics class will be held on September 20th, then October 4th at 10AM, room R023 of the BSLC building.

New user

Welcome to the flow cytometry service laboratory.  The first step you will need to complete to use our services will be to create your account on the iLab scheduler - there is a Sign Up link at the top right of this page.


Once you are logged in the scheduler, you will be able to select the service you need.



To run your samples on a benchtop analyzers, go to Schedule Equipment, then select the Benchtop Analyzers, the Image Stream Mark II or the Multiplex schedule and reserve your time.  You will need to go through the training sessions before we allow you to use the instruments on your own.

To have the flow lab staff run your samples on an instrument on your behalf, go to Request Services and fill out the drop-off form.  No training is required.


Cell sorting

To use a cell sorter, go to Schedule Equipment and book time on the Cell Sorter: BD FACSAria schedule.  The staff will operate the instrument, so no training is necessary.



The flow lab offers training of each of our instruments.  You can request training on the scheduler by going to Request Services and filling out the Equipment training request. 


Data transfer

All data coming from our instrument will transfer through the flow lab server. Contact the lab to get the credentials.



Anne Sperling, PhD. | Faculty Director


Phone: (773) 834-1211


David Leclerc, M.A. | Technical Director


Phone: (773) 702-9212


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Assisted Services: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Unassisted/Self Use: 24/7


Room R022

Links and Resources

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Name Role Phone Email Location
Anne Sperling, PhD.
Faculty Director, FCF.
(773) 834-1211

David Leclerc MSc
Technical Director
(773) 702-5582

Michael Olson
Lab Manager
(773) 702-9212

Mandel Davis
Research Specialist
(773) 702-9212

Bert Ladd
Research Specialist
(773) 702-9212