I lead WEHI’s flow cytometry laboratory, providing key technology for the study of biological systems at the Institute.
Flow cytometric technology relies on tagging cells with up to 18 different fluorescent markers that can be distinguished by electronic detectors – similar to our eyes detecting different colours.
Cell sorters are important instruments in flow cytometry laboratories. These can physically separate up to six different populations of cells simultaneously according to the markers on the cells. Cell sorters can identify and separate very rare populations of cells.
Separating cells of interest gives our scientists the opportunity to study a particular type of cell in isolation. This provides an immense boost to many aspects of the Institute’s research.