The Flow Cytometry Section was established specifically to encourage communication between cytometrists in both clinical and research laboratories.
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The Flow Cytometry Section was formed in 1988. The Committee is made up from a cross section of cytometrists representing research, clinical and industrial aspects of flow cytometry. Collectively, the Committee acts as a point of contact for information and advice. We try to represent a cross-section of disciplines and support our members with a series of educational and scientific meetings throughout the year (meetings, courses and workshops). We are also recognised by the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) as an ‘Associated Society’.
The Committee oversees the running of several well-established meetings.
- An annual week-long course aimed at beginners and those who want to expand their knowledge of flow cytometry. It comprises a two-day introduction to flow cytometry and then three days on either research or clinical applications.
- The Flow Facilities Meeting which is held annually during the first working week of the year.
- FlowcytometryUK, which alternates annually between a one-day meeting and a three-day meeting.
In addition, several one-day focussed meetings are organised when appropriate and in the past these have been on data analysis, cell sorting, and DNA analysis by flow cytometryThese can also be run in collaboration with other Societies e.g. the British Society of Immunology and can be scientific or training courses.
The Flow Cytometry medal is awarded once every two years at the flowcytometryUK meeting, and the aim of this is to celebrate outstanding work applying cytometric techniques in the field of immunology or cell biology. The medal is open to applicants worldwide who have been engaged in independent research for less than 10 years, or are in a tenured academic, or clinical, support role.
Anyone working in the field of cytometry is welcome to come forward with ideas for courses and you are encouraged to contact the section Committee if you would like to help.
Download the Flow Cytometry Section Handbook
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Flow Cytometry Section of the Royal Microscopical Society will take place virtually on 16 November 2020. The day will also include a number of talks given by the Mid-Career Award winners.
All the Society’s AGMs are free to attend for both members and non-members.
If you would like to make a committee member nomination, or if you are interested in joining any of the committees in the future, please contact Allison Winton.
More information can be found on the event homepage - Microscopy: Advances, Innovation, Impact 2020.Download the 2019 Flow Cytometry Section AGM Minutes
Mr Derek Davies
Flow Cytometry Section Chair
The Francis Crick Institute
Derek is the Science Technology Platform (STP) Training lead at the Francis Crick Institute in London. For many years prior to this he ran the flow cytometry core facility at the Crick (and its founder Institutes). His role now involves delivering high-quality education and training in flow cytometry and other technologies to end-users both at the Crick and outside. He co-organises the section’s annual flow cytometry course at the University of York and is active in promotion of cytometry via focussed meetings and other courses. He is one of the principal organisers of flowcytometryUK meetings. Derek is particularly keen to promote cytometry education within the UK and beyond.
Dr Ian Titley
Flow Cytometry Deputy Chair and Representative infocus Editorial Board
Institute of Cancer Research
Ian gained his PhD at King’s College Hospital, London in 1994. From there he moved to the Institute of Cancer Research at South Kensington to run a research flow cytometry facility and moved in 2007 to do the same for the Institute at its Sutton, Surrey campus. He is a member of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer.
Mr Anthony Carter
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
Mr Mark Cheetham
Mark currently looks after the European interests of Propel Labs Inc, a Fort Collins based company developing Flow Cytometry solutions for both individual users and corporate entities. Mark started his Flow Cytometry career in 1984 running a facility at Guy’s Hospital, London. Since then he has worked for Flow Cytometer manufacturers, training and supporting customers as well as launching and marketing new systems. He has been lucky enough to be involved in the development of several successful software, hardware and reagent products. During his career Mark has been very active in the education of both new and advanced Flow Cytometry users. He has participated in many UK and International courses presenting on the principles and applications of Flow Cytometry.
Dr Irene Del Molino Del Barrio
Flow Cytometry Early Career Representative
University College London & King's College London
Irene currently works between UCL and KCL as part of the Cancer ImmunoTherapy Accelerator (CITA) award with Prof. Adrian Hayday, and formerly Dr. Susanne Heck and William Day. Her current role in the consortium is designing flow cytometry immunophenotyping panels to analyse PBMCs of cancer patients and standardise this process to allow for computational analysis across different sites. Previously she worked at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral researcher where she focused on the identification and validation of novel targets and molecules for the treatment of Friedreich's Ataxia. She is particularly interested in educating and promoting flow cytometry to new users
Dr Helen Ferry
University of Oxford
Helen’s interest in flow cytometry began when she was a DPhil student investigating B cell tolerance in autoimmunity. In 2007 Helen became the flow cytometry facility manager for a haematopoietic stem cell group in the WIMM, Oxford. Three years later, she took up her current position as the manager of the Translational Gastroenterology Unit’s flow cytometry facility, based in the John Radcliffe Hospital. Helen is a member of the Oxford Cytometry Club committee.
Dr Andy Filby
Newcastle University Centre for Life
Dr Filby obtained his PhD from the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Mill Hill, London where he studied the role of the Src family kinases Lck and Fyn in T cell function. He is currently head of the Flow Cytometry Core Facilit (FCCF) at Newcastle University leading a dedicated team of flow cytometry specialists with the sole aim of providing a comprehensive, cutting edge cytometry resource to the wider research community at Newcastle University and beyond. A significant part of his focus is the development of novel cytometry-based techniques that have underpinned several high profile publications in journals including Science and Cell. He also received the Cytometry Part A paper of the year accolade in 2011. He specialises in Imaging Flow Cytometry and the use of fluorescence dyes to track cell proliferation. Dr Filby is also an International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) Shared Resource Laboratory Emerging Leader (SRL-EL) and is heavily involved in a number of educational initiatives for cytometry at both national and international levels.
Mr Richard Grenfell
Cancer Research UK
After studying Chemistry at Salford University, Richard worked in the oligonucleotide synthesis group at the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, before changing direction and running the flow cytometry equipment for the LMB for 8 years. Moving to Cancer Research UK, Richard runs the Flow Cytometry core facility at the Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute, at Cambridge University. Richard is involved with local, national and international cytometry groups.
Dr Andrew Herman
University of Bristol
Andy is the Director of the Flow Cytometry Facility at the University of Bristol. He trained as an immunologist after receiving a BS in Microbiology at the University of Maryland and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Virginia. He is involved in teaching and research in his role running a core facility for the users across the university and the wider scientific community.
Dr Gareth Howell
University of Manchester
Gareth is the Flow Cytometry Facility Manager at the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Manchester.
Dr Robert Jepras
Dr Rob Jepras has worked in and led several research teams in both industry and public health. He has spent over 20 years at GSK in the UK working in both Drug Development and Drug Discovery supporting both product development and drug research. Rob currently works in Drug Discovery Sciences at GSK, leading drug discovery and capability projects and supporting pre- candidate drug discovery. Recent work focuses on using high content multi parametric microscopic technologies for phenotyic screening using human disease relevant systems, and the develpoment of microscale technologies (microfluidics/nanowells) to enhance drug discovery efforts.
Mrs Niga Nawroly
Niga is a qualified immunologist from Imperial College London with 10 years’ experience of the management of a successful flow cytometry facility. She has also worked for a number of flow cytometry reagents and instrumentation companies. She is interested in education in flow cytometry either as an organiser or a teacher/trainer. She has been an active member of the Flow Cytometry Committee for a number of years.
Dr Rachael Walker
Rachael is the Head of Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Babraham Institute, Cambridge. The core provides a service to Babraham Institute and biotech companies that are housed on the Babraham Research Campus. She is also very involved with the flow cytometry community, on a local, national and International level. Rachael is one of the principle organisers of the flowcytometryUK biennial meeting and also the Advances in Cytometry meeting.
Rachael has been awarded an ‘Emerging Leader ‘ scholarship from the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC).
Dr Fredrik Wallberg DipRMS
Institute of Cancer Research
Fredrik runs the flow Cytometry Facility at the Chelsea campus of Institute of Cancer Research. He has been the manager since 2006. He is also involved in time lapse microscopy, confocal microscopy and high content microscopy. Before he joined the Institute of cancer research he worked both in Sweden and the Netherlands with flow Cytometry. He has succesfully completed the RMS Diploma in which his project focussed on cell death and time lapse microscopy.