Open International Flow Facilities Forum - Covid, One Year On

30 September 2021


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A joint meeting of FlowcytometryUK and the RMS.

This is a follow up meeting to the  Virtual FlowcytometryUK Facility Meeting to establish safe working practices in the COVID-19 era and the Virtual FlowcytometryUK Open Facilities Forums which took place in 2020.

Further information will be added soon.

Scientific Organisers

  • Mr Derek Davies

    Flow Cytometry Section Vice 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 Peter O'Toole

    RMS Vice President

    University of York
    Peter heads the Imaging and Cytometry Labs within the Technology Facility at the University of York which includes an array of confocal microscopes, flow cytometers and electron microscopes. Peter gained his PhD in the Cell Biophysics Laboratory at the University of Essex and has been involved in many aspects of fluorescence imaging. Research is currently focused on both technology and method development of novel probes and imaging modalities. 

    Peter has ongoing collaborations with many leading microscopy and cytometry companies and his group also provides research support to many academics and commercial organisations. Peter is also heavily involved with teaching microscopy and flow cytometry which includes organising and teaching on both the RMS Light Microscopy Summer School and the RMS Practical Flow Cytometry courses.

  • Dr Rachael Walker

    Babraham Institute
    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 Jessica Back

    Wayne State University, USA

    Jessica B. Back, Ph.D., SCYM(ASCP)CM is a Research Scientist and Deputy Director of the Microscopy, Imaging, and Cytometry Resources (MICR) Core at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI (

    Dr. Back is an ISAC Councilor, a former ISAC SRL Emerging Leader (2015-2019), a member of the Great Lakes International Imaging and Cytometry Association (GLIIFCA) Board of Directors, and Chair of the ASCP Board of Certification Cytometry Examination Committee. As Deputy Director of an SRL much of her focus is on efficient and effective delivery of services to facility users. Her research interests focus on the tumor microenvironment, particularly on the role the immune system plays in cancer therapies and tumor regression.

    Dr. Back received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and completed Post-Doctoral training in Tumor Immunology at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI.


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