Virtual Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Course Autumn 2021


  • Andrea Valle

    DeNovo Software
    Andrea is based in Italy and received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from San Raffaele Hospital in Milan Italy in 2014 which was followed by an M.S. degree in Statistics for Genomics and Medicine. Andrea has worked closely with flow cytometry data analysis and experiments in a variety of settings since 2008 while working on immune tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes. Over the years he has gained additional skills in data analysis and R programming through his post graduate studies and laboratory work.

  • Dan Payne

    Leicester Royal Infirmary
    Dan is the Principal Clinical Scientist for the Leicester Royal Infirmary Clinical Immunophenotyping Service and Clinical Lead for flow cytometry in empath pathology; a service covering Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire hospitals. The empath flow cytometry services form part of a comprehensive Immunology and Haemato-Oncology service for integrated diagnostics. Dan is a member of the MIG UK group and the UK PNH Diagnostic interest group. He has participated in advisory boards and as a lecturer in a number of courses within the UK and Europe.

  • David Bloxham

    Currently the Lead Scientist for flow cytometry at the Haematopathology and Oncology Diagnostic Service, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The unit provides a comprehensive fully integrated diagnostic and disease monitoring service for Haematopathology and Oncology.

    Following a broad training in all aspects of Haematology I specialised in the diagnosis of haematological malignancy. I have extensive experience of blood and bone marrow morphology, applications of cytogenetics, molecular genetics and a little over 25 years’ experience of clinical flow cytometry! . These days I find myself increasingly sharing that knowledge with like-minded, and non like-minded!, students, scientists and medical staff. Key interests include applications of flow cytometry, blood and bone marrow morphology, service development including diagnostic capability, harmonisation/standardisation, quality assurance and education.

  • Derek Davies

    Flow Cytometry Section Vice Chair

    The Francis Crick Institute
    Derek is the National Science Technology Platform (STP) Training Lead at the Francis Crick Institute in London where his role is to develop Educational and Training courses to support Biomedical Research in the UK and beyond. 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 the flowcytometryUK biennial meeting and also the Advances in Cytometry Meeting. Derek is particularly keen to promote cytometry education within the UK and beyond.

  • Dr Karen Hogg

    Flow Cytometry Section Chair

    University of York
    Karen is currently a Senior Experimental Officer at the University of York, Bioscience Technology Facility.  Karen underpins the scientific service within the Imaging and Cytometry Laboratory and takes a lead role in the research, operation and method development of cell sorting and analysis.  As such, Karen’s expertise is utilized for a wide range of diverse applications both within and external to the Department of Biology.  Karen is also a co-organizer and tutor on multiple flow cytometry courses throughout the UK.  She got her BSc, Joint Honours in Biology and Biochemistry at Keele University, U.K. 1991-1995; then obtained her MSc in Applied Parasitology & Medical Entomology from the University of Liverpool, U.K. 1995-1996; then proceeded to obtain her Phd. from the School of Biology, University of Leeds, U.K. 1996-1999

  • 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.

  • Serena Di Cecilia

    PhD and Postdoc in Oncology, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she managed and carried out several projects on cancer stem cells and non-coding RNAs. Flow cytometry and molecular oncology are her expertise areas, with several publications on high impact factor scientific journals.

  • Steve Couzens

    University of Wales College of Medicine

    Steve is the current head of the Immunophenotyping laboratory in the Department of Haematology at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Having started as a Biomedical Scientist, Steve undertook the STP Equivalence process in 2014 and is now registered as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC. He passed the RCPath Part 2 examination in 2015. Steve is a member of a number of expert groups including the Multi-Colour Immunophenotyping Group (MIG) and organises the clinical module of the annual RMS International Flow Cytometry Course.


  • Sukhveer Purewal

    The Francis Crick Institute
    Sukhveer is the Deputy Head of the Flow Cytometry Scientific Technology Platform at The Francis Crick Institute. The Flow Cytometry STP contains several cell sorters and analytical flow cytometers including mass, imaging and spectral cytometers. Sukhveer has many years of practical experience in flow cytometry across many of the technology platforms and routinely collaborates, teaches and assists researchers with all questions in relation to flow cytometry. Sukhveer also teaches on the RMS Virtual Flow Cytometry Data Analysis courses.