Flow Cytometry Core – Introduction

Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) FACS Core

The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) FACS Core helps researchers who require extensive characterization or high purity isolation of cells using fluorescent tagging of markers from cells of various tissues.  The PAVIR FACS Core is supported in part by the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research and the National Institute of Health. We accommodate a number of research disciplines including immunology, stem cell biology, pathology, cardiology and much more.  Our core exists to provide Veterans Administration (VA) affiliated researchers flow cytometry and cell sorting services and to teach researchers appropriate and important techniques in flow cytometry. Users may have their samples run with the assistance of the core or may obtain training so that they can run the flow cytometers and sorters independently. The PAVIR FACS Cytometry Core also seeks to bring the flow cytometry users at the VA together and foster collaboration between many of the diverse disciplines present here at the VA in Palo Alto and Stanford University.

Researchers who want to use the PAVIR FACS Core will have to contact Brandon Carter.  After users have demonstrated proficiency in the use of the Flow Cytometers, users will be granted access to the PAVIR-BookMyLab (embed link http://www.PAVIRFACSCore.com) calendar scheduling system.  PI’s are responsible for supplying the core with basic supplies in accordance to the usage on the machines.  Normal hours are Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM with first sorts targeted for 9:00AM.  With time and experience, users may obtain independent user status allowing them to work in the facility after normal business hours.