Core Lab BD FACSAria II Cell Sorter

Core Lab FACSAria II Fluorochome Selection Guide

The Core Lab Aria is configured with 5 parameters on the 488nm laser, 3 parameters of the 633nm laser, 3parameters on the 405nm laser, 3 parameters on the 350nm laser, and five parameters on the 561nm laser. With this machine, we are now able to sort 561 nm excited fluorochromes such as mCherry, tdTomato, and RFP.

BSL-2+ BD FACSAria Cell Sorter

 BDFACSAria in Baker Bioprotect BSC

 BSL-2+ FACSAria Fluorochrome Selection Guide

The BSL-2+ BD FACSAria Cell Sorter is housed in a Baker BioProtect IV biosafety cabinet and is located in the flow cytometry core's BSL-2+ lab. The BSL-2+ lab is located in room S5-318 and is accessed through the main core lab at S5-322. This FACSAria is configured with 4 lasers, with 2 parameters on the 488 laser, 6 parameters off the 405 laser, 3 parameters off the 640 laser, and 5 parameters off the 561 laser.  This sorter is available for self-sorting for investigators who have completed the training session described on our training page.

BSL-3 BD FACSAria Cell Sorter


BSL-3 FACSAria Fluorochome Selection Guide

The BSL-3 Aria is located in the BioTech II building. It is configured with 5 parameters on the 488nm laser, 3 parameters on the 633nm laser, 3 parameters on the 405nm laser, and 3 parameters on the 350nm laser. This machine is housed in a BSL-3 facility and installed in a Baker BioProtect IV BSC, allowing us to sort unscreened human and/or infectious samples up to biosafety level 3.

When scheduling cell sorting please refer to the guides below.

Sony SH800 Cell Sorter

Sony SH800 in Baker BSC

The new Sony SH800 cell sorter in it's own Baker BioProtect III Jr BSC. It is also housed in our BSL-2+ room in the flow cytometry core's BSL-2+ lab. The SH800 is confugured with 4 lasers with 6 parameters, currently utilizing 100µm disposable sorting chips and capable of 2-way sorting. This sorter is available for self-sorting for investigators who have completed the training session described on our training page.

Sony SH800 BSL-2+ Channel Line-up

Beckman Coulter MoFlo XDP Cell Sorter

MoFlo XDP Fluorochome Selection Guide

The three laser MoFlo XDP digital cell sorter is configured with 1 color on the 633nm laser, 1 on the 405nm laser, and 5 colors on the 488nm laser. This machine is ideal for sorting large numbers of small cells.

BD FACSVantage DV-1 Cell Sorter

FACSVantage Fluorochome Selection Guide

The configuration is 5 fluorescent detectors from the 488nm laser, 2 detectors from the UV laser and 1 detector (APC) from the red laser utilizing the octagons and trigon detectors found in the BD FACSAria, LSRII and FACSCantos.


LRB Satellite lab

LRB LSR A "Uncle  Fester" Fluorochome Selection Guide

LRB LSR B :"Lurch" Fluorochome Selection Guide

Core Facility A-5 laser: "Donald" LSR Fluorochrome Selection Guide

Core Facility B-3 Laser LSR: "Daisy" Fluorochome Selection Guide

The LSR II is a digital multiparameter flow cytometer analyzer. It features the Digital DIVA hardware and software. There are 2 LSR II's housed in the Lazare Research Building; LRB-LSR A "Uncle Fester" has 4 lasers and 10 fluorescent detectors and LRB-LSR B "Lurch" has 2 lasers and 8 fluorescent detectors. These LSR II's are primarily for investigator performed analysis and can be used after completing training from the core facility. The core facility LSR II B-3 "Daisy" has 3 lasers and 9 fluorescent detectors and is also available for investigator preformed analysis after training. The core facility LSR II A-5 "Donald" has 5 lasers and 18 fluorescent detectors and is frequently reserved for core facility analysis, but experienced investigators are allowed to reserve time when available. Due to their more complex nature, please schedule LSR II experiments that you would like us to run well in advance with any staff member (6-3276).

Fluidigm C1™ Single-Cell Auto Prep system 

 Fluidigm C1 Single Cell Auto Prep system


A new instrument located in the Flow Cytometry Core is the Fluidigm C1™ Single-Cell Auto Prep system, an automated solution for single-cell genomics research. The C1 can isolate, process and prepare individual cells for genome and transcriptome analysis. Provided by the generosity of UMass researchers including Drs. Green and Finberg, the C1 is housed in the core facility and is available for use by UMass staff. Contact the Flow Core for more information or to schedule time on the C1. Technical detalis and user documentation are available through the Fluidigm website.


Amnis Flowsight Imaging Cytometer

Flowsight Imaging Channel Guide

This unique cytometer quantitatively detects brightfield, darkfield and fluorescent images with high sensitivity CCD cameras. The fluorescence amplification and minimal noise detection results in very high signal sensitivity. In addition to being able to see the cells displayed in dot plots and histograms, the imaging provides analysis tools not available in conventional cytometers such as texture and spot counting. In the photo above, the color dot plot is a 5-way differential of cells in whole blood using only CD45 fluorescence and darkfield side-scatter. The Flowsight is equipped with violet, blue and red lasers for fluorescence detection in up to 10 channels. Running this instrument is straightforward requiring only laser power adjustment. Make an appointment and core facility personnel will run your samples while showing you how to use the instrument independently.

BD FACSCaliburs

FACSCalibur Fluorochome Selection Guide

These are dual-beam (air-cooled lasers) analyzers similar to the FACScan in capabilities with the addition of the second laser for four color immunofluorescence analysis. The second laser is a red-emitting diode, with output at 635nm, suitable for excitation of APC or Alexa 647. The FACSCaliburs are available for analysis by core facility personnel or by investigator performed analysis (after completing our training course, or demonstrating proficiency).


General Sorting Information

What to bring to a sort

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