Flow Cytometry

The Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (FCSR) at The University of Arizona Cancer Center supports the research needs of all Cancer Center members by providing state-of-the-art instrumentation for data acquisition, analysis, and cell sorting, and the technical expertise to interpret results, and develop methods. We offer information about new techniques, and applications of flow cytometry through workshops and seminars, and provide training to interested facility users who wish to run their own samples. Individual consultation services are available to discuss the specifics of each project.

Flow cytometry is a powerful tool that measures the functional and structural characteristics of heterogeneous mixtures of cells and particles in suspension based on their ability to scatter light. The cell sorting function separates these cells physically into their different classes. Researchers have the capability to analyze and sort cells by differences in physiology, metabolism, morphology and other characteristics. The ability to distinguish different cell types is limited only by the ability to attach specific fluorescent markers to the cells.

To build a project, get a quote, or order a service within iLab:
Step 1: Select “About Our Core” to learn more about this Shared Resource.
Step 2: Click here to login or sign up for an iLab account at the University of Arizona. For login help, email iLab-support@agilent.com.
Step 3: Once the login step is completed, obtaining prices, services and scheduling is available within the iLab system.

Please remember to acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA023074) when publishing manuscripts or abstracts that utilized the services of the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Shared Resources and/or were derived from CCSG pilot funds. Suggested language: "Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30 CA023074.


  • The FACScanto II (BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA) is an analyzer, which can acquire data from eight fluorescence detectors using three lasers: 405nm, 488nm, and 640nm.
  • The FACSAria III (BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA) is a cell sorter equipped with 5 lasers: 488nm, 633nm, 561nm, 405nm and 355nm, and offers 17 fluorescence detectors. The sorting function of this instrument enables the researcher to physically separate the individual cells and particles from a mixed population. Viable cells can be recovered for further study or culture. The addition of a Baker BioProtect III biosafety cabinet, in which the Aria is housed, allows for sorting of certain live human tissue and BSL2 agents.
  • The LSRII (BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA) is an analyzer capable of acquiring and analyzing data from 16 fluorescence parameters and has five lasers: 355nm, 405nm, 488nm, 532 nm and 640nm.
  • The ImagestreamX markII is an imaging cytometer, which uses flow cytometry technology to acquire microscopic images of fluorescence data from thousands of individual cells in liquid suspension. It has 10 fluorescence channels, using four lasers: 405nm, 488nm, 532nm, and 640nm.


University of Arizona Cancer Center, Room 0935

Sara Centuori, PhD

Mark Curry


External Website

ARL/University of Arizona Cancer Center Cytometry Core Facility

Shared Resource Director, Flow Cytometry