Melbourne Cytometry Platform

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The Melbourne Cytometry Platform offers equipment and expertise for analysing the physical and chemical characteristics of particles, cells and subcellular components.

The platform provides researchers access to flow cytometry for detecting, identifying, counting and isolating particles and cells, and also identifying molecular components within them. Cells or particles are suspended in fluid and then injected into a flow cytometer at high speed, passing one-by-one through focussed laser beams for analysis.

Our network of facilities on campus includes physical containment level 2 and level 3 facilities. We work with researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including nanotechnology, chemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, developmental biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, oncology, medicine, neurosciences and material sciences.

We provide expert advice and advanced training on:

  • Cytometry applications
  • Assay development
  • Experimental design and sample preparation
  • Fluorescence panel design
  • Instrument operation
  • Data analysis
  • Advanced instrument characterisation
  • Optimum setup and fine tuning for advanced applications.

We collaborate with both academic researchers and industry partners. In 2019, the platform provided over 27 000 hours of services to 364 users, underpinning 73 research publications. We can cover a broad range cytometry challenges, from small particles and very dim signals to high dimensional multiparametric analysis.


Bench-top Analysers

  • 2 Cytek Aurora 5L (5 lasers, 64 detectors)
  • 3 Beckman Coulter CytoFLEX S & LX
  • 6 Becton Dickinson LSR Fortessa
  • Becton Dickinson LSR II, Canto II & FACSVerse

High-Speed Cell Sorters

  • 2 Beckman Coulter AstriosEQ cell sorters (4 lasers, 16 detectors)\
  • 2 Becton Dickinson FACS Aria III (4-5 lasers, 18 detectors)
  • 1 Becton Dickinson FACS Aria Fusion (4 lasers, 16 detectors)

User information

The platform is open to researchers Australia-wide on a fee-for-service basis.

Other platforms

The platform can be used in conjunction with the:

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Contact us

Alexis Perez Gonzalez

Phone: +61 3 9341 1567

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More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.  Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.