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Phase III+: The University is open for expanded research operations; only authorized personnel will be admitted on campus. More info here.
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Phase III+: The University is open for expanded research operations; only authorized personnel will be admitted on campus. More info here.
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Phase III+: The University is open for expanded research operations; only authorized personnel will be admitted on campus. More info here.

FCRC JumpStart

Starting from 7/6/2020, along with the Rockefeller University’s Research Restart Plan, FCRC performs services under FCRC Phase-III Operations conditions.

 

The Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC) provides the Rockefeller University investigators with equipment and support for cell sorting (separation), acquisition, and analysis of flow cytometric data.

In order to use the FCRC services, all users have to fill the “PPMS account creation form” to get registered at PPMS for the Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC-PPMS System). Active FCRC-PPMS System account is required to book time on the Cell Sorters, Analyzers, and Analysis-computers. FCRC-PPMS System also allows to get registered for the FCRC Class as well as request Consultations, Trainings, and Help via the Training Request Forms. Detailed information please click here.

You also need to have CFS (RU Central File Storage) login/password in order to transfer data from and to the Analyzers and Analysis-computers, as well as retrieving data from the Cell Sorters. To learn more about the CFS please refer to the RU IT Website at http://it.rockefeller.edu/file-storage.


FCRC Training Workflow 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR FCRC INSTRUMENTS

FCRC_Login-Password_and_Training_Requirements

 


SORTERS

Cell sorting is performed either by FCRC staff (BD FACSAria) or by trained users (Sony MA900). The three BD FACSAria cell sorters equipped with up to six lasers (488, 561, 640, 355, 405, and 445 nm excitation wavelengths) and 18 fluorescence channel detection, while Sony MA900 is with four lasers (488, 405, 561 and 640 nm excitation wavelengths) and 12 fluorescence channels detection. All the cell sorters are able to perform high-speed (up to 20,000 events/sec), high-purity (up to 99.9%) sterile sorts into different types of devices (tubes, plates, slides, or custom-made devices). BD FACSAria sorters are operated by FCRC staff during the extended business hours. For exact time, please refer to the FCRC Cell Sorting and Instrument Training Schedule During Phase-III. Sony MA900 can be operated by either FCRC staff (Assisted), or researchers after completion of the required training (Unassisted).

 

Cell Sorters (Staff-operated, Assisted)

Notes:

  • All BD FACSAria sorters and Sony MA900 sorter at FCRC are equipped with the bioBUBBLE Benchtop Biocontainment Enclosures, which allow the sorters to be dedicated to the sort of the RG2 materials due to the compliance with the BSL-2+ requirements
  • BD FACSAria-3 is the only sorter at FCRC dedicated to the sort of the CFP-expressing cells due to the presence of the 445 nm laser

In order to start using the Cell Sorters, users need to:

To book the FACSAria Sort, users need to:

  • Login to FCRC-PPMS System and follow the directions https://fcrcppms.rockefeller.edu/vdoc/?pf=2&docid=3
  • Receive the follow-up confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time/duration for the Cell Sort originally requested
  • On the date/time of the scheduled Cell Sort come to FCRC Sorting Room (DWB207) with controls (compensations and FMO), titrations, and samples with the concentrations suggested at the Pre-Sort Consultation, as well as all buffers, tubes, plates

Notes:

  1. If you cannot make the sorting appointment on time, please make sure to notify about the delay with the start of the sort by calling #7657
  2. Despite the possible delay with the start time, the end time for the sort by default remains unchanged. Please plan accordingly
  3. In some cases the extension of the sorting time is possible (schedule permitted), but needs to be discussed with the FCRC Director

To cancel the Cell Sort, users need to:

  • Login to FCRC-PPMS System and cancel your sort
  • Receive the follow-up confirmation email from FCRC

Note: Please refer to the FCRC CHARGES AND CANCELLATION POLICY

To reschedule the existing Cell Sort, users need to:

  • Login to FCRC-PPMS System
  • Cancel your sort
  • Receive the follow-up confirmation email from FCRC
  • Book new sort
  • Receive the follow-up confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time/duration of the new scheduled Cell Sort

To get access to the data from the Cell Sorts performed by FCRC Staff:

Data obtained from cell sorts, including the FCS files for BDFACSDiva software (or Sony Cell Sorter software) and PDF for each sample, are available in the CFS (Central File Storage) folder on RU Sharepoint, on the day after the sort is performed. Researchers can access the CFS folder and copy the files to your local computer for storage and further analysis. For more details about data access please refer to Data generated from Cell Sorting.

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Cell Sorter (Self-operated, Unassisted)

In order to meet the high demand of cell sorting requested and persist with safety and social distancing at same time, FCRC plans to open sorting service on Sony MA900 to the potential autonomous users to be trained and eventually moved to the self-sorting service. Researchers who are interested can send the request to FCRC_Staff@rockefeller.edu and the evaluation of autonomous user eligibility would depend on user’s interest and frequency of usage, PI’s justification, and availability of the FCRC Staff.

In order to start using the Self-operated Cell Sorter, users need to:

  • Participate in the ”Beyond the Basics” Flow Cytometry Class (Required)
    1. Submit the Flow Cytometry Class Application form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form A1) for the certain date
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC
    3. Attend the Class
  • Participate in the Pre-Sort Consultation (Required)
    1. Submit the Pre-Sort and Sample Preparation Overview Session Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form B1)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Attend the consultation. Bring (or have available) all information related to the planned experiment (the samples are not needed)
  • Participate in the Pre-Sort Consultation for Sony Cell Sorter (Sony-1) (Required)
    1. Submit the Unassisted Sony Pre-Hands-On Consultation Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C7)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Attend the consultation. Bring (or have available) all information related to the planned experiments (Samples are not needed)
  • Get the Hands-On Training for Sony Cell Sorter (Required)
    1. Submit the Unassisted Sony Hands-On Training Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form D7)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Book Unassisted Sony-1 (DWB211) for the date/time suggested in the FCRC confirmation email
    4. Come to the Hands-on Training with the samples suggested at the Pre-Hands-On Consultation (usually – unstained, all single-color controls and a few samples)

For greater detail about Training Steps for Users on Sony MA900 please click here.

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ANALYZERS

The FCRC is equipped with seven benchtop analyzers, which cover the wide range of researcher’s needs: Two Spectral Analyzers – Cytek Aurora, have five lasers (355, 405, 488, 561 and 640 nm excitation wavelengths) and 64 fluorescence channels that can measure the entire emission spectra of the fluorescent dyes excited by multiple lasers installed on the instrument. Till now maximum 40 different fluorescent labels could be resolved, even when multiple markers are co-expressed on the same cell. Four Advanced benchtop Analyzers: Three from BD – two BD LSRIIs and one BD LSR-Fortessa, have up to five lasers (488, 561, 640, 355 or 445 and 405 nm excitation wavelengths) and 18 fluorescence channels; One from ThermoFisher –  ThermoFisher Attune NxT is equipped with four lasers (405, 488, 561 and 637 nm excitation wavelengths) and 14 fluorescence channels which could run samples in tubes or in plate formats, including 96-well, 384-well, and deep-wells with the high volume intake.

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Spectral Analyzers
In order to start using the Spectral Analyzers – Cytek Aurora, users need to:

  • Create FCRC-PPMS account by Filling the “PPMS account creation form” to get registered at PPMS for the Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC-PPMS System) (Required)
  • Activate RU card for DWB308/306 FCRC door access (FCRC-PPMS Request Form A0) (Required)
  • Study Virtual Classroom (Required)
  • Participate in the ”Beyond the Basics” Flow Cytometry Class (Required)
    1. Submit the Flow Cytometry Class Application form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form A1) for the certain date
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC
    3. Attend the Class
    4. Get login/password to login into SpectroFlo program on Cytek Aurora
  • Participate in the Experimental Design Consultation (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C1) (Required)
  • Participate in the Pre-Hands-On Consultation (Required)
    1. Submit the Aurora Pre-Hands-On Consultation Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C4)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Attend the consultation. Bring (or have available) all information related to the planned experiments
  • Get the Cytek Aurora Hands-On Training (Required)
    1. Submit the Aurora Hands-On Training Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form D3)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Book Cytek Aurora for the date/time suggested in the FCRC confirmation email
    4. Come to the Hands-on Training with the samples suggested at the Pre-Hands-On Consultation (usually – unstained, all single-color controls and a few samples)
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Advanced Analyzers

In order to start using the Advanced Analyzers – BD LSR (BD LSRIIs and BD LSR-Fortessa) and ThermoFisher Attune NxT, users need to:

  • Create FCRC-PPMS account by Filling the “PPMS account creation form” to get registered at PPMS for the Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC-PPMS System) (Required)
  • Activate RU card for DWB211/306 FCRC door access (FCRC-PPMS Request Form A0) (Required)
  • Study Virtual Classroom (Required)
  • Participate in the ”Beyond the Basics” Flow Cytometry Class (Required)
    1. Submit the Flow Cytometry Class Application form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form A1) for the certain date
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC
    3. Attend the Class
    4. Get login/password to login into Diva program on BD LSRIIs and BD LSR-Fortessa
  • Participate in the Experimental Design Consultation (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C1) (Required)
  • Participate in the Pre-Hands-On Consultation (Required)
    1. Submit the Pre-Hands-On Consultation Form for BD LSR (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C3) or Attune NxT (FCRC-PPMS Request Form C5)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Attend the consultation. Bring (or have available) all information related to the planned experiments
  • Get the Hands-On Training for BD LSR or Attune NxT (Required)
    1. Submit the Hands-On Training Form for BD LSR (FCRC-PPMS Request Form D1) or Attune NxT (FCRC-PPMS Request Form D5)
    2. Receive confirmation email from FCRC with the date/time specified
    3. Book BD LSRIIs and BD LSR-Fortessa or ThermoFisher Attune NxT for the date/time suggested in the FCRC confirmation email (LSRII-1 and LSR-Fortessa are equipped with 355nm laser, while LSRII-2 is equipped with 445nm laser) or ThermoFisher Attune NxT for the date/time suggested in the FCRC confirmation email
    4. Come to the Hands-on Training with the samples suggested at the Pre-Hands-On Consultation (usually – unstained, all single-color controls and a few samples)
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After completion of these steps, researchers have full time (24/7/365) access to the analyzers and can operate the analyzers themselves. In case of essential troubleshooting or help need from FCRC staff, please make sure to fill the Instrument Help Form (FCRC-PPMS Request Form E1-E4)

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FCRC Analysis Workstations

The Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC) provides the Rockefeller University researchers with multiple analysis workstations dedicated for the analysis of Flow Cytometry data. There are five “Analysis PC” workstations and two “Aurora-Client” workstations with Windows 7 OS or Windows 10 OS, with multiple Flow Cytometry analysis software packages installed. All FCRC Analysis Workstations are available for booking via the PPMS system for usage free of charge, 24/7.

For more details about workstations please refer to Flow Cytometry Analysis Workstations.

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STAFF ASSISTANCE

The FCRC staff members are available for assisted operation of the Analyzers, assisted data analysis, consultation, instrument and software training and troubleshooting from 9:00am – 6:00pm weekdays. Please send the request form for your specific consultation, training and help need.

  1. Consultations
  2. Instrument Hands-On Training
  3. Instrument Help (FCRC-PPMS Request Form E1-E7)
    • Help with Instrumental Setup
    • Troubleshooting on the Instrument
  4. Software Troubleshooting

Note: In case of emergency or urgent quick questions on the instrument, please do not hesitate to contact FCRC at any time, stop by FCRC (DWB205) on the weekdays (9:00am-6:00pm), or send email to FCRC staff (FCRC_Staff@rockefeller.edu) during weekends and off hours.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • Please remember to acknowledge the Flow Cytometry Resource Center (FCRC) staff in publications. Co-authorship on publications for Resource Center staff may be considered appropriate when the staff have provided one or more of the following:
    • Significant intellectual contribution to the design of the published experiments;
    • Substantial practical contribution to the generation, analysis and/or interpretation of experimental data;
    • Indispensable technical support that contributes intellectually or scientifically to the advancement of the work.

Resource Center staff members who have made an intellectual or technical contribution, but of a limited nature and not justifying authorship as defined above, should be given an appropriate acknowledgement in any resulting publications. This will enable us to demonstrate our involvement in the research of a large number of laboratories at the university, aiding the procurement of future equipment. More information please refer to Acknowledgement Guidelines.

  • Condition of NYSTEM funding for the FACSAria II-2
    • Support through the NYSTEM grant shall be acknowledged in all publications, presentations and products of research resulting from use of or data acquired through the BD FACSAriaII-2, in a form consistent with the publication’s guidelines
    • The acknowledgement should reference “Support by the Empire State Stem Cell fund through NYSDOH Contract #C023046” and include following statement “Opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Empire State Stem Cell Fund, the NYSDOH, or the State of NY”
    • Please be sure to send to FCRC_Staff@rockefeller.edu documentation for publications funded wholly or in part by the contract that include an acknowledgment of this funding support. This information must be submitted to NYSTEM within 60 days of publication

For More information, please refer to Guidelines!

SEE YOU SOON IN FCRC!