Scheduling an Appointment

Appointments are made between 9 am and 4:30 pm.  It is recommended to schedule your appointment a week in advance to ensure the time you need is available. Do not prep your samples or begin your appointment until you have a confirmed appointment time!  If you have a large number of samples or expect low sample concentration or lengthy analysis, please indicate that you may need extra time (more than 30 min). Fortessa analysis appointments generally take about 30 min. Cell sorting on FACS Aria is usually a 1 hour appointment unless more than 10 million cells are sorted. You will need to indicate the number of samples and estimated time needed when scheduling your appointment.

You must bring a USB drive to your appointment to copy your data files onto. The flow lab does not save or archive data. It is your responsibility.

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** Please read the information provided under Sample Preparation heading to ensure that you are properly prepared for your appointment!!


Fortessa – Data acquisition and analysis on the Fortessa is $63/hour with a minimum of 30 minutes. Afterward, the time is charged in 15 min increments.

If your samples are not properly prepared or filtered and cause instrument clogging, we will filter your samples for you here and you will be charged our cost of $1 per filter.

FACS Aria – Data acquisition/analysis and sorting, on the FACSAria is $105/hour with a minimum of 30 minutes. Afterward, the time is charged in 30 min increments.

If you do not properly filter your samples, we will filter your samples for you when you arrive and you will be charged for the filter at our cost of $1 per filter. Samples MUST be filtered through filter cap tubes for use with the Aria. (BD Falcon catalog #352235).

If you need additional data analysis time on the computer beyond your original appointment time, the regular data acquisition charges will apply.  This is because we will be unable to schedule acquisition appointments during the time the computer is used for analysis.  Your data will be analyzed as part of your flow cytometry appointment as long as time allows, or you may set an appointment specifically for data analysis.  Because analysis requires time on the cytometer computer, analysis-only appointments are charged the same rate as data acquisition/analysis.  You may choose to work with facility personnel to analyze your data, or you may analyze data on your own.

Consultation:  There is no charge for consultation with flow facility personnel.  However, we ask that you make an appointment for consultation so that you will not interrupt other customer appointments.

***Charges begin with the time of your appointment, not at the time that you arrive. Late arrivals create scheduling problems and can delay other customer appointments.  If your acquisition or analysis will significantly delay the next customer’s appointment, your samples may be finished as time permits. You will be charged for time reserved, not just time used. There is no penalty for cancellation of appointments, as long as the cancellation is made 24 hours in advance. If not cancelled 24 hours in advance, you will be charged for the appointment time scheduled.

Please see our charging policies.