The Parnassus Flow Cytometry CoLab assists investigators whose research requires molecular marker characterization of cells in suspension as well as the isolation of cells based on those markers. Advanced cell sorting and cytometric analyses are readily conducted by experts within the Core or by trained laboratory members.

The CoLab consists of instruments consolidated from a variety of UCSF departments including the Diabetes Center, Immunology, Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine, Surgery, and SABRE, with the costs of maintaining sophisticated equipment shared across its many users through a recharge system. Services and instrumentation are available to be scheduled and utilized by all UCSF labs, affiliates, and external users following proper training.

The Diabetes Research Center (DRC) subsidizes the cost for DRC members and financially supports project development for all users. 

Please inform us if you publish using data obtained from our facility, submit your publication details here . If you have used any instrument in our Core please aknowledge it in your work. When you succeed, we succeed. Your publications help support our center grant which assists in keeping this Flow Cytometry Facility running, please see our Guidelines for aknowledgements here.

The Parnassus Flow Cytometry CoLab, in collaboration with similar Core facilities on campus, also helps to identify emerging technologies that will enhance multiple research programs and coordinates the acquisition and maintenance of those facilities. We encourage feedback on available or missing services to help improve the facility to make sure it meets your needs and demands.    

If you need help deciding if flow cytometry will help you in your studies or have any questions, contact us for a free consultation.

For more information on core facilities at UCSF, please visit the Research Resource Program (RRP), or to find instruments or services at UCSF, visit the new Cores Search.


Mission Statement

The Parnassus Flow Cytometry CoLab exists to provide Diabetes Research Center (DRC) members and fellow UCSF researchers valuable resources in the field of flow and mass cytometry and operates under the following directives: 

  1. Provide assistance and exceptional customer service to researchers along with acquisition, setup, maintenance, and support of instrumentation. 
  2. Teach users the information they need to know as well as provide them with the opportunity to learn more details should they request it. 
  3. Monitor research and development opportunities, experiment with novel techniques, and test new equipment. 
  4. Consolidate and bring UCSF flow cytometry groups together and standardize practices.