Scheduling, Training, and Fees

Facility Hours

Investigator-operated analysis instruments are available year round, 24 hours/day. Not all instruments are available to non-Wistar investigators; contact facility personnel for information.

Resource personnel are generally available 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Their hours can be extended (with 24-hour advance notice) until 7:30 PM or beyond to accommodate individual experiments. Requests for hours extended beyond 7:30 PM will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


User-friendly analysis instruments are available to Wistar personnel only, and may be scheduled through the Wistar Intranet.  You will need a valid username and password to access the Flow Cytometry Calendar.  These instruments are available to only those who have received approval from the facility – contact the facility for details.  You may view, but not schedule or modify sorting appointments here as well.

Scheduling appointments for operator-assisted analysis or any sorting may be done in person (Room W364) or by telephone (215-898-3811*). E-mail is not an acceptable method for making these appointments. All appointments must be confirmed by one of the operators. Consulting/training or other inquiries may be made via email.

  * University of Pennsylvania investigators must dial all 10 digits when calling Wistar.

Facility personnel must be contacted prior to the planning of an experiment requiring
their assistance. Information to be provided generally includes:
● number of samples (including all controls) to be analyzed;
● type of samples and staining;
● actual time of arrival in the facility;
● if sorting, number of cells per sampled to be sorted.

This multi-user facility runs on a tight schedule. It is imperative that you be on time for your appointment, with only as many samples as had been scheduled. If you will be late, need to increase the number of samples, or wish to cancel your appointment, please contact the facility as soon as possible to avoid being charged.

Training for user-friendly Flow Cytometry analysis instruments at Wistar (LSRIIs, FACSCalibur)

If you have questions about which instrument you need to be trained to use, please contact Jeffrey Faust in the Flow Cytometry Facility. Phone: 215-898-3811 Email:

Training on the LSRIIs generally takes 1 – 1 ½ hours, depending on your level of experience and the type of experiment.  If it is a simple 1-2 color experiment, you may not need to be trained in compensation of fluorochromes and therefore will not need the full 1 ½ hours.  FACSCalibur training generally takes ~1 hour.

For training, it is suggested that you plan (not necessarily prepare, yet) the type of experiment you wish to perform on the instrument (including all appropriate controls, along with samples), then go to the online calendar and make an appointment.  You will see that there are 2 LSRII instruments: the LSR18 and the LSR14.  The instruments operate the same, the difference is the number of fluorochromes that can be run.  The fluorochrome information may be found in the Instrumentation section on the Wistar Flow Cytometry Facility website.

Reserve an appointment first, then get in touch with Jeffrey in the facility to make sure he is available to provide training at that time you have reserved.  We will also review your experiment and appropriate controls.


Many different samples from various sources that may contain known or unknown human pathogens are investigated in the Flow Cytometry Facility. In general, the facility cannot accommodate any BSL3 material – all BSL3 samples must be appropriately inactivated through fixation prior to analysis or sorting.  Information about the sample sources and potentially infectious agents is critical for effective biosafety measures.  Consequently, a sample information form must be completed and signed by the Investigator who is requesting samples to be sorted prior to scheduling.  Contact facility personnel to discuss biosafety considerations or to request a form, or use this Biosafety Form.

User Fees (Effective January 1, 2015)

Investigator-operated analysis on BD, XL, or CyAn machines

$30/hour for Wistar investigators
$60/hour Non-Wistar academic investigators (only available on certain instruments)
N/A for non-Wistar commercial use

Analysis by facility operators: BD FACSCan, FACSCalibur, LSRIIs, COULTER XL, or CyAn (incl. post-acquisition analysis of acquired data)

$80/hour for Wistar users 
$125/hour for non-Wistar academic users 
$187.50/hour for non-Wistar commercial users

Cell Sorting

$95/hour for Wistar users
$150/hour for non-Wistar academic users
$225/hour for non-Wistar commercial users

Training or scheduled consultation

$60/hour for Wistar users
$75/hour for non-Wistar academic users

All rates are charged in one-quarter hour increments, or based on sign-in/sign-out for investigator-operated analysis.


Monthly billing arrangements are required for services provided by the facility to non-Wistar investigators.  Contact facility personnel for instructions, or see payment arrangements for non-Wistar investigators.