BMS 631 Flow Cytometry: Theory (2 CR Course) - 2018 Course Notes

This page is for the use of students who are taking BMS 631

2018 Notes - Location: Vet Path Research Bldg 119

This is a 2 credit course that is designed to bring a student up to date on the technology of flow cytometry. The course will be lecture based and will require students to give a short seminar at the conclusion of the semester which will be part of the final grade. The course starts with the historical discovery of the technology and will move to discussing each of the individual components - optics, electronics, fluidics, data processing and analysis. In addition, we will cover all of the current applications. At the conclusion of the course, students will have an excellent understanding of the field and will be capable of reading, interpreting and carrying out studies using this technology.


Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories

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Also, please note that I have added a couple of e-lectures that highlight the introduction to flow cytometry. These are in the E-Lectures option one level previous to this page.


E-lectures (You can take a look at these lectures - they are designed as introductory lectures for those will no knowledge of flow cytometry.)


2018 Class notes and lecture Scedule - BMS 631: Flow Cytometry: Theory

Class text is "Practical Flow Cytometry", 4th ed (Shapiro)  you can download a free copy here

DateLect #TitleLectFileFile Size Link
Jan 81Introduction, history & basic flow principles (Pt 1) 2018JPR



(Automated PPT) 2016 Lecture

55 Megupdated 2018
TBD MLK day No lecture today as Martin Luther King Day   updated 2018
Jan 122The Who and Why of Flow Cytometry: History Cont. (Pt 2) 2018JPR


NEW Video lect

from Jan 25, 2016

 Updated 2018
Jan 193Light, Matter, and the basics of scatterJPRLecture003.ppt2 Megupdated 2018
Jan 224

OPtical Systems









Jan 265

Light sources



Lecture  Video NEW Link to recording 2016

Lecture 5 link

 updated 2016
Jan 266Properties of optical filters in flow cytomery 2018JPRLecture 6 Updated 2018
Feb 2



Detectors in flow cytometry





 updated 2018
Feb 98

Fluidic Systems 2018

JPRLecture008.pptx updated 2018
Feb 1910 Data structures Lecture 10  
Feb 2311Cell Sorting /Cell function  Lecture0012.ppt  



 Updated 2018



Cell Function & CytometryJPR


Lecture 13.ppt

20 Meg


Mar 514Microbiolgy & CytometryJPRLecture 14.ppt  
Mar 2615DNA-RNA cytometryJPR 3.4 meg   
April 1616CLass Presentations   
Final Exam Not yet setJPR   

Lecturer: JPR: J. Paul Robinson (contact by email:



Seminars should be 15 minutes and must not exceed 20 minutes, you must provide the PPT overview to me at minimum 2 weeks prior to review. I suggest that as soon as you have a topic and some preliminar notes, you discuss this with me so that I can guide you down the best pathway. If I have not reviewed and agreed to your presentation materials, you will automatically lose 50% of the points for this seminar. The whole purpose is to ensure that you present a high quality seminar relevent to the topis, and that your materials are accurate. A copy of your final PPT will be retained and we reserve the right to post this on the web with other seminars if we believe it would be useful to the scientific public. I will not review a seminar with 48 hours of your presentation, unless it has already been given to me for reveiw on at least one previous occasion.


NameDateExample Topics (these are in order of topic selection -once selected these topics are not available)
  Fluorescent probes for Oxidative Metabolism
  Monoclonal antibodies, Avidin-Biotin technology using Fluorescent Conjugates in Flow cytometry
  Principles of Sorting in Flow Cytometry.
  Intracellular cytokine determination via flow cytometry
  Optical Filters used in Flow Cytometry
  Cell proliferation assessed by flow cytometry using cell tracking dyes
  Data analysis: How and why?


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