BMS 631 Flow Cytometry: Theory (2 CR Course) - 2024 Course Notes

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

2024 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

NOTE: The distribution of these materials is restricted without specific permission of Professor Robinson. No materials may be released to any publication organization, nor may these materials be distributed in any form without specific written permission of Professor Robinson. Specifically, no permission is given to reproduce any of these materials for courses outside not-for-profit educational institutions and permission should be requested and credit included when used in this instance. We normally give permission for use of these materials in academic institutions.If you submit these to course hero, course hero has been notified that anyone submitting these lectures must be reported back to Purdue University.


Class text is "Practical Flow Cytometry", 4th ed (Shapiro)  you can download a free copy here or buy on ebay/Amazon

Here is an outline of the topics in the course.

Here is the Introduction to Watson's Book - worth a read



Older lecturesLectFile (incl older lectures)File Size Link
Jan 8

2024 Lect #1a&b PPT

 Video Pt 1


Note: Jan 15 is MLK day.

2023 Lect 1

2023 1 Video

2020 PPT lect1

2020 lext 1 PDF      


Intro history &flow principPt12019



Jan 22

Concluding Lecture 1



2023 2 PPT

2023 2 Video

Lect 2 2022

Who,Why of Flow Cytometry (Pt 2-2020 On Line class








Jan 29

Recorded lecture

only today Lect 002- Jan 29


Here is the PPT



Light, Matter, and the basics of scatter 

2020 Lecture

Recorded 2020 lecture is here.


Feb 5



Online lecture only today Lect 3

(Light and matter)


Here is the PPT



2023-4 video


2020 Lecture 4





Feb 12

Here is the PPT

Video -Pt 1

Video - Pt 2

Light Sources


2020 Lecture

Feb 19


Recorded lecture only today 

Here is the PPT


2024 - Video Optical Systems


Optical Filters 2023 Video From Sl27 only

2023-6 PPT


Properties of Optical Filters

- Detecton Systems 2019



Mar 4 


Lect PPT

Video Lect 


Optical Filters



2023- 7Video


2019 Fluidic Systems 

2020 Fluidics lecture

2020 Video





Mar 11

Spring break

Cell function 

+ Lecture 12 DNA-RNA cytometry


March 18

Lect 7 -PPT

Light Sources


Lect 8 PPT




Fluidic systems

2023  Video here2023










Microbiolgy & Cytometry


2020 PPT


2020 online





April 1


Data structure




2020 Cell function PPT


2020 Video lecture





Apr 8


Cell Sorting



Lect11Video 2023

2019 Cell Sorting

2020 Cell Sorting PPT

2020 Online Sorting

2020 Spectral flow cytometry

2020 Spectral online lect

April 15

class Presentations


April 24

No class

May 4 end term      
Final Exam Take homeJPR   

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



Seminars should be 10-15 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 (must be related to flow cytometry and cannot be your research project - some examples are below)
  Fluorescent probes for Oxidative Metabolism
SD03/15Monoclonal antibodies, Avidin-Biotin technology using Fluorescent Conjugates in Flow cytometry
  Principles of Sorting in Flow Cytometry.
XW03/15Intracellular cytokine determination via flow cytometry
SH03.19Optical Filters used in Flow Cytometry
KK03/15Cell proliferation assessed by flow cytometry using cell tracking dyes
PH03/16Data analysis: How and why?
  Fluidics Systems in Flow Cytometry
  The principles of spectal overlap
RU03/16Cytof- Mass Cytometry
CL03/15Fluorescent probes for apoptosis
PS03/16Parameters and probes for evaluation of DNA &RNA in Flow Cytometry


All materials copyright © J. Paul Robinson 1989-2024 and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. These slides may be used for educational use only by non-profit institutions and credits must be included for all slides used. In all cases, please request permission for use of these materials. No use is allowed for commercial purposes or for commerical courses of any nature.


NIH Electronic Directory
NSF Award Search
PubMed Central
NIH Reporter