The BD Biosciences Webinar Series is an ongoing, informative program in which senior scientists present online seminars covering a broad range of topics.

Integrating Flow Cytometry Into Education

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST / 5 PM GMT
Dr. Melanie Gubbels Bupp, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, USA

Dr. Tim Overton, Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

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Flow cytometry is a technology of growing importance in biology and many related fields. It enables researchers to perform multiparametric analyses at the single-cell level, even in complex populations. Integrating flow cytometry into undergraduate and graduate curricula is essential for preparing students to work in research labs or to conduct their own independent research. However, because of cost and complexity, flow cytometry has not historically been widely incorporated into teaching curricula.

The introduction of personal flow cytometers, such as the BD Accuri™ C6, has lowered these barriers and brought this key technology to benchtops in research and teaching labs, field stations, research vessels, and classrooms. The BD Accuri C6 can help students concentrate on learning the concepts and value of flow cytometry without technology getting in the way.

In this webinar, we will discuss how personal flow cytometry has been successfully integrated into undergraduate and graduate education. Researchers will present specific examples of incorporating flow cytometry into their teaching curricula, and discuss which factors can help students successfully master the technology.

Dr. Melanie Gubbels Bupp is an immunologist and assistant professor of biology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, a private liberal arts and sciences college with an enrollment of 1,400 undergraduates. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado in 2005, and performed post-doctoral work at both UCSF and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gubbels Bupp’s lab is focused on studying the effect of malnutrition on the immune system.
Dr. Tim Overton is a lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and director of the MSc program in biochemical engineering at the University of Birmingham, UK. As winner of a 2011 BD Accuri Creativity Award, he was awarded a BD Accuri C6 flow cytometer. Dr. Overton received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in 2003. His primary research interests involve the application of molecular biology and single-cell techniques to understand and develop bioprocesses.