J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry
Established in 1981 by Dr. Clarice Yentsch, the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry housed the first flow cytometer used in aquatic research. Today, this multi-user facility, located in the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology at the Laboratory’s Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, Maine, is dedicated to applying new technologies to the study of algae and aquatic microbes from marine and freshwater ecosystems. Scientists from around the world use the facility for development of new applications and stains, routine cell counting, cell sorting, and aquatic flow cytometric training.
The MacIsaac Facility provides state-of-the art space for the latest cytometric instruments, imaging technologies, and applications. The Facility houses several flow cytometers and cell sorters, microscopy and imaging systems, and a FlowCAM® imaging-in-flow analyzer, an instrument invented at Bigelow Laboratory and manufactured by Fluid Imaging Technologies in Yarmouth, Maine. The facility is also able to operate off-site, using a portable lab van with a cell sorter to isolate cells from fresh “field” samples. Working in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory’s National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota and the Single Cell Genomics Center, typical applications include algal cultivation, biochemical analysis, and single-cell genomics.
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