Aquatic Cytometry Course 2017 — Introduction to Aquatic Flow Cytometry

The J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry will be offering an introductory course on aquatic flow cytometry, September 25-29, 2017. The course will be held at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research & Education Campus in East Boothbay, Maine, USA. The course is designed for graduate students, faculty members, aquaculturists, and commercial entities interested in learning how to apply flow and imaging cytometry to aquatic applications. The course will include hands-on laboratory training and lectures by experienced flow cytometrists working within the aquatic science field.

Topics include:

  • Basics of Flow Cytometry and Operation
  • Aquatic Applications (detection & enumeration)
    • Phytoplankton (including biovolume & biomass determination)
    • Heterotrophic Protists
    • Bacteria and Viral Particles
  • Sorting for Biogeochemical Analysis (C, N, P)
  • Sorting for isolation and cultivation
  • Imaging Cytometry for aquatic applications
  • Single Cell Sorting, Whole Genome Amplification (WGA) & Genome Analysis

The fee for the course is $2200 and includes:

  • Course tuition & housing (single room dormatories)
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Daily Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  • One Group Dinner
  • Course certification


  • Nicole Poulton, Ph.D. - Director - Facility for Aquatic Cytometry
  • Ger van den Engh, Ph.D. - Center for Marine Cytometry (
  • Michael Lomas, Ph.D. – Director - National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota
  • Ramunas Stepanauskas, Ph.D. – Director, Single Cell Genomics Center
  • Laura Lubelczyk
  • Brian Thompson

TO REGISTER: Complete this online registration form; Maximum number of participants is 10. Once registered you will receive followup information regarding the payment process.

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