Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre (Core Facility)

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The Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre (IFCC) is a multi-user GMO and BSL2-approved cytometry facility. The mission of IFCC is to provide investigators access to well-maintained instrumentation and human domain expertise for successful research outcomes. The IFCC gratefully acknowledges the following funding sources for equipment acquisitions: Dr Iain Fraser, University of Aberdeen, Saving Sight for Grampian, SULSA, Friends of Anchor, and The Gordon and Emily Baxter Foundation.

Dr Andrea Holme manages the facility and will be pleased to discuss collaborations and projects.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. How do I book machine time, training, or sorting? Register for an iLab account: Click on the Registration button located on the top right of this page (or click here) and follow the instructions (here). Request for training and services will only be possible once you have an iLab account and log into the IFCC iLab site.  iLab provides 24/7 support and if you have any issues with your account, contact them by e-mail:ilab-support@agilent.com.

2. What Services do you offer, and how much do they cost?  The Facility operates on a fee-for-use basis following university recharge policies. Access to the IFCC facility is provided to University of Aberdeen faculty and staff, external academics, and for-profit companies through fee-for-service, project basis, partnerships, and collaboration. Contact the IFCC at cytometry@abdn.ac.uk to discuss rates and project scope. 

Pricing Eligibility criteria:

  • Internal Rates: Apply to UofA Staff, Students, and Affiliates (including Adjunct, Clinical, and Honorary appointments), when the project grant funding is administered by UofA.
  • External/TRACK Rates: Apply when the IFCC facility access is for a project with funding administered by another organization or has been commissioned by the funder.
  • Commercial Rates: Apply to commercial and industry-based projects.

3. What Instruments do you have?  BD LSR Fortessa, Attune NxT with 96/384 well plate HTS system, Dual Camera Amnis ImageStream MKII with 96 well plate loader, BD Influx, BioPlex 200, GentleMACs dissociator, and bespoke data analysis software. Laboratory also houses a biosafety cabinet, fume cupboard, Thermo Scientific™ Megafuge 16R- FACS Tubes, 96 well plates, 15 and 50 ml tubes, Eppendorf tube centrifuge, magnetic plate holder, shaker, and inverted phase-contrast microscope. 

4. What Training do you have, and how do I start a request for it?  Face-to-face training has resumed. Due to room occupancy, only one person can be trained at any time.  New users are given access to online training resources, which will enable them to commence their training even while working remotely.  

    1. Register for an iLab account- you only need to fill in the * sections. 
    2. Submit a Profile Registration request through iLab (Training and Instrument Access). This will trigger training and service meetings to schedule your bespoke support. 
    3. Hands-on instrument training competency evaluation Fortessa or Attune (pdf)


 -submit a contact request form.



Education, Links, and Resources










 BD Instruments

Attune NXT 
Attune™ NxT Software User Guide

BioPlex 200

 Amnis MKII ImageStream


 Data Analysis












Educational Videos





Acknowledgment Policy


1.     A publication includes data (main figures or supplemental) generated within the IFCC, state: “We acknowledge the Iain Fraser Cytometry Center for assistance with the generation of Cytometry data”. 

3.     If an IFCC member worked closely with you on a project, you should acknowledge this. It is good practice to include their name in the acknowledgment section, at least.

4.     In situations where intellectual input is given beyond basic training, you can offer staff a co-authorship. This is a critical consideration as a project evolves. Our resource staff is asked to contribute knowledge that makes a publication possible or enhances its value (novel resource laboratory work and insight, experiment design, preparation, data production & analysis). This should be discussed at the earliest opportunity.

7.     You can use our logo in a talk or a poster for a conference. This is intended to be for acknowledgment purposes.

8.     A bespoke Grant Support Letter can be provided. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr Holme.



























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Dr Andrea L. Holme
Head of Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre/ Principle Investigator

 The IFCC staff are active members of the Scottish Cytometry Society (SSC), the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), FlowUK (Royal Microscopy Society), Core Technologies for Life Sciences (CTLS)





Name Role Phone Email Location
Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre
University of Aberdeen

Services and Consumables

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FACS Cell Sorting (BD Influx) (1)
Sample Processing By Core Staff (1)

Available Equipment and Resources

Cell Sorter- IMS- Lab 1.38.1 (1)
Cytometry Instruments-IMS-2.54 (6)
Fume Cupboards, Auxiliary Equipment, Visits, Sample prep bench time (4)
Off line (1)
Remote Access for Data Analysis Tools (1)