The Cell Analysis Facility


Welcome Thane Mittelstaedt, the new CAF Director!

The Cell Analysis Facility is located in the Department of Immunology at the UW Medicine South Lake Union Campus Room E-386.

The facility provides a broad range of instrumentation and expertise for addressing experimental issues related to single cells. The Facility makes available state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques while developing new ways of answering questions about the nature and function of cells. Not only is instrumentation available to the University community, but it is intended that the Facility contribute to all aspects of the research process. This includes consultation in experimental design, technical assistance in the operation of the instruments, distribution of raw data files, archival data storage, offline data analysis workstations, interpretation of results, and the provision of facilities for the preparation and production of presentation graphics.

To set up an account to access the instrument scheduling calendar, please see the section on Frequently Asked Questions

The facility makes collected data easily accesible via shared folders on the flowlab Google Drive that are linked to each users own UW email address. User's can login to their own UW google drive and navigare to the "Shared with me" link to access the flowlab folder with their data organized by instrument. The facility also maintains an additional back up copy of all data on a local hardrive system. Workstations for data analysis are available in the computer lab free of charge.

Remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by the Cell Analysis Facility in your research papers and publications: "This research was supported by the Cell Analysis Facility Flow Cytometry Shared Resource Lab in the Department of Immunology at the University of Washington."


Users can now Subscribe to Facility Announcements: Add your email to our mailing list.

Scheduling Calendar: You will need to login with your UWNetID to schedule time. If you do not have a UWNetID or have not created an account with the facility, please contact the CAF staff to be added to the access list. See Scheduling for more detailed information.

Any material requiring BSL-2 containment or any viable cells that could be classified as BSL-2 (this is all human cell lines and primary human samples ) must be cleared through EH&S by submitting a Biological Use Authorization form (BUA) form prior to cell sorting.

When signing up for a sort please indicates the cells origin and you must specify the Biosafety level of your material. If it is BSL-2 you may not sort unless your lab is approved.  

Approval will be given on a case by case basis through IBS commitee and EH&S depending on the risk assessment as it applies specifically to cell sorting in the Cell Analysis Facility. Contact to obtain the necessary forms and instructions to add the Cell Analysis Facility to your approved protocol.

Please refer to Sorting Requirements for additional information.


If you have any questions or any concerns please contact the facility staff at
or call (206) 685-3014.


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