CIV FACS facility

Advanced cell sorting capabilities via state-of-the-art technology

The Centre for Immunology and Vaccinology (CIV) CL3 Cell Sorting Facility is located on the 2nd floor, in the Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory (room G.2.37/39/40) at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus of Imperial College London.  

We are the only Imperial facility providing containment level 3 live cell sorting services to researchers from the College and other institutions

The facility holds a state-of-the-art FACS Aria-III cell sorter that is located within a purpose-built robotic class II recirculating microbiological safety cabinet (MSC). The setup of the CIV cell sorting facility provides a great opportunity for researchers to sort live cells infected with Hazard Group 3 pathogens with high purity for further study, including genetic/genomic analysis, proteomics or subsequent in vitro cell culture and cell function analysis.  

The CIV CL3 laboratory is currently approved for conducting research on Human immunodeficiency viruses type 1 and 2, (HIV-1, HIV-2), Human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1, HTLV-2) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

We are happy to provide help and advice on biosafety, sample preparation, experimental, and multi-colour antibody panel design.

The CL3 laboratory is managed by Dominic Smith and his deputies Parisa Amjadi and Elizabeth Atkins.  

The CL3 cell sorting facility is managed by Parisa Amjadi and directed by the head of the CIV, Professor Xiao-Ning Xu