Imperial College London

Dr Lucas Black

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Flow Cytometry Specialist





H.2.08Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Lucas Black runs the clinical flow cytometry suit for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He works on clinical trials and GCLP flow cytometry projects as well as developing new high-parameter flow panels for research. 

The IAVI flow suit ay C&W has two BD Fortessa cytometers and a 30-parameter BD Symphony X-50. These instruments are clinically validated to GCLP standards. 

Lucas was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in southern England before moving to Edinburgh to do his undergraduate degree in Marine Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. After completing his BSc. Lucas moved into biophysics and imaging working with Dr. Rosalind Allen and Dr. Bruce Ward to complete his PhD on the adaptation of bacteria to high hydrostatic pressure. During his PhD Lucas built and tested a range of high pressure confocal microscope imaging cells.

After completing his PhD Lucas moved to Montpellier, France, to work on a biophysics project enumerating gene expression in bacteria in response to changes of environment. Using advanced microscopy techniques, such as FCS and RICS, he was able to provide quantitative data for mathematical models.

After an 18 month stay in Cape Town Lucas took up a one year position at the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacological Unit at Oxford University as the Imaging Research Scientist.

When not imaging very small things at work Lucas likes to take photos of slightly larger things, especially waterlilies. His photography website can be found at



Wahl S, Drong A, Lehne B, et al., 2017, Epigenome-wide association study of body mass index, and the adverse outcomes of adiposity, Nature, Vol:541, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:81-+

Trouche S, Perestenko PV, van de Ven GM, et al., 2016, Recoding a cocaine-place memory engram to a neutral engram in the hippocampus, Nature Neuroscience, Vol:19, ISSN:1097-6256, Pages:564-+

Black SL, Dawson A, Ward FB, et al., 2013, Genes Required for Growth at High Hydrostatic Pressure in Escherichia coli K-12 Identified by Genome-Wide Screening, Plos One, Vol:8, ISSN:1932-6203

Vass H, Black SL, Flors C, et al., 2013, Single-molecule imaging at high hydrostatic pressure, Applied Physics Letters, Vol:102, ISSN:0003-6951

Vass H, Black SL, Herzig EM, et al., 2010, A multipurpose modular system for high-resolution microscopy at high hydrostatic pressure, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol:81, ISSN:0034-6748

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