The FCSR operates five cell sorters that provide a wealth of opportunities for cell sorting, including both staff-operated and self-run cell sorters.
Regulatory standards require that cell sorting laboratories comply with BSL2 requirements at a minimum. As cell sorting is known to create aerosols, many organisms which can normally be safely handled at the BSL2 level require BSL3 precautions due to the creation of aerosols. The Flow Cytometry Shared Resource facility is able to comply with these standards only at the level of BSL2 with enhanced precautions. The shared resource will not sort samples which require BSL3 containment.