Core FacilityFlow Cytometry & FACS Core Facility (FFCF)

Flow cytometry and FACS (fluorescence activated cell sorting) represent fast and reliable methods for characterizing and isolating certain cell subpopulations based on fluorescent labeling, and can be applied to a great variety of organisms and cell types, including both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and offers the possibility of flow cytometric cell analysis and cell sorting.

The FFCF is a DFG-registered service unit (RI 00566). The facility is mainly supported by the ZMBH. Financial support was also provided by the Field of Focus 1 / HMLS, CellNetworks, SFB 638, SFB 1036 and the GK 1188. Dr. Monika Langlotz runs the FFCF as head of the facility together with Prof. Dr. Michael Knop as responsible PI.

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Project Request

All researchers of the University of Heidelberg, DKFZ, EMBL and MPImF are welcome to request service and instrument training from the facility. We also accept projects from non-campus scientists. 

We offer introduction tutorials to flow cytometry and the use of the analytical instruments, as well as support and aid in all questions concerning flow cytometry as a method. Users who have received the necessary training can autonomously operate the analyzers. The facility staff operates the cell sorters and provides aid in using the analyzers.

Service Request Timeline: 1. First Contact via m.langlotz@zmbh.uni-heidelberg.de, 2. Research Plan: Discussion of capabilities/limits for the project 3. Online Registration: Create Clustermarket account 4. Service/Training Request: Arrangement of Flow Cytometer training or Cell Analysis/Sorting service 5. Instrument Booking (Trained Users): Access to booking schedule 6. Sample Submission (Service Users) 7. Lab Work (Service Users): Measurements are performed/sorting is done 8. Sample return/results

Trained users have access to our online booking system. To arrange an individual instrument training or to request a service appointment for cell analysis or sorting please send an e-mail to m.langlotz@zmbh.uni-heidelberg.de.

Instrument Booking   Equipment


Flow Cytometry & FACS Core Facility (FFCF)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345

EG R066 (Office) and R009/R010 (Lab)

69120 Heidelberg

Dr. Monika Langlotz (Head)

Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
EG R066 (Office) and R009/R010 (Lab)
69120 Heidelberg

+49 6221 - 546843


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Claudia Helbig (TA)

+49 6221 - 546843


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Selection of recent publications with significant contribution of the Flow Cytometry & FACS Core Facility

Funding Resources

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