Flow cytometry measures high-order multidimensional data with single cell granularity. This powerful science acquires these measurements at rates of thousands per second and can work with virtually unlimited population sizes, offering incredible statistical uses. To use this data and return a highly purified subpopulation of live functional cells is the magic of cell sorting.
Given this power, the CoRE provides all members of the Mount Sinai community the instrumentation and subject expertise to incorporate flow cytometry and cell sorting into any research project. Please explore these web pages to learn more about our amazing services and brilliant people.
Meet the Team, Flow Cytometry
Meet the scientists in charge of the Flow Cytometry CoRE.
Jordi Ochando, PhD
Dr. Ochando is Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine and Oncological Sciences and is a member of the Immunology Institute and Tisch Cancer Institute. His laboratory investigates the origin, development and immune regulatory function of monocyte-derived suppressive cells (MDSC). Since MDSC have considerable relevance to the crucial problem as why a growing tumor cannot be rejected despite the recognition of tumor associated antigens, Dr. Ochando's laboratory investigates the immunological mechanisms of tumor acceptance mediated by MDSC, which can be exploited to prevent allograft rejection in transplantation.
Laboratory Operations Manager
Christopher Bare has been a flow cytometry professional since 1995 in a variety of commercial and academic institutions including BD Biosciences, Rockefeller University, AnaptysBio, MSKCC, Weill Cornell, Galapagos Genomics, and UCSF Gladstone Institutes. His research experience has encompassed human disease from HIV to diabetes to psoriasis, as well as the prokaryotic and plant kingdoms. Chris received his degree from Cornell University, with additional graduate study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Gina Viavattene, MS
Gina joined the CORE in 2017 after several years in a local Genomics Core. She brings special focus on single cell applications with her expertise in sorting. Gina holds a Master's in Biology from St John's University.
XuQiang Qiao, MS
Senior Associate Researcher
Xuqiang Qiao has worked in the Mount Sinai flow facility since 2008, with his involvement if flow cytometry starting earlier in 2006. Before discovering his calling in cell sorting, he had worked 5 years in a bioresearch lab. Xuqiang Qiao received his bachelor degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
Edgardo Ariztia, PhD
Senior Associate Researcher
Edgardo is an immunologist who joined the CORE in 2017 from the ISMMS Department of Oncological Sciences. Edgardo is an expert in many aspects of immunophentyping and molecular biology to complement his cytometry skills. Edgardo achieved his PhD at Rush University with subsequent postdoc experience at ISMMS.
Rhea joined the CORE in 2019 after completing her Bachelor's degree at Stony Brook University. She brings fast-paced cytometry experience from previous employment at Hospital for Special Surgery. Rhea is a specialist at applying high-dimensional data analysis algorithms to flow cytometry. She is also the resident expert in the use of the Amnis ImageStream cytometer.
Melissa joined the CoRE in 2020 after completing her MS at the College of Staten Island. She also holds an adjunct Biology Professor position at CUNY. Melissa brings her cytometry skill and scientific insight with a primary focus on the Cancer Center cytometers.
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