Getting started with Sydney Cytometry
The facility charges user fees, depending on the type of user and the level of support and training required.
1. RegistrATION & Biosafety approval
New users must register via the Sydney Cytometry PPMS page, and once an account has been created, complete the biosafety documentation. Step-by-step instructions for requesting an account, training, and biosafety approval via PPMS are available at https://goo.gl/VJvoIp.
A user meeting will be arranged to discuss the project and agree upon the research collaboration and appropriate training. Experiments can begin as soon as biosafety approval has been granted.
2. INDUCTION AND ACCESS
The Sydney Cytometry core facility has two laboratories: one in the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), and one in the Centenary Institute (CI). Details for gaining access (for new or existing users) to each can be found at the links below:
3. INSTRUMENT TRAINING
In order to request training for a specific instrument, go to the 'Request' tab in PPMS, and then select the relevant training type (e.g. CYTOMETRY- *General Training Request Form). Instruments cannot be booked until specific instrument training has been completed. Step-by-step instructions for requesting an account, training, and biosafety approval via PPMS are available at https://goo.gl/VJvoIp.
For cell sorting experiments, the instruments are generally run by trained operators. Training of users on the cell sorters isn't typically offered, but experiments can be booked through the online form (see 'request a sort' below).
4. BookING INSTRUMENTS
Instruments can be booked using the PPMS system. Bookings can only be made after users have been trained on, and approved for a specific system. Instrument availabilities (even if not approved for use) can be viewed under the 'Schedules' tab.
Cell sorting bookings can be requested through the online form. Like any instrument, sorting requires prior biosafety approval before requesting a sort.