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Perlman Named Director of Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Harris Perlman, PhD, Solovy/Arthritis Research Society Professor of Rheumatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named Director of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Flow Cytometry Core Facility.

The Flow Cytometry Core Facility provides investigators with comprehensive flow cytometry and cell sorting services; supporting enhanced scientific interaction and productivity within the Lurie Cancer Center and affording access to reliable, quality-controlled, specialized technology in a cost-effective manner. The facility serves as a focus for investigators interested in cellular based measurements and cellular heterogeneity in disease.

In his role as Director, Perlman will be responsible for the technical oversight and management of the core facility, as well as new assay development and advising investigators on experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation. “Over the past several years, my laboratory has devised cutting edge protocols and techniques for advancing flow cytometry.  I am excited to provide novel, state of the art techniques to analyze complex tissue samples from patients and model organisms at a single cell level for the Northwestern Medicine community,” said Perlman, a member of the Lurie Cancer Center.

The Perlman Lab centers on the role that macrophages play in the development, persistence and resolution of acute and chronic Inflammation, and collaborates with various groups to determine the role that macrophages play in cancer. In addition, Perlman’s laboratory has developed flow cytometry protocols to identify and sort macrophages from all tissues, including spleen, liver, lung, kidney, joint, bone marrow and blood.

Prior to joining Northwestern in 2008, Perlman was an Associate Professor and Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Saint Louis University Medical School. He will replace William Karpus, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology at Feinberg and Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the Graduate School of Northwestern University.

“We are excited to have Harris Perlman assume the leadership of the flow cytometry core,” said Milan Mrksich, PhD, Associate Director for Research Technology and Infrastructure at the Lurie Cancer Center. This core is central to cancer researchers across Feinberg and under the guidance of Dr. Karpus, the core has become one of the most highly ranked by its users.  We are confident that Dr. Perlman, with his years of experience managing a cytometry core at Saint Louis University, will lead the core into a new generation of automated instruments.”

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