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High-dimensional cytometry and imaging technologies

Critical to investigating complex immune responses to disease is the capacity to measure cells at the single-cell level, examining multiple features of the cell simultaneously. To address this, we develop and apply a variety of high-dimensional cytometry technologies and assays.

High-dimensional flow cytometry


We have developed novel technology platforms, such as our world first 10-laser ‘LSR-X’ platform developed with BD, and one of the first published 25 colour flow cytometry assays (Ashhurst et al. 2017).

Spectral cytometry


Most recently, we have implemented high-dimensional spectral cytometry platforms and panels, and performed comprehensive evaluations of both conventional and spectral cytometry (Niewold*, Ashhurst* et al. 2020).

Mass cytometry (CyTOF)


We also developed the first assays to be used on Australia’s first mass cytometer (CyTOF) (Ashhurst et al. 2019), as well as Australia’s first Imaging Mass Cytometer (IMC, SpectreMAP Github). We have recently published a book (HM McGuire, TM Ashhurst (eds). 2019), featuring a collecting of up-to-date and cutting-edge protocols in mass cytometry, which is now a standard resource in the field.

Imaging Mass Cytometry (IMC)



Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNAseq)