Amanda F Baker

Research Interests

Amanda Baker, PhD, and Caroline Garcia, Associate Vice President for Research, direct the Flow Cytometry Shared Service, a partnership between The University of Arizona Cancer Center and Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Biotechnology. The Flow Cytometry Shared Service (FCSS) at The University of Arizona Cancer Center supports the research needs of all Cancer Center members by providing state-of-the-art instrumentation for data acquisition, analysis, and cell sorting, and the technical expertise to interpret results, and develop methods. They offer information about new techniques, and applications of flow cytometry through workshops and seminars, and provide training to interested facility users who wish to run their own samples. Individual consultation services are available to discuss the specifics of each project.Flow cytometry is a powerful tool that measures the functional and structural characteristics of heterogeneous mixtures of cells and particles in suspension based on their ability to scatter light. The cell sorting function separates these cells physically into their different classes. Researchers have the capability to analyze and sort cells by differences in physiology, metabolism, morphology and other characteristics. The ability to distinguish different cell types is limited only by the ability to attach specific fluorescent markers to the cells.