Cytek Customer Spotlight

Dr Matt Burton, Manager, Flow Cytometry & Imaging Facility at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ejut_zzu8aealga.jpgThe Flow Cytometry & Imaging Facility located at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute provides instrumentation and assistance for performing flow cytometry, cell sorting and confocal microscopy. Headed up by Dr. Matthew Burton, the facility provides extensive instrument training as well guidance in experimental setup and design. Says Dr. Burton, "Analysing cells can be a complex science, so we're here to help our researchers get the most from all the instrumentation we have available."

The facility supports a wide range of research with immunophenotyping and stem cell investigation being at the forefront and MCRI is at the leading edge of innovative technology relevant to cellular research and analysis. One such technology, the spectral detector approach offered by Cytek on the Aurora Flow Cytometer, was an attractive alternative to the more conventional flow cytometers that were already housed at the MCRI facility.

Dr. Burton explains "A 5 laser system was our base because we had so many researchers with established panels on our current 5 laser instruments. UV was a key requirement. We felt the spectral capabilities and the elimination of the need to match specific flurochromes to filters was a big advantage in a diverse multi-user facility. Now, as long as a probe is sufficiently excited, users can run them on the Aurora, no more turning them away if we don't have a suitable filter."

image006.pngAcquired through Cytek's sole distributor in Australia, Millennium Science, the Cytek Aurora 5 laser system was installed mid-December 2019 and has since seen enthusiastic adoption and significant use by many research groups at MCRI. The user-friendly interface, far-red sensitivity and the spectral capabilities are the favourite features of the technology so far.

"It's certainly moved users off our other instruments! The spectral aspect has made panel design easier for researchers who seem to be continually expanding their panels and enabling research that was previously very challenging." adds Dr. Burton.

For more information on how to access the Cytek Aurora system at MCRI, please contact Dr. Burton on

mcri_logo_colour_4.jpgAbout MCRI

Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top three worldwide for research quality and impact. Our team of more than 1200 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. Many of our researchers are also clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Their research is informed by the problems facing their patients, but it also means when a discovery is made, this is quickly transformed into practical treatments for children in the hospital.

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Cytek Biosciences Inc. is a leading flow cytometry solution provider that develops compact, affordable instruments with high multiplexing capability and a wide range of services to support scientists and clinicians. Cytek is headquartered in Fremont, California with branch offices and distribution channels across the globe.

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mscience-au-stacked-rgb.jpgAbout Millennium Science

Millennium Science is a specialist distribution company established in 1999 specifically to source, supply and support high technology solutions to the Australasian Life Science market. Now 21 years in operation, the company is well established as a leading distributor of instrumentation and reagents for the Australasian biotechnology research market with recognition of performance and business practice excellence by the global companies we represent.

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