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Flow cytometry is a technology that discriminates between particles, usually different types of cells, using multiple physical characteristics. The particles flow through a beam of light which is diverted slightly depending on the density, granularity and size of each particle. Alternatively, fluorescence labels can be attached to a specific cell type within a mixed population to permit identification.


Bespoke projects

Using flow cytometry, we can offer bespoke project design and implementation services to assess pharmaceuticals and dietary supplement activity, including:

  • probiotics
  • antibiotics
  • prebiotics
  • proteins, fibres, and carbohydrates.

Typical projects assess the effects of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements on major bacterial gut populations and functionally, on metabolite, ammonia, acid, and gas production.

To find out more about flow cytometry, please contact Dr Marie Lewis in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.


Food Processing Centre

Our Food Processing Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK, with a floor space of 1,100 square metres. The Centre contains processing equipment for food product development work, allowing you to simulate and recreate industry conditions.

Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition

The Hugh Sinclair Unit is a leading centre for human clinical nutrition studies, exploring the relationship between diet and the risk of chronic disease.

The Flavour Centre

Understanding the chemistry of flavour is crucial to developing successful new products. Our Flavour Centre helps to ensure that both new and existing products are as appealing as possible.
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