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Flow Cytometry Facility
Barbara Pilas, Ph.D - Director
231 Edward R. Madigan Laboratory,
1201 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-0559    
FAX: (217) 244-0446     


Prior to project initiation, a meeting is required with CBC staff to discuss each project. If mutually agreed that the CBC can support the project, we will deliver a quote outlining the approach, timeline, and cost for the agreed service(s). As this is cutting-edge science, we cannot guarantee success, in all cases the user will be billed for cost and labor for CBC effort per our fee structure. After acceptance of the quote, the user will fill out and return the sample submission form provided with the quote, and also found on each CBC facility’s website. All samples are assumed to be safe, and no greater than BSL1, unless otherwise agreed upon in advance. The user must diligently and transparently followed all University of Illinois sample acquisition, movement, and safety protocols.

Flow Cytometry on-Campus Service Fees beginning April 1, 2021:

Type of Analyzer



Accuri C6

LSR Fortessa

(1/2 hr then actual time)





FACS Aria Sorting Assisted: $175/hr

Bio-Rad Multiplex Suspension Systems: $198/plate.

Cell Counter: $2/slide

Sample Preparation: Technician time will be billed at $25.00 per hour, use of fluorescence microscope and cell culture facility including standard reagents are included in the fees listed. Custom reagents will be billed at cost.

-- A minimum fee will be assessed equal to 1 hour of use plus any setup fee or one hour less than the amount of time reserved, plus a setup fee, whichever is greater.

Cancellation of Appointments

-- No charge for appointments canceled > 48 hours in advance.

-- Appointments cancelled < 48 hours but > 24 hours in advance will be billed 1/2 hour of use.

-- Appointments cancelled < 24 hours in advance will be billed the whole scheduled time.

-- This is an abridged list of our service prices and subject to change at any time; please contact Dr. Barbara Pilas, Director of Flow Cytometry, at 217-244-0559 or for information on prices and other issues related to your project.

-- Facility users not within the State of Illinois are subject to a 31.9% indirect cost rate. State of Illinois institutions are subject to a 31.9% indirect cost rate for Federally-funded projects, and 10% indirect cost rate for non-Federally funded projects. Off-campus projects require an off-campus user form, to be provided by the facility, and if over $10,000 a technical testing agreement. For further information contact Dr. Mark A. Mikel (217-244-0144; ), Associate Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center.

Sorting Policy

  1. Any sort with BSL2 material has to be approved by DRS. Before the sort please fill out our Sorting Biosafety Form.

  2. Sorting time will be charged as scheduled for the first hour ($175) and afterwards the actual time.

  3. It is user's responsibility to remember their sorting appointment time. In case of delay or cancellation, notify cell sorter facility personnel as soon as possible by phone (217) 244-0559 or email:;;

  4. Users who cancel the sort less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled time will be charged for their entire scheduled sort time.  

All scientific work performed by the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (CBC) is required to be acknowledged in scholarly publications, posters, and presentations.  Proper recognition allows us to measure the impact of our work and supports our initiatives in obtaining sponsored funding. In addition, any CBC personnel who make a substantial intellectual or experimental contribution are deserving of further recognition as co-author.