Flow Stars

Flow Stars

Candid conversations with the big hitters of flow cytometry presented by Dr Peter O'Toole. Brought to you by Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and Bitesize Bio. Flow Stars is a podcast from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and Bitesize Bio that interviews some big hitters in the flow cytometry world. Your host is Dr Peter O'Toole (University of York), an engaging and energic personality who knows how to throw a few curveballs to keep his guest on their toes. This series takes us through the highs and lows of life in flow cytometry, looking back at guests' careers and forward to the future of this technology. Whether you already have your feet firmly in the field or are just cheering from the side lines, each episode entertains, informs, and inspires in equal measure. https://bitesizebio.com/flowstars


August 10, 2022 61 mins

#S3:E6 — Sara De Biasi and Andrea Cossarizza from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) chat with Peter O'Toole about how they were able to quickly respond to news of a novel coronavirus as early as January 2020, and how their work was crucial to understanding the effect of COVID-19 on the immune system.

They also discuss the pros and cons of moving abroad or staying where you are to pursue a career, as well ...

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#S3:E5 — Jessica Houston chats to Peter O'Toole about developing her own niche as a new PI, while balancing this with a busy family home life. She discusses her new appointment as president-elect for the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), and the important role societies can play in science. She recalls her early career developing her research, and how she knew industry wasn't for her!

Jessica also c...

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July 13, 2022 65 mins

#S3:E4 — Bill Telford is Head of the NCI Research Flow Facility at the NCI Center for Cancer Research.

In this episode of Flow Stars, Bill joins Peter O'Toole to discuss his early career inspirations, his passion for supporting international instrument donation and training initiatives, some of the challenges he's faced running a flow core facility, and being a bit of a science geek—he builds his own flow cytometers using 3...

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June 29, 2022 62 mins

#S3:E3 — Andrea Holme is Head of the Iain Fraser Cytometry Centre at the University of Aberdeen.

In this episode of Flow Stars, Andrea joins Peter O'Toole to discuss how she was able to use her passion for traveling to her advantage during her varied scientific career. They also chat about the key differences between industry and academia, why she thinks it's important to be involved in different scientific societies, and a...

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#S3:E2 — Grace Chojnowski is Flow Cytometry and Imaging Facility Manager at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

In this episode of Flow Stars, Grace joins Peter O'Toole to discuss why understanding the theory behind your experiment is key in flow cytometry, why she'd like a flow lab in the Alps, and her early career as an Australian living in London. We also hear about a funny interview story and talk candidly abo...

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June 1, 2022 64 mins

#S3:E1 — John Tigges joins Peter O'Toole in the latest episode of Flow Stars to discuss his passion for training the next generation of scientists in flow cytometry, his hobbies of DJing and MCing, and managing the business side of a core facility. We also hear why he thinks people who work in core facilities are often like the bartenders of the science world—and how he has often heard more than he should have!

Watch or Lis...

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#S2:E6 — Paul K. Wallace of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was one of the first clinical cytometrists. He has had a huge influence on the field of flow cytometry, particularly in developing assays to track immune function. In this engaging episode of Flow Stars, Paul chats to Peter O’Toole about his early ambitions to become a vet, the importance of education and training in flow cytometry, and how his role h...

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March 9, 2022 62 mins

#S2:E5 — Alice Givan, now retired, was previously the director of the Flow Cytometry/Fluorescence Imaging Core at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center/Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and author of the classic text Flow Cytometry: First Principles.

In today's episode of Flow Stars, Alice joins Peter O'Toole to discuss how funding issues led to her first job working with a flow cytometer, her love of teaching and why eve...

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#S2:E4 — Rui Gardner is Flow Cytometry Core Head at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
In today’s lively episode of Flow Stars, Rui joins Peter O’Toole to discuss why all undergraduates should be taught how to ask questions, science careers for extroverts, conference nostalgia—and pitchers of sangria—and how to take a brooding boyband lab photo! We also discover what it was like moving continents twice, and wh...

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#S2:E3 — Kylie Price is the Head of Research Technology at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in New Zealand and current Secretary of ISAC. She is a tireless proponent of the benefits of cytometry and of improving science and technology in New Zealand. She’s also pretty tireless in general, it turns out, as we discover in this episode of Flow Stars.

Whether it’s introducing her children to the wonders of the natural...

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#S2:E2 — In the latest episode of Flow Stars, Peter O’Toole is joined by the inspiring Pratip Chattopadhyay, who has had an illustrious career in the fields of flow cytometry and immunoassays and was the founding Director of NYU Langone Health’s Precision Immunology Laboratory (PIL).

He is also the founder of startup biomarker discovery engine Talon Biomarkers. Today we discover why Pratip believes in bringing science into...

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January 12, 2022 66 mins

#S2:E1 — Garry Nolan of the Stanford University School of Medicine has been hugely influential in the fields of hematopoiesis, cancer and leukemia, and network and systems immunology. In the latest inspiring episode of Flow Stars, Garry chats to Peter O’Toole about ensuring scientific research benefits the public, his collection of carnivorous plants, commercializing research, why it’s important to move outside your comfor...

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July 14, 2021 59 mins

#S1:E6 — Many of us owe a debt of thanks to Paul Robinson of Purdue University for developing and maintaining the flow cytometry listserv, and for writing the Handbook of Flow Cytometry Methods. In this episode of Flow Stars, we’ll learn more about how these projects came about. We’ll also discover more about Paul’s passions, his scientific inspirations, and what compelled him to climb Mount Everest. In this thought-provok...

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June 30, 2021 64 mins

#S1:E5 — In this episode of Flow Stars, we’re joined by Paul Smith of Cardiff University, who has spent his impressive career using flow cytometry and imaging to tackle problems in cancer biology. We’ll hear more about Paul’s views on the importance of collaborative working, why he hates following recipes, and why you should think carefully about the toys you buy your children. Paul will also let us in on some secrets to s...

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#S1:E4 — In today’s episode of Flow Stars we discover more about cytometry training with Derek Davies of the Francis Crick Institute and Karen Hogg of the University of York. These two exceptional trainers share their thoughts on the importance of networking, what gets them out of bed in the morning, and – in Derek’s case – the trials and tribulations of Carshalton Athletic FC. The pair discuss their career highs – and low...

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June 2, 2021 56 mins

##S1:E3 — Join us for the latest episode of Flow Stars, as we chat to Liam Whitby, Director of UK NEQAS, about his role in improving patient care through quality testing and reporting. We learn more about Liam’s love of superheroes and Disney and how he’s really just a big kid at heart, why you should always visit supermarkets while travelling, and the importance of resilience when life throws you a curve ball. Touching on...

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##S1:E2 — In this episode of Flow Stars, we’re joined by Jonni Moore of the University of Pennsylvania and Rachel Errington of Cardiff University.

In this frank and forthright discussion, we talk about the role of cytometry in interdisciplinary research, and the future of the field, taking in Great Expectations, Brentford FC, and the Philadelphia Eagles along the way.

We can also give advance warning of a soccer match to b...

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#S1:E1 — Our first episode of Flow Stars features not one, but two big hitters in the world of flow cytometry, which creates a dynamic and energetic conversation.

We find out about Tim’s love for brewing, including how he taught his kid to brew as a science lesson and discuss Alfonso’s passion for kicking people (in organized sports) and how his Olympic hopes were dashed by an unfortunate knee injury.

While we get to know T...

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