Pathology Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory

The Pathology FACSCelesta and NovoCyte are scheduled for appointments using a web-based calendaring application developed in-house.


As of July 1, 2016, all appointments must be booked using a shortcode. Recharge rates as of July 1, 2016 are:

$17/hr operating the machine on your own

$45/hr with training assistance

Recharge rates are subject to change.

Billing occurrs in 0.25 hr increments.


To use the calendar:

  • Click link above.
  • Sign in with U-M Level 2 password.
  • Click the appropriate calendar for the instrument you wish to use.
  • Navigate to the appropriate day. 
  • Click and drag on the calendar to select an appointment time.
  • When you release the mouse button, a popup window appears.
  • Choose your name in the "Appt for user" field.
    • If necessary, use "Find User" button.
  • Verify start and end dates.
  • Verify start and end times.  Can change at this point if you wish.
  • Duration and cost are shown.
  • Choose your PI.
    • If necessary, use "Find PI" button.
  • Include your phone number and shortcode.
    • You will not be able to sign up for an appointment without a shortcode.
  • Check the box if this is a training session.
    • To alleviate scheduling conflicts, users are not permitted to sign up for a training session online with less than 48 hrs notice.  However, if an urgent need arises, it's still possible - call 4-4003 and I will work with you to find a time.
  • Click "Save Appointment."


Cancelling appointments

  • Click your appointment.
  • A pop-up window appears.
  • Click "Delete" if it is available.
  • Users are not permitted to delete their own appointments under certain circumstances.


Flow calendar etiquette

  • For your own benefit, budgets permitting, please DO schedule more than the amount of time you think you will need, particularly if you are new to flow.  This is my personal recommendation based on experience.
  • For the benefit of others, please cancel appointments as soon as you know you are not going to be using the time.  Same-day cancellations can be problematic.
  • Likewise, once you become facile with the machine and familiar with the length of time your experiments take, pare back the amount of time you schedule to allow space for other users.
  • Please try to be on time.  In the beginning this will be quite difficult.  That is one reason I recommend scheduling extra time.  But coming late and running into someone else's appointment creates problems.
  • If you are using the machine after 5 pm weekdays, please check the calendar carefully to see if you are the last user of the day.  If so, it is YOUR responsibility to properly shut down the machine!  It unnecessarily increases wear and tear on the machine to leave it on overnight.