The cell sorter is located at the EE building (Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2), 4th floor, lab 4091. It can be used for high-performance sorting of cells and other particles. For flow cytometry analysis without sorting, we recommend using an analytical flow cytometer. See for analytical instruments in Viikki.

Lasers and detectors available
Please see the current specifications

How to get started

The instrument can be used by trained personnel. Documented earlier use of a cell sorter or user training for sorting provided by BD or other expert institution are valid qualifications. We can provide training for users without earlier training or experience. There is also limited possibility of sorting as service.

See training and service options & practical instructions for new users for details. Please contact the FACSAria administration by sending an email to facsaria-admin [ät]


Helsinki University users are charged 30€/hour, and other users are charged 60€/hour, based on the user log of the FACSDiva software (starting when you log in the software and ending when you log out). The fees for user training per hour will consist of the instrument charge and a teaching fee (30 e/h).
Basic solutions (FACS Flow etc.) and basic disposables (test tubes, cell strainers, CS&T beads) are provided.

Using the instrument

You are required to master the instrument to be allowed to use it independently. Before start we will provide all users practical guidance for working in of the flow lab and create a FACSDiva user account for you. Registered users also get an access to a net based reservation calendar. Please also note our rules for FACSARia users:

For your convenience, here you can find operating instructions:   

The FACSAria users' mailing list

To receive notifications concerning FACSAria users, subscribe to our users' mailing list by sending an email to, with no subject, and "subscribe facsaria-viikki [ät]" as the message body.


Tiina Pessa-Morikawa, facsaria-admin [ät]