Overview

The UAB Flow Cytometry Lab is home to a staff of medical laboratory professionals who perform complex testing using state-of-the-art flow cytometry equipment. This testing, through research, education, and clinical testing, expands the knowledge base and enhances customer satisfaction by providing highly specific, sensitive, and accurate testing in a timely manner. Our goal is excellent service through quality testing.

The flow cytometry laboratory performs high complexity ancillary assays that are essential support for the Hematopathology service and patient management. Each year, over 4,500 flow studies of the peripheral blood, bone marrow, body fluids, and tissue biopsies are analyzed in combination with morphology and molecular findings to provide the initial diagnosis as well as follow-up response to therapy. These include acute leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma, and bone marrow failure syndromes. In addition, the flow cytometry laboratory performs over 5,000 studies for enumeration of T-lymphocyte subsets that are critical in the management of patients with immunodeficiency, solid organ transplants, or immune reconstitution following bone marrow transplantation.

Hours: 
The flow cytometry laboratory is open from Monday through Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm.

Our Flow Cytometry Laboratory Faculty and Staff

John Choi, MD, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine
Section Head, Flow Cytometry Lab
At UAB since 08/03/2020

Diana Morlote, MD
Assistant Professor, Genomic Diagnostics and Bioinformatics

Vishnu Reddy, MD
Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Section Head, Hematopathology

Frida Rosenblum, MD
Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine

Adam Wilberger, MD
Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine

Nancy D Wasson
Lead Medical Technologist
At UAB 27 years

Cathy Huffman
Medical Technologist - At UAB 20 years

Rhonda Boyd
Medical Technologist- At UAB 6 years

(James) Tim Wamble
Supervisor -At UAB 30 years

Kelley Roach
Medical Technologist - At UAB 31 years

Sandra B Ross
Medical Technologist - At UAB 13 years

Residency/Fellowship Training

Residents and fellows during their core Hematopathology rotation are exposed to flow cytometry via daily sign-out with morphologic and molecular correlation. Education to flow cytometry is currently being developed with the eventual goal of providing formal didactic sessions, practical hands-on instruction for flow cytometry analysis, and a study set of difficult and interesting flow cytometry cases. Flow cytometry advances are being actively pursued in the laboratory (see below, especially items 2 and 3) and research opportunities for residents and fellows will be available.

Questions should be directed to:

John Kim Choi, MD, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
WP P230N
619 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35249-7331
phone: 205-934-4555
fax: 205-975-4468
email: johnchoi@uabmc.edu