FACS Recharge Core



FACS Core Laboratory, VA San Diego Healthcare System and Veteran’s Medical Research Foundation (VMRF)

The VA San Diego Healthcare System Immunogenetics Laboratory has two divisions: clinical and research. The laboratory functions as a CLIA-certified diagnostic laboratory for billable clinical tests performed by flow cytometry. The research division functions as the FACS Core laboratory that performs specialized flow cytometry tests for individual funded grants from VA, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Irvine, and Department of Defense. The clinical division is administered under the VA Pathology and Laboratory Services, while the research division is administered under Veteran’s Medical Research Foundation (VMRF).

The laboratory has a 1200 square feet space and a satellite room of 300 square feet shared with the Microbiology laboratory. The laboratory houses 2 Becton Dickinson FACSCalibur flow cytometers, each equipped with dual lasers, capable of performing and scanning up to 4 fluorescent colors, 2 FACSCanto, capable of performing up to 8-color flow cytometry and two off site work stations for data analysis. The laboratory performs approximately 8,000 flow cytometry tests including clinical and research. Some of the research protocols include surface, intracellular and nuclear immunophenotype of cell types. Tests not offered are flow sorting or cell cycle analysis, and these tests are performed at the VA Flow Cytometer Core Laboratory directed by Dr. Celsa Spina.

The medical director of the clinical portion of the laboratory is Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, M.D.  The director of the research division is Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, M.D. and associate director, Celsa Spina, Ph.D. Dr. Wang-Rodriguez is a board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with expertise in flow cytometry, hematopathology, and transfusion medicine. Dr. Celsa Spina is an experienced immunologist and the director of the VA Flow Cytometer Core Laboratory. The laboratory is CAP (Collage of American Pathologist) certified. The laboratory is also one of the twelve nationally ACTG (AIDS Collaborative Treatment Groups) certified laboratories, which is funded by the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and National Institutes of Health, for which the Immunogenetics laboratory performs specialized panels for the clinical trials.

For more information please contact Fran Keller (Mary.Keller@va.gov) at VA ext. 4379 or Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez (jwrodriguez@ucsd.edu) at VA ext. 3511.

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