Michael Hulsey is a technical applications specialist in the Immunocytometry Systems Group of Becton Dickinson Biosciences, the largest vendor of cytometry equipment in the world. Hulsey received his M.S. degree in cell physiology from Georgia State University in 2001. He has worked at BD Biosciences since 2007 and is responsible for providing technical assistance to BD customers with all of the instrumentation produced by BD.
Prior to working at BD Biosciences, Hulsey worked as a technical director of flow cytometry for the Emory Vaccine Center at Yerkes Primate Center Flow Cytometry Core from 2000 to 2007. The Vaccine Center Flow Core had six analytical instruments, as well as two cell sorters.
While working at Emory, Hulsey maintained the instruments, taught students how to use instruments, and operated the cell sorters on a daily basis. The core serviced approximately 200 users at any given time.
Technical Applications Specialist, Immunocytometry Systems Group, BD Biosciences
A Flow Cytometer is an analytical tool used by biomedical researchers for studies of many species and biological systems. The data files generated by these systems can become quite large depending on the complexity of a particular system ranging upward of hundreds of kilobytes per file. These instruments are typically housed in a research core to take advantage of shared resources of an institution. The number of investigators taking advantage of these shard resources can be extensive at a particular research facility.
The storage, management, and achieving of the data generated by these shared resource instruments typically falls on the scientific core manager. Scientific core managers can be quite busy handling the operation of their facility as well as conducting their own research. Archiving of the data produced by these instruments can very be haphazard. The randomness of achieving and storage can make retrieving data for analysis difficult and result in loss of precious data. As scientific journals move toward open access of data files as part of a scientific publication, the archiving of this data becomes paramount while also maintaining protection of intellectual property of an individual scientist. There currently is not a wide spread or proven system for the achieving and protection of this type of data.