March 16, 2015  |  User Stories  |  By  |  0 Comments

User Stories: Erica Alvendia and her experience with Cytobank 4.2 release

Welcome to Cytobank User Stories, a series featuring interviews with Cytobank users on their research, scientific vision, and use of fluorescence and mass cytometry.

This time we interview Erica Alvendia, a Research Associate at Primity Bio in Fremont, California.  We asked Erica to share with us her favorite features from our 4.2 release and to describe how this release has helped to improve her scientific workflow.

What are you excited about in science? What is your scientific vision?
Erica Alvendia

Erica Alvendia
Research Associate at Primity Bio

Science has such a broad subject range that there is always something new to learn. The knowledge you can obtain seems endless and that’s what I find exciting. More specifically, I’m fascinated with reading up on the pathogenesis of various diseases (especially the rare ones) and learning about the different treatments available for them. With that said, it’s my scientific vision to find treatment options for diseases that have none. Primarily any disease that results in either a physical or mental disability.

What do you study?
Primity Bio uses flow cytometry to help our clients gain insight into drug activity through analysis of intracellular and surface readouts. Most of my projects involve measuring drug activity directly in whole blood samples from clinical or preclinical studies. I also work on our SurfaceProfiling platform, which allows the analysis of ~400 proteins on the surface of cell types of interest.
What’s your favorite thing about Cytobank?
I love the various ways that Cytobank allows you to present your data. It provides the end user the ability to showcase their data the best possible way or in multiple ways that encompass every angle of their findings. I see it also as a great way to explore your data, and it gives you an opportunity to stumble upon intriguing results. Lastly, I find Cytobank to be very intuitive/user friendly. That’s extremely important, especially with all the options that are at your disposal.
What feature in the 4.2 release did you enjoy the most? How will you use this to improve your analysis moving forward in your research?
With the latest release, I found the dot plot (color by overlaid figure dimension) to be an amazing addition to Cytobank. It’s a feature that’s extremely useful in our line of work. Before, multiple plots needed to be rendered in order to obtain all the visual data we needed to present to clients. With this new feature, we can combine the proper conditions within a single plot to be directly compared amongst one another. This reduces the number of plots that we need to show, and it also allows us to present our findings in a simple yet effective manner.

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