Research Flow Cytometry Core Director


A photo of Sherry Thornton.Sherry Thornton, PhD
The Research Flow Cytometry Core is directed by Dr. Sherry Thornton. In 2002 Dr. Thornton became assistant flow core director for the Rheumatology Center Grant (NIHP30) and began serving as the core director in 2005. In 2008 she took on a larger role in flow cytometry at Cincinnati Children’s as director of the Research Flow Cytometry Core, which houses all flow cytometry instrumentation involved in basic research. Email Sherry.

Research Flow Cytometry Core Manager


Photo of Celine Silva Lages, PhD.Celine Silva Lages, PhD
Celine received her PhD in aging biology at the University of Paris 7 (France). She has extensive knowledge in immunology and hepatology, and worked on murine, human and non-human primate samples. Celine was trained in flow cytometry in 2000 and has expertise in flow cytometry panel design and analysis.  She joined the RFCC as manager in October 2018. Email Celine.

Research Flow Cytometry Core Staff


A photo of Sarah Croswell.

Sarah Croswell
Sarah has a BS from Miami University and began working with the core facility in 2007. Sarah provides hands-on training and troubleshooting for the analytical cytometers and ImageStreamX Mark II and one-on-one assistance with data analysis using flow cytometry analysis software on the workstations in our core. Email Sarah.


Abbey McKee.

Abbey McKee
Abbey received her BS in Biology from Heidelberg University and MS in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University. Her experience is in biomedical research on topics regarding non-viral gene therapies, fluorescence microscopy, and flow cytometry. She joined the RFCC in January 2021 where she operates the sorters and assist in training on the SONY sorters. Email Abbey.

Kenneth Quayle.

Kenneth Quayle
Ken received a BS in Chemistry from Western Washington University and a MS in Chemistry from University of Oregon. His experience is in immunology and high-parameter panel design for flow cytometry. He joined the RFCC in July 2020 where he operates the sorters and provides hands-on training and troubleshooting for the analytical cytometers. Email Ken.

A photo of Alyssa Sproles.

Alyssa Sproles
Alyssa performs Luminex and ELISA assays and provides expertise in the use of these technologies and the IsoLight instrument. She has extensive experience in immunological research and has performed assays measuring protein analytes from a variety of fluids and/or tissues. Email Alyssa.