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Prof. J. Paul Robinson

Affiliation : The SVM Professor of Cytomics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, USA

Title of the Talk/Lab :Flow Cytometry: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Robinson received his early education at the University of NSW, Sydney Australia where he received a B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. He spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the medical school at the University of Michigan and became then a junior faculty in the School of Pathology for 2 years prior to moving to Purdue University where he was promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor in 1993.

Dr. Robinson currently holds appointments at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, School of Computer and Information Technology and IU School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Robinson is a past president of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

Dr. Robinson is a highly accomplished researcher with over 190 peer-reviewed papers, over 400 conference presentations, 10 books published,15 CDs or DVDs and over 160 invited international keynote addresses. He formed the Purdue Cytometry Discussion list in 1989 ( and it continues today with 4500 participants. In 1994 he established the first cytometry website

Dr. Robinson is the inventor of the key patent on spectral flow cytometry that has been commercialized and this technology has become one of the most significant technologies in the field of single cell biological detection using fluorescence. In this regard, together with his colleague Masanobu Yamamoto, they recently produced the most sensitive, highest speed single photon detector currently available. In addition, his team has been developing multiparameter electronics to allow simultaneous detection of up to 42 wavelengths in single photon mode. This technology has been initially focused on biological detection but has applications in the biodefense arena. He has also worked for some years on detection technologies in the area of food borne pathogens with over 30 peer reviewed publication in this area. More recently his group has been focused on developing new approaches to toxin and pathogen detection using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). By combining lanthanide conjugated antibodies as target molecules for toxins, it is possible to create a rapid detection assay that can be highly multiplexed.

Dr. Robinson is an accomplished mountaineer having summited several of the worlds most difficult mountains including Everest, (May 23, 2009) Manaslu(Oct 3, 2008) and McKinley (Jul 1, 2008). In 2006 he formed the not-for-profit foundation “Cytometry for Life” ( as a mechanism to promote low-cost diagnostics around the world and this organization continues working today to expand education and training in Africa.

Lecture: Flow Cytometry: Past, Present and Future


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