College of Medicine Cell Analysis Facility (COM-CAF)

Mission Statement

The College of Medicine Cell analysis Facility (COM-CAF) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) provides cell analysis and cell sorting services for research in the TAMHSC and TAMU community and is managed by the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology. 

The Mission of the COM-CAF is:

  1. To promote research and training for cell based assays at the highest level of quality and rigor
  2. To bring new developements in flow cytometric instrumentation, technique and analysis for preclinical use in the TAMHSC and TAMU research community 
  3. To support the productivity and effectiveness of research by promoting high-content data acquisition, ensuring the highest data quality and consistency, carrying out efficient cell sorting, providing reliable data management, educating and training researchers and consulting in experiment design and evaluation

Overview of Services

Services include:

  • BDFACS Aria II Cell Sorter-up to 4-way sorting, analysis, 4 lasers, 13 fluorescent parameters
  • BD LSR Fortessa X-20 Cell Analyzer - 4 lasers and 16 fluorescent parameters
  • Agilent Seahorse XFe96 Analyzer - measures indicators of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis (OCR and ECAR) in a 96-well plate format
  • gentleMACS™ Octo Dissociator with heaters -benchtop instrument for the semi-automated dissociation of tissues into single-cell suspensions or thorough homogenates 

*For Non-TAMU individuals: Before you register, you must be assigned an External PO Number. Please see form to complete under the 'Links and Resources' header below.

**For TAMU individuals: First-time users should click "Register" in upper right.  Returning users will click "Sign In"


Dr. Robert Alaniz | Faculty Director

Robbie Moore | Manager

Location and hours of operation

Hours   Location

Staffed: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
After hours (24/7) access available to trained users


 8447 Riverside Parkway
 Medical Research and Education BLDG2, Room 3226
Bryan, Texas 77807

Links and Resources

  1. COM-CAF Website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Dr. Robert Alaniz
Faculty Director
MREB2 3224B
Robbie Moore
Staff Laboratory Coordinator