UNC-Asheville was awarded a $76,527 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the purchase of a laser-based CytoFLEX flow cytometer. The machine is capable of capturing multiple data points for each of thousands of human cells per second. Principal uses of flow cytometers include counting, detection, and sorting. Ted Meigs, UNC-A’s GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Molecular and Chemical Biology, was listed as the principal investigator in the grant application. He said he intends to use the cytometer to, among other things, gauge the amount of DNA in cells and observe interactions of proteins tagged with fluorescent markers. Meigs’ co-investigators were Kinta Serve, who teaches biology at Mars Hill University, and Joseph Martinez, cofounder of f(x) Immune Diagnostics, an Atlanta firm recruited to Asheville in 2014 by the Biotechnology Center. Meigs said the cytometer will allow colleges and businesses in Western North Carolina to get involved in a wider range of projects. The CytoFLEX flow cytometer typically costs over $100,000, but manufacturer Beckman Coulter offered the machine to UNC Asheville with an educational discount, and the school provided the grant match.