MicroPath Laboratories is proud to welcome its new flow technologist, Ibrahim Yacoub. He is licensed by the State of Florida in microbiology, serology, molecular pathology, hematology, immunohematology, and clinical chemistry. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology from the University of South Florida in Tampa and has nearly a decade of experience within his field.
Mr. Yacoub will be responsible for the supervision and operation of MicroPath Laboratories’ flow cytometry lab, one of only two in all of Polk County. His daily tasks will include: maintaining protocols, developing and validating new procedures and immediately identifying life-threatening results.
About Flow Cytometry
Flow cytometry is a technology that is used to analyze the physical and chemical characteristics of particles in a fluid as it passes through at least one laser. Cell components are fluorescently labeled and then excited by the laser to emit light at varying wavelengths.
The fluorescence can then be measured to determine the amount and type of cells present in a sample. Up to thousands of particles per second can be analyzed as they pass through the liquid stream.
Flow cytometry has numerous applications in science, including those relevant to healthcare. The technology has been widely used in the diagnosis of health conditions, particularly diseases of the blood such as leukemia, although it is also commonly used in the various different fields of clinical practice as well as in basic research and clinical trials.