"I have not been involved with any organization where there is as much membership engagement and collegiality as ABRF."
ABRF Member in the Spotlight
Flow cytometry specialist Zach Niziolek is the up and coming next generation of core lab personnel. He began his core career as soon as he finished his undergraduate program, working at the University of Rochester Flow Core. In 2015 he moved to the Bauer Core on the Cambridge campus at Harvard. The multidisciplinary approach of the Bauer Core allows Zach to follow the progress of studies as the sorted cells are analyzed by other methods within the Core.
In 2016, Zach attended the Northeast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors (NERLSCD) meeting where he first heard of ABRF. At the 2017 national meeting in San Diego, he jumped in with both feet, meeting other flow core members and becoming a member of the Flow Cytometry Research Group. When asked about the most professionally useful aspect of ABRF, Zach responded:
"The major benefit of being an ABRF member is being able to ask questions to other people in the same field and situation as you. The goal of all cores is to help facilitate a better research environment for the faculty and students of the universities and hospitals. This puts the core scientists and administrators in a unique position where they need to be both a person with scientific rigor and a customer service representative."
Clearly, more of a morning person than many ABRFers, Zach’s favorite time at the annual meeting is the breakfast hour when people are greeting each other for the day and discussing which might be the most interesting sessions coming up. In a testament to the small ABRF world, when Zach was at the 2017 meeting, he noticed one of the presenters looked strangely familiar. In speaking to him later Zach realized they had attended the same college, with the speaker being a senior when Zach was a freshman.
Zach said he is looking forward to his tenure with FCRG and the opportunity to be involved with their projects. Be on the lookout for some first class flow studies!