(Or Thoughts While Running the Flow Cytometer**)

At the FACS machine

I left my water bottle

Forty more samples


Running more samples

I wish I had some music

Thirty-nine tubes left


Flow cytometry

Should have brought my phone with me

Thirty-eight more tubes


Something is not right

Where are my controls (?), blast it!

This is very bad


At the FACS machine

Day two: second round of flow

I forgot water…


*You probably remember the haiku from English class. Quick refresher: a haiku is an unrhymed poem. The form was developed in Japan (5 syllables first line, 7 second line, 5 third line). For some beautiful haiku poetry, check out the work of haiku master Takahama Kyoshi (1874-1959). 

**Flow cytometry is actually an amazing tool. FACS or Fluorescence-activated cell sorting is a specialized type of flow cytometry. See “Micro-Defined: A hopefully useful, but definitely not über technical, microbial-related set of definitions.”


The Great Wave off Kanazawa Katsushika Hokusai









By KCBauer

Hello! My name is KCBauer and I am a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. I am a researcher, writer, musician, and explorer. Originally from Washington DC, I graduated with a BA in Music and BS in Biology in 2014. This blog focuses on the gut microbiota, the trillions of microorganisms that reside along the digestive tract. My grad research at UBC examines the role of the gut microbiota on human health, brain development, and anthropology. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy ambling through Vancity, listening to music, reading science journals, and hiking. If you have questions, ideas for blog topics, suggestions for place to visit in BC, or corrections send me an email at

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