Director, Flow Cytometry Facility
Assistant Professor/Research, Department of Molecular Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
Dr. Ben Daniel is the Director of the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource at UT Health San Antonio. He has a research focus on the dysfunction of the immune system in aging. He is active in the international and local flow cytometry community and serves on organization committees for international and local cytometry meetings.
At UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Daniel oversees the operation of the facility, which includes maintaining budgets, compliance with safety standards, advancing technology and applications. More importantly, he works with local scientists to facilitate the incorporation of this technology into their research to enhance their science.
Before taking over the leadership of the flow cytometry facility in 2010, Dr. Daniel worked as a postdoctoral fellow and junior faculty in an immunological lab studying anti-cancer immune responses. Prior to this, his graduate work entailed studying immunological responses to the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii.
The vast majority of his research utilized flow cytometry analysis and flow cytometry sorting. During his graduate and post-graduate training, Dr. Daniel belonged to laboratories that had their own flow cytometry analyzers and flow cytometry sorters. He became an expert in instrument operations, data analysis, and experimental design. This led to a natural progression to his current job as director of the facility.