BU Flow Cytometry Core Facility Team
Patrick Autissier Jennifer Snyder-Cappione Riley Pihl Anna Belkina Brian Tilton

Anna C. Belkina, M.D., Ph.D.

Anna C. Belkina, M.D., Ph.D.



Dr. Belkina received her M.D. from Russian State Medical University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from BU School of Medicine investigating the epigenetic regulation of inflammatory responses driven by bromodomain proteins. Her breadth of knowledge of flow cytometric applications includes the development of intra- and extra-cellular staining protocols and panels for use in a wide variety of applications, including immunophenotyping of mouse and human cells, apoptosis assays, cell cycle profiling and stem cell isolation. At the FCCF, Dr. Belkina assists our users with experimental design, panel development, data analysis and many other facets of flow cytometry, and is a fully proficient BD FACSARIA operator. She also trains new users and is responsible for instrument maintenance.
Anna’s research is focused on the intersection of immunology and computational biology, for her current research efforts include investigating the immune landscape of chronic inflammatory diseases and developing computational techniques to assess high-parameter single cell cytometry data. Anna is an active member of ISAC (International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry) and has been named 2015-2019 ISAC SRL Emerging Leader.

Brian R. Tilton

Brian R. Tilton

Director of Cell Sorting


Mr. Tilton has over 15 years of flow cytometry and cell sorting experience. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work experience includes both academia and industry. From 2001-2005, he was a field service engineer for Cytomation Inc. Before joining the FCCF at BU, he spent eight years as an Instrumentation Specialist at the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University.

Former FCCF team members

Jennifer E. Snyder-Cappione, PhD

Jennifer E. Snyder-Cappione, Ph.D.

Dr. Snyder-Cappione is an immunologist with over 16 years of flow cytometry experience. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she studied the regulation of effector functions of CD8+ T cells. During her post-doctoral work at UCSF, she investigated the role of iNKT cells in HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections as well as sarcoidosis. Her current research interests include determining the diagnostic and prognostic potential of ex vivo immune functional profiling in human inflammatory diseases. Dr. Snyder-Cappione was the director of the FCCF in 2012-2020; currently, she is a PI in the department of Microbiology at BUSM.

Riley M.F. Pihl

Riley M. F. Pihl, M.S.

Mr. Pihl has completed his M.S. thesis in Biomedical Research Technologies at the FCCF in 2017, and was working as a research technician and later as a research specialist at FCCF in September 2017-September 2020. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from BU. Currently he is a PhD student in BUSM PiBS program.

Patrick Autissier, Ph.D.

Patrick Autissier, Ph.D.

Dr. Autissier is a biologist with over 20 years of flow cytometry and cell sorting experience. He received his Ph.D. from the C.N.A.M. in Paris, France, where he developed 12-color flow cytometry panels to study immune cells in both humans and monkeys. He authored or co-authored 30 scientific articles. Since his move to the US in 2001, he was the Cell Sorting Facility Manager at the Division of Viral Pathogenesis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for 7 years, and is now the Flow Cytometry Facility Manager in the Biology Department at Boston College.

Locations and Contact Information

Main Office 650 Albany St., room 320 (617) 358-7732
Cell Sorting
Analysis instruments
Data analysis stations
650 Albany St., room 324 (617) 358-7729 or (617) 358-3548