J. Spencer Schwarz, MS

Product manager for ChipCytometry instrumentation and
software, Canopy Biosciences

BIO: J Spencer Schwarz benefits from over 16 years of industry experience. Currently the product manager for ChipCytometry instrumentation and
software, he has also served Canopy as a field application scientist, and as a project scientist. He assists in developing ChipCytometry instrumentation and applications. He relies heavily on his time at Nikon Instruments supporting imaging from widefield fluorescence to confocal, multi-photon, and super resolution microscopy. His interest in method development and microscopy stems from experience as a microbiologist and formulation chemist at STERIS corporation. Spencer has a MS from Saint Louis University, St. Louis.

Abstract: Spatial biology has gained popularity among instrument and method developers and the research community: high parameter immuno-staining of intact specimens, non-destructive transcriptomic methods, and non-destructive genomic methods. Developers strive to enable researchers to collect high parameter datasets. Researchers wish to employ these methods to further understand disease. There’s undoubtably high visibility among spatial biology methods that demonstrate extremes along particular dimensions, most commonly plex count. Less discussed are the real utility or even practicality of achieving these extremes, especially for researchers that are either new to spatial biology or are more inclined to include spatial biology as one piece of an integrated research program, not as a specialty. This seminar introduces the audience to Canopy’s ChipCytometry and CellScape instrumentation as a practical, approachable method for incorporating multiplexed spatial biology into an existing research program.

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