Flow Cytometry Core
Rachael Sheridan, Ph.D., SCYM(ASCP)
Core Manager

Rachael Sheridan earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a professional cytometry certification (SCYM(ASCP)CM). She has extensive experience with experimental design, panel design and optimization, high-speed cell sorting, and training of researchers. She is active in the flow cytometry community contributing to both regional and global cytometry initiatives. Prior to joining Van Andel Institute in October 2016, she was an instrumentation specialist in the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Laboratory.

Madison Nichols, B.S, MLS(ASCP)CM
Flow Cytometry Specialist I

Madison Nichols earned her B.S. in medical laboratory science from Grand Valley State University and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification as a medical laboratory scientist. She has experience with clinical laboratory science in the areas of chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, blood banking, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics. She actively serves on the ASCLS-MI board as the diversity advocacy council chair. Prior to joining the flow core, she worked as a medical laboratory scientist in a generalist role at Holland Hospital. Maddie joined Van Andel Institute in May 2020.

Josh Schipper, Ph.D.
Flow Cytometry Specialist I

Josh Schipper received his Ph.D. in molecular and structural biochemistry from North Carolina State University, where he studied apoptosis and drug development. He then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Science and Policy building computer models to better understand and predict transcription factor binding. He started working at the Van Andel Institute in 2015, and has been a member of the Flow Cytomerty Core since 2018. Josh enjoys photography and flying small planes, and his favorite thing about flow cytometry is, of course, all the lasers.