Vanta completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in 2000, and worked briefly as a research assistant at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre prior to commencing her PhD studies at the Peter Mac (Uni Melb) in 2002. Her PhD (completed in 2006) in adult haemopoietic stem cell biology, first exposed her to the power of flow cytometry, as both an analytical and cell recovery tool. Her studies involved the characterisation of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) expression through-out human haemopoietic ontogeny and the function of ACE and the rennin-angiotensin system in the murine haemopoietic system. These studies involved extensive multi-colour flow cytometric analysis and sorting. Vanta then briefly joined the Australian Stem Cell Centre where she was interested in murine embryonic stem cell (ESC) differentiation toward various mesenchymal fates before moving to the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL) to commence a Post-doc in 2007. Her studies at MISCL again involved almost daily multi-colour flow cytometric analysis and sorting of human ESC-derived blood progenitor cells.
Vanta has over 12 years of lab and flow cytometry experience. She can help you with cell isolation, preparation, staining, and running a variety of cells from primary tissue and cell lines, advising on fluorochromes for multi-colour staining and optimisation of experiments.