NanoString Technologies Day at the University of Pittsburgh

In-Person Seminar
University of Pittsburgh, Room Assembly 2001, 5051 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213Link

Hosted by the Hillman Cytometry Facility at the University of Pittsburgh

Join us for an exclusive event featuring NanoString Technologies’ nCounter® Analysis System, GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP), and CosMx™ Spatial Molecular Imager (SMI) platforms. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the cutting-edge techniques and tools that can elevate your research to new heights.

Our distinguished speakers will share their expertise and real-world examples of how these innovative technologies have propelled scientific breakthroughs. Benefit from their practical tips for experimental design, optimizing research workflows, and data analysis.

Three Platforms. Unlimited Potential.

Whether you’re characterizing with standard gene expression or exploring with novel spatial biology approaches, NanoString’s platforms and integrated analytics provide robust and reproducible technologies to bring progress to your work.

nCounter Pro Analysis System

nCounter Pro®
Analysis System

GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler

Digital Spatial Profiler

CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager

Spatial Molecular Imager


  • 11:00 a.m. — Welcome and nCounter Analysis System technical introduction by Matt Kane, MA; NanoString Technologies
  • 11:15 a.m. — nCounter Analysis System research project presentation

12:00 p.m. — Lunch and meet your NanoString Technologies and Hillman Cytometry Core teams

  • 12:30 p.m.Application of the GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler on Human Samples to Analyze Lymphoid Structures and Stroma Within and Across Ovarian Cancer Patients by Ian MacFawn, PhD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • 1:15 p.m. — Hillman Cytometry Core lab operations and logistics by E. Michael Meyer; Cytometry Facility at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • 1:45 p.m. — CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager technical overview by Amy Johnson, PhD; NanoString Technologies


Ian MacFawn, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ian MacFawn, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Ian earned his PhD in cancer cell biology from West Virginia University. As a cancer cell biologist working with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Immunology at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, he analyzes cancer at the cellular and genetic level to gain insights that eventually result in new treatments. Ian's research utilizes the Nanostring GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler and CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager platforms to understand the interplay between stromal cells and tertiary lymphoid structures in high-grade serous ovarian cancer.

E. Michael Meyer

Research Scientist and Manager, Cytometry Facility, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Over the past 30 years, Michael Meyer has been working with innovative biotechnology. A leader in the flow cytometry community, Michael helped design and implement high-speed analyzers and cell sorters. Over the past four years, Mike has been in the position to work on the cutting edge of spatial biology. Michael manages the Cytometry Facility at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The Cytometry Facility operates both the NanoString GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler and CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager platforms. In this capacity, he has coordinated over 100 spatial biology projects in collaboration with internal and external investigators studying a multitude of different tissue types and their properties.

Circular portrait of Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, PhD

District Sales Manager, NanoString Technologies

Amy Johnson is a District Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region at NanoString Technologies. Prior to her current role, Amy was a Technical Sales Specialist focused on NanoString Technologies’ GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler and CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager platforms. Amy earned her PhD in nutritional biochemistry and completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. From fetal brain development to immunometabolism in obesity, she has used in vitro and in vivo model systems as well as human study populations to research the interplay between genetic variation in metabolic pathway enzymes and individual health.

Matt Kane - NanoString Regional Account Manager headshot

Matt Kane, MA

Regional Account Manager, NanoString Technologies

Matt Kane joined NanoString Technologies in 2020 as a Regional Account Manager. After earning a Master's degree in biology from Villanova University, Matt went on to serve customers in life science research. Matt has almost ten years of experience with several life science research manufacturers. Matt resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his family.