46th Annual Course in Cytometry

San Diego, August 12-17, 2023


Labs and Lectures for the 46th Annual Course will be held on the Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) campus in Building 12 at 10905 Road to the Cure, San Diego, CA 92121.

SBP is located on the Torrey Pines Mesa surrounded by other world class research institutes, a major university, pharma giants, biotech, flow cytometry instrument and reagent vendors, a golf course that’s an annual stop on the PGA Tour, a state park with epic hikes, and miles of spectacular beaches all within a few miles.

Getting Here


The closest major airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN), 15 miles to the South near downtown San Diego. A free shuttle connects the airport to the San Diego Trolley system.

Ground Transportation

An Uber/Lyft from the Airport to the Torrey Pines Mesa will run around $50.

An Uber/Lyft from UCSD housing to the course location in Torrey Pines will run around $10.

UCSD and surroundings are served by the Blue Line trolley which stops on the UCSD campus, and also at the nearby UTC mall.

The course location at SBP is a 1-minute walk from the Torreyana Road and Science Park Road stop for the 985 and 978 buses and an 8-minute walk from the 101 bus stop at North Torrey Pines Road and Science Park Road. These buses connect SBP to the UCSD, the Blue Line Trolley, and the Sorrento Valley Coaster train station.

Things to Do

Watch the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park

Catch a Padres game at Petco Park, ranked the #1 best place to see a baseball game by USA Today. The Padres have evening home games at Petco every night from August 14th to August 19th, and a day game on Sunday the 20th.

Petco Park and the nearby Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego are served by the Trolley Blue Line stop at 12th and Imperial, or the Gaslamp Quarter stop for the Green Line.

Dinner and drinks in the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a hotspot for nightlife with tons of dining, bar and pub options. From UCSD, take the Blue Line trolley towards downtown, and transfer to the Green Line which has a Gaslamp Quarter stop.

Hit the Beach

San Diego is home to miles of beaches, each with their own character. Take a surf lesson at La Jolla Shores. Go for a hike on Torrey Pines State Beach. Take in the amazing views and watch hang gliders launch from the Torrey Pines Glider Port’s spectacular cliffs above Blacks Beach, famous for both it’s nude beach, and powerful winter waves that surfers love. Wait for low tide to scout for sea creatures at La Jolla’s Tide Pools. See seals up close at the Children’s Pool. Go for a swim in La Jolla Cove. Snorkel with Leopard Sharks at the Marine Room. Take a kayak tour of the La Jolla caves. Go sailing in Mission Bay. Walk along the 3-mile boardwalk from Pacific Beach to Mission Beach.

Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo or check out the many museums in nearby Balboa Park

The expansive San Diego Zoo is world famous for it’s amazing collection of animals, beautiful landscaping, and pioneering conservation efforts and breeding programs. The Zoo is big enough that it’s hard to see it all in a day on foot; consider the double-decker bus tours that operate around the clock.

The Zoo is in Balboa Park, home to many museums that can all be accessed with a single pass. There are a few restaurants in the park and many more dining options in nearby Hillcrest. Cap off the day with an indulgent stop at Extraordinary Desserts.

Head South of the Border

The San Diego-Tijuana border crossing is the busiest international border in the world. The Blue Line trolley stop in San Ysidro is about 1 block from the pedestrian border crossing into Mexico. From there it’s a 1-mile cab ride to downtown Tijuana. Bring your passport and an appetite for tacos.

Bet on the Horse Races at the Del Mar Track

Take a Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Craft Beers in North Park

There are excellent breweries all over San Diego, but no area matches North Park for it’s high concentration of craft breweries. Our favorite spot is Thorn Street Brewery, owned and operated by a recovering cytometrist!

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