Last update: May 7, 6:10 PM 

Our goal is to ensure that our staff, and the researchers who interact with us, remain as safe possible, while at the same time doing our best to continue to serve those of you who rely on our services to push forward your research programs.

In response to the governor's executive order, all of our staff will be working from home where possible, but the core lab will be staffed during regular hours. When visiting with them please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after. We will also be practicing CDC guidelines including frequent hand-washing and regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Here are some more specific updates:

The main office is closed. Package delivery is currently being coordinated and more information will be coming. If you need office assistance, please contact:

Bo Price

Lynn Thompson

Approval now needed to use our facilities and shared instrumentation

With OSU’s new resumption of research policies, in order to access CGRB facilities and submissions for service, your projects will need to have a new research resumption request submitted and approved by the CGRB director in addition to your unit/college. If you have essential ongoing research that is continuing, you will be able to continue accessing facilities and services, but we will now be verifying status of orders with a PI before work can proceed. A similar process will apply to renewing access to our multi-user equipment. We hope to make this process as painless as possible considering the extra steps involved.

To avoid confusion, we will accept only samples for processing that have research resumption approval from CGRB as well as from the relevant college or RO (in the case of Center and Institute researchers) or are part of an ongoing essential project. Make an appointment for delivery, pick up, or access to shared instrumentation; this will require confirming approval status - initial samples submission or instrumentation use will need to be verified with PI and paperwork. This will be true for essential or newly approved research.

Entry to Building and Lab restricted. Appointment needed.

The ALS building is closed to the public, but the CGRB core lab is currently open to a limited degree to support critical research functions. Most services are currently available, but there may be delays in processing due to reduced staffing in the core lab.

We have converted our lab to Biosafety Level 2, BSL2, in anticipation of processing samples of SARS-CoV-2 RNA samples. We are temporarily restricting access to most of the lab while this project is in progress and while OSU has restricted research. Some stocked supply center items and shared equipment in ALS 3012 will still be available. The lab will generally be locked with access restricted to the first bay with an appointment, additional training, and some restrictions.

Please do NOT enter the core lab unless you have an appointment. Schedule a visit through this form.

If you do not have access to the ALS building (which will be locked) a technician will accept your samples at the ALS door. When you drop off samples or to speak with a staff member, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing, and follow disease prevention measures as recommended by the CDC. We request you to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before visiting the lab, and recommend you do so afterwards also. We are only an email (lab@cgrb.oregonstate.edu) or phone call (541-737-3413) away if you have questions that do not need to be answered in person.

Zeiss LSM 780 Confocal microscope and Axiovert 200M microscope:  Sessions are by appointment only for trained users conducting approved research.  Training is not possible at this time, but an assisted session for approved research may be scheduled with restrictions. Contact Anne-Marie to arrange a session or for building access.

Since lab access is restricted, Bio-Rad Droplet Digital PCR service is temporarily constrained to Core Runs and are primarily scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We are currently accepting and processing samples for PacBio library preparation. We are now able to send libraries to the University of Oregon for sequencing.

 

Multi-user room

The multi-user room is available for use for trained users of essential or approved resumed research.

  1. There will be only one person allowed into the Multiuser room, ALS 2156, at the time.
  2. If you have new projects, this will have to be approved (see below, this will be the write up that Brett will send us so I can include it here)
  3. There will be one overlay calendar for all the instruments in the Multiuser room. Note that this is for the instrument and not for the individual.
  4. There will be time limits of 30 minutes per person per entry.
  5. Door codes will expire on 6/22/2020. In order to get a new code you will have to be approved before we can give you a new code.
  6. Door Code request will have to be done on line only. Under no other circumstances Door Codes will be given if you show up to the CGRB lab/office.

All staff will be working from home. Where possible, please contact staff via email. If you do call, please leave a message with your name and phone number, as all staff have voicemail to email turned on, but may not have access to the phone. Face-to-face conversations will be via Zoom where possible.

Our goal is to keep all servers operational, but there may be delays in service, as staff will be partially working from home. Again, where possible, please contact staff via email. If you do call, please leave a message with your name and phone number, as all staff have voicemail to email turned on, but may not have access to the phone.

Beginning from our next seminar on April 1, and until further notice, CGRB seminars will be conducted via Zoom. Additional information will be provided closer to each seminar date. Note the seminars on April 1 and April 15 are confirmed, but the seminar on April 29 is canceled. For further updates see https://cgrb.oregonstate.edu/cgrb-seminar-series

Beginning from our next meeting, and until further notice, BUG meetings will be conducted via Zoom. Additional information will be provided closer to each date. For updates see https://cgrb.oregonstate.edu/training/bioinformatics-users-group-bug

Our three spring training workshops, Introduction to Unix/Linux and Command-Line Data Analysis, Genotyping By Sequencing, and Introduction to R and RStudio are still being offered and have moved to online instruction. For those of you at remote locations, this is a one time opportunity to join the first two workshops remotely (the third is always held on-line).

Introduction to Unix/Linux and Command-Line Data Analysis:

  • Live Zoom lectures (M/W 2:00-2:50pm) along with Canvas course materials

Genotyping By Sequencing

  • Recorded lectures and self-guided exercises will be published on Canvas every Tuesday / Thursday at 10am

Introduction to R and RStudio

  • As this course was designed to be online, there will be minimal disruption to instruction


Visit Our Training Workshop page for more details.

The CGRB spring Computational Biology conference on April 24 is cancelled. We will transfer some of the programming to the Fall conference on October 2, assuming that the conference proceeds as planned, and will re-invite the speakers to the Fall conference.