Last update: March 24, 9:30 AM

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

The ALS building is closed to the public, but the CGRB core lab is currently open with reduced staffing. Researchers will NOT be allowed to enter the core lab – if you have samples to drop off, you must make an appointment to hand them to a lab technician at the door. 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, please practice social distancing and disease prevention measures as recommended by the CDC. We encourage you to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before visiting the lab. We are only an email or phone call (541-737-3413) away if you have questions that do not need to be answered in person.

The Zeiss LSM 780 Confocal microscope is not fully operational and cannot be fixed for the moment, because of restrictions on travel by repair technicians. As a result use is the confocal room is limited to one user per day.  Contact Anne-Marie to arrange a session.

The Bio-Rad Droplet Digital PCR is not operational and awaits a service call.

The multi-user room is available for use for those who have access to the ALS; we will not be providing access to ALS. Please limit the room occupancy to one at a time. Please wipe down keyboards and equipment after each use using the squirt bottle of ethanol and wipes provided in the room. Please practice disease prevention measures before and after using this shared space.

We are currently accepting and processing samples for PacBio library preparation, but we are not able to send libraries to the University of Oregon for sequencing.

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.