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

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. Please do NOT enter the core lab unless you have an appointment. We are temporarily restricting access to most of the lab while this project is in progress. Some stocked supply center items and equipment in ALS 3012 will still be available with an appointment, additional training, and some restrictions. 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 or phone call (541-737-3413) away if you have questions that do not need to be answered in person. An appointment is best made by email (lab@cgrb.oregonstate.edu) so that we can anticipate your arrival and inform you of any processes.

The Zeiss LSM 780 Confocal microscope has been fixed and the stage should be working much better than it ever has been.  Sessions will be restricted to a morning session (9am-12pm) and afternoon/evening session (after 1pm) in order to clean the system between users. The calendar sign up has been changed so that all reservations need to be approved in order for the instrument to be ready for use.  You may also contact Anne-Marie to arrange a session or for building access.

The Bio-Rad Droplet Digital PCR has been fixed. Runs are primarily scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The multi-user room is available for use; Contact Felipe if you need 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. We are now 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.