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Core Facilities COVID-19 Updates

Many of our core facilities are working with reduced staff and hours at this time. Some have stopped operations. As each core has different challenges, you should reach out to each core’s technical director for direction on how to complete projects in progress and ramp down your research. If you have COVID-19-related projects for a core, please contact the Technical Director directly so that we may prioritize your work.

Below you will find Technical Director contact information for each core facility, along with a short description of each facility’s current status. We will keep the status information as up-to-date as possible, but communication directly with the core is the best strategy for your specific research needs. 

Invoice payments will still be processed by the finance team through DDs or Credit Card. Contact information can be found at the bottom of your invoice. If payment was mailed via check, processing will be delayed until the finance team returns to the office. For updates on BSD resources and communications related to COVID-19, please visit this web page.

Next-Gen and Micro-Array Sequencing 

The core is currently working with reduced staffing. Users should contact Pieter Faber at pfaber@bsd.uchicago.edu and genomics@bsd.uchicago.edu for specific questions. 

DNA Sequencing and Genotyping 

The core is currently closed except for COVID-19 work. Please contact DNACore@DNAServer.uchicago.edu for more information and assistance.

Biophysics 

The core is closed until the end of March. If you have any questions or concerns, or need the core for COVID-19 work, please contact Elena Solomaha at efilippo@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Biostatistics 

Cellular Screening Center 

The core is currently working with reduced staffing. Users should contact Siquan Chen at schen1@bsd.uchicago.edu for project specific questions. 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 

Open for trained users with key card access only and only multi-day experiments will be scheduled 

All trainings cancelled until further notice. 

For questions, please contact Joe Sachleben at jsachleben@uchicago.edu 

CRI Bioinformatics Core 

Human Tissue Resource Center (HTRC) 

HTRC is now closed until further notice.  We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone but ask for your patience as we keep our staff and patients safe.  For specific questions, or to process COVID-19 samples, please reach out to Dr. Lingen by email at mark.lingen@uchospitals.edu.

Cellular and Tissue Based Processing cGMP Facility 

Please contact Diane Ostrega at dostrega@bsd.uchicago.edu for specific questions.  

Human Immunological Monitoring (HIM) 

Core is open until further notice. 

For questions, please contact Yuanyuan Zha at yzha1@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Human Imaging Research Office (HIRO) 

As much work as possible is being done remotely and one staff member will be on-campus to handle any work that needs to be done in-person. Discussions and consultations with research teams can be conducted via Zoom teleconference as needed, but the initiation of new research projects is discouraged (with some exceptions). 

For questions, please contact Nick Gruszauskas at ngruszauskas@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Pharmacology - Analytical and Biofluids 

Biofluids is closed until further notice.

Analytical Unit is closed until further notice.

Contact Jackie Ramirez at jramirez@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu for specific questions.

UChicago Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)

Advanced Electron Microscopy: Cryopreservation and Tomography 

The core is currently closed. It is still available for COVID-19 projects. Please contact Joe Austin at joe.austin.em@gmail.com for more information.

Cytometry and Antibody Technology 

Please find current updates from the Technical Director here:https://voices.uchicago.edu/ucflow/message-from-the-technical-director/ 

Send email requests and inquiries to: CATHelp@bsd.uchicago.edu

Integrated Light Microscopy 

The core is open for experienced users as long as permitted. Adherence to the core’s disinfecting policies is required. 

For questions, please contact Vytas Bindokas at vbindoka@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Integrated Small Animal Imaging Research Resource 

On-site equipment training of personnel has been suspended since access to the facility requires ARC training which they have suspended at this time. 

New imaging sessions, not including optical imaging, will not be scheduled until further notice but requests can be submitted via the scheduler. 

For questions, please reach out to Brian Roman at broman@uchicago.edu 

MRI Research Center .

Cyclotron Facility 

PaleoCT

XROMM 

Animal Resources Center 

Please see ARC COVID-19 updates here: https://voices.uchicago.edu/animalresources/basic-page/contingency/

Fly Kitchen 

We are planning to continue to produce food each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as long as we can and will be providing as much stock as possible.  We would ask that you only take as much food as you need at this time to avoid any shortages.   

If you have a specific amount you will need other than what was taken, please e-mail Derrick Summerville at dsummer@bsd.uchicago.edu 

Transgenic/ES Cell Technology 

All projects scheduled to start this week will be started. 

Starting Friday, March 20, all new projects will be postponed until further notice. Those in progress will be maintained, tails samples, weanings and separations will be done as needed. 

Molecular  and ES Cell targeting projects will be halted at the current state until further notice 

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Degenstein at ldeg@uchicago.edu

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Office of Shared Research Facilities

The Office of Shared Research Facilities (OSRF) manages BSD Core Facilities by providing financial, administrative, IT, and communication support. OSRF works closely with The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Research Resources Oversight Committee.

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George Langan, DVM, DACLAM

Associate Dean for Research Resources

Research Resources Oversight Committee

The Research Resources Oversight Committee (RROC) of the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) serves as an advisory body, which in partnership with the Office of Shared Research Facilities (OSRF) establishes a policy framework for the operation of core facilities, reviews and prioritizes acquisition of major scientific equipment for the division, and provides scientific expertise and strategic planning for institutional research resources.

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