Detailed information and a FAQ on Berkeley Lab’s response to COVID-19 can be found here: covid.lbl.gov.
Please go to status.lbl.gov for up-to-date information on the status of Berkeley Lab. See also the updates from our Strategic Communications team.
A summary of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 research at Berkeley Lab, including at the Molecular Foundry, can be found here.
To Foundry Users:
The Molecular Foundry is standing down research and operations at the Berkeley Lab site in accordance with shelter-in-place orders, effective March 17. The major consequence is that you will not be permitted to come onsite to do work.
We regret the disruption this presents to user research activities and will work with approved users to make accommodations. In addition, be aware that most Molecular Foundry staff will continue to be available remotely during normal business hours. We encourage you to work with them and make use of alternative ways to communicate and collaborate on user research while we adapt to this crisis.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time and stay tuned for further guidance.
David Prendergast, Interim Division Director
5/28/2020: Berkeley Lab will begin Restart Pilot One on June 1, during which time the number of people working onsite will roughly double. A limited number of Foundry personnel will be able to return, as well as certain high-priority, trained users for whom LBL is their home institution. More information is forthcoming. Please see covid.lbl.gov for training and safety requirements during Pilot One.
4/27/2020: The Bay Area will extend its shelter-in-place orders through the end of May. The Foundry will continue working remotely, with only critical operations and COVID-19 related research on-site.
4/14/2020: Active Foundry user proposals have been further extended. Please check the proposal portal for updated timelines.
3/30/2020: The Bay Area is extending its shelter-in-place orders until at least May 3rd. The Foundry staff continue to work remotely, and on-site work exempted from the order related to COVID-19 is ongoing in the Biological Nanostructures facility.
3/19/2020: The state of California is under shelter-in-place orders until further notice. For more information, see covid19.ca.gov. The Foundry continues to operate remotely, with reduced onsite staffing levels in accordance with local and statewide directives.
3/17/2020: The Molecular Foundry’s Spring Proposal Call deadline has been extended by three weeks to April 23. Accordingly, the review decisions will be communicated to users by June 5. All currently active proposals will be extended by one month. If the shutdown extends longer than currently planned, additional extensions will be granted.
3/16/2020: The Molecular Foundry is prepared for a “warm and safe” stand down of lab operations, effective March 17 and lasting until at least April 7. The lab site will remain powered and staffed by essential personnel.
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