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Safety Protocols During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sample Submission

The Genomics Core is accepting samples for all projects, but because of restricted access to the Plant Biology Laboratories building, researchers who do not otherwise have access to the building must drop-off samples at the Genomics Core refrigerator at the loading dock of the Plant Biology Laboratories building. Researchers should send an email to to indicate that their samples have been deposited in the loading dock refrigerator. Researchers who otherwise have access to the Plant Biology Laboratories Building may continue to drop off samples in the hallway refrigerator outside of the Genomics Core (room S-18).

Off-campus researchers should be aware that “overnight deliveries” from both FedEx and UPS are often taking two days.  These overnight packages are being delayed in warehouses outside of Michigan.  Once packages arrive in East Lansing, they are being delivered correctly, and we are having no problems with packages that make it to our building.  Because of the probability of delay, samples should be sent with a gross excess of dry ice.  We recommend five pounds or more.  Additionally, plastic film seals for 96-well plates should be avoided as melted samples readily leak into adjacent wells.  To avoid leakage, we recommend an excess of dry ice and using strip caps that were designed for the 96-well plate or sealing foil.

The Genomics Core staff are available for consultation through email and scheduled phone or zoom calls. However, face-to-face meetings will not be possible at the current time. Write to with questions or to schedule a call.

Common Use Equipment

Access to our common use equipment room (Room S-10 Plant Biology Laboratories), which houses the Invitrogen Qubit, the Covaris M220 Sonicator and the FLUOstar Optima microplate reader, will be restricted.  The procedures for reserving and using the equipment are given on our Common Use Equipment Room page.

The Biomek 3000 liquid handler robot in Room S-18 Plant Biology is currently unavailable for use.


Plant Biology Building map showing loading dock and south entrance