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COVID-19 and Core Facilities

Core Facilities will be returning to operations in a phased manner based of local government lifting of restrictions and the Northwestern Phased Return to Campus plan. All plans covered by this task force fall within Step 2: Research Ramp-Up of the Phased Return to Campus plan. Briefly Cores should ramp operations in three phases:

  1. Phase I: Return to work – begins 6/1, ends as late as 6/14. No new users or new samples accepted in the cores.
    1. Cores focus on preparing staff, instruments and services in new environment
    2. May involve rotating staff and services to ensure social distancing
    3. Cores move to Phase II as soon as they are ready
  2. Phase II: Limited access to cores – begins as soon as Phase I is completed
    1. Transition to providing limited services
    2. Occupancy limited, other core-specific restrictions as needed
    3. Train experienced users in the new environment
  3. Phase III: Expanded Operations – time frame for transition TBD and will be core dependent. Could be September
    1. Expanded services as feasible

Two documents to assist with developing operational plans to ramp operations. First, all staff must complete the “Pandemic Essentials: Research on Campus” course and the Pandemic Research Plan. Then, the Core Facilities Return to Work Checklist allows cores to validate core specific actions have been completed and update NU Leadership of progress. The Advice for Core Facilities Returning to Work document provides clarification of checklist items and a centralized access point to information we felt would assist you in forming plans. In addition, the Office for Research has developed signage for use across campus that can be found at https://www.research.northwestern.edu/posters/ .

At any time, Core Directors may update the status of their core by completing the survey at: https://tinyurl.com/NUCoresReturntoWork.

CoreStatus Notes
Analytical bioNanoTechnology Equipment Core (ANTEC)

Status As Of: 9/17/2020
Contact: a-kolot@northwestern.edu
Updates: https://sqi.northwestern.edu/core-facilities/antec/
Phase: 3
  • Expanded Operations
  • Core is open for equipment usage and walk-ins.
    Some equipment training is available.
    Behavioral Phenotyping Core

    Status As Of: 6/02/2020
    Contact: cweiss@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/bpc
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services Only
  • Trained users may continue with projects that were in progress prior to the pandemic.
    BioCryo (Biological and Cryogenic Electron Microscopy) Facility

    Status As Of: 6/03/2020
    Contact: r-bleher@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://www.nuance.northwestern.edu/covid19.html
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Instrument and lab access is limited.
    Users need to contact staff for instrument reservations.
    Biological Imaging Facility

    Status As Of: 9/16/2020
    Contact: bif@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/bif
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • BIF is open for all services.
    In person or remote training is available.
    Biostatistics Collaboration Center

    Status As Of: 3/19/2020
    Contact: ashley.knudson@northwestern.edu
    Updates: www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/bcc/
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • Responsiveness is only minimally impacted by working remotely.
    Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center

    Status As Of: 6/12/2020
    Contact: c-arvanitis@northwestern.edu
    Updates: cam.facilities.northwestern.edu
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Access to instruments for trained users.
    Remote support available.
    Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging

    Status As Of: 6/02/2020
    Contact: cami@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/cami
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only
  • Contact Managing Director.
    Center for Aids Research (CFAR)

    Status As Of: 4/30/2020
    Contact: justin.schmandt@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/CFAR
    Phase:
  • Limited/Remote Staff Available
  • Limited capacity for new users - HIV biostatistics and data analysis services.
    Center for Translational Imaging

    Status As Of: 3/19/2020
    Contact: daniel.kim3@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/cti_cardio
    Phase:
  • Up for Essential Services
  • Contact Director for essential projects.
    Central Laboratory for Materials Mechanical Processing (CLaMMP)

    Status As Of: 6/09/2020
    Contact: m-seniw@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/clammp
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • All 11 CLaMMP machines available.
    Occupancy limited to 4 persons + manager.
    ChemCore: Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core

    Status As Of: 10/02/2020
    Contact: gary-schiltz@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/chemcore
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • All services are available.
    ChiMad Metals Processing Facility (CMPF)

    Status As Of: 3/20/2020
    Contact: paul.adler@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/cmpf
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Contact Paul with approved projects.
    Clinical Trials Office - RHLCCC

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Comprehensive Metabolic Core

    Status As Of: 9/21/2020
    Contact: basslab@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://hormone.facilities.northwestern.edu/
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • Currently, there is a long line for assays because of the pandemic.
    Try to do them asap.
    Cyrogenics

    Status As Of: 3/20/2020
    Contact: stephen.jacobson@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Approve essential personnel only.
    Developmental Therapeutics Core

    Status As Of: 6/05/2020
    Contact: nayereh.g.haack@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • Contact director for emergency experiments.
    DevSci's Neurodevelopmental Resource Core (ND Core)

    Status As Of: 3/23/20
    Contact: michael.murias@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Limited/Remote Staff Support Available
  • Contact Core Manager for equipment requests.
    DuPont, Northwestern, Dow Collaborative Access Team

    Status As Of: 3/19/2020
    Contact: dtkeane@northwestern.edu
    Updates: htttp://www.aps.anl.gov
    Phase:
  • Limited/Remote Staff Support Available
  • COVID-19 research has priority. Only staff have access to facility. Mail-in sample only.
    EPIC (Electron Probe Instrumentation Center)

    Status As Of: 6/08/2020
    Contact: naima.hilli@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://www.nuance.northwestern.edu/covid19.html
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Instrument and lab access is limited.
    Users need to contact staff for instrument reservations.
    First-Daily Life CCCR

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Flow Cytometry Core Facility - Cancer Center

    Status As Of: 6/08/2020
    Contact: suchitra-swaminathan@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/flow
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services

  • Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • Self-service essential and COVID projects continue.
    Phased reopening for others to begin June 8.
    Glovebox Inert Atmosper (N2) Thin-Film Fabrication and Testing Core Facility (GIANTFab)

    Status As Of: 6/22/2020
    Contact: nlaporte@northwestern.edu
    Updates: giantfab.northwestern.edu
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Core is open to all trained users.
    High Throughput Analysis Laboratory

    Status As Of: 5/28/2020
    Contact: s-fernandez@northwestern.edu
    Updates: www.northwestern.edu/hta
    Phase:
  • All Services Available

  • Only Limited/Remote Staff Support Available

  • Up for All Essential Services
  • Core to reopen to all research first week of June for full service and self service experiments.
    Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSRC)

    Status As Of: 8/4/2020
    Contact: IMSERC-Director@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://imserc.northwestern.edu/covid.html
    Phase: 3
  • Expanded Operations
  • Nearly all services available, including new instrument training.
    Jerome B. Cohen X-Ray Diffraction Facility

    Status As Of: 6/01/2020
    Contact: j-carsello@northwestern.edu
    Updates: xray.facilities.northwestern.edu/
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • Consult website for COVID-19 mitigation.
    Keck Biophysics Facility

    Status As Of: 9/16/2020
    Contact: a-grigorescu@northwestern.edu
    Updates: keckbio.facilities.northwestern.edu/latest-news/
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • Open at 90% capacity.
    Training on most instruments available.
    Keck-II (Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science) Facility

    Status As Of: 6/12/2020
    Contact: xchen@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://www.nuance.northwestern.edu/covid19.html
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • This core is open for 24/7 users.
    Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Materials Characterization Imaging Facility

    Status As Of: 7/15/2020
    Contact: c-shute@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/matci

    Phase: 3
  • Expanded Operations
  • All services are available for Northwestern researchers.
    Materials Processing and Microfabrication Facility (MPMF)

    Status As Of: 6/04/2020
    Contact: a-dhote@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/mpmf
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Facility will be open to trained users only on June 11.
    Matthews Center for Cellular Therapy

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Metabolomics Core Facility

    Status As Of: 6/01/2020
    Contact: metabo@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/Metabo/
    Phase: 3
  • Expanded Operations
  • Contact core for more information.
    MIcrosurgery Core

    Status As Of: 3/20/2020
    Contact: zjzhang@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Completing Existing Projects
  • No new submissions.
    Mouse Histology and Phenotyping Laboratory

    Status As Of: 5/06/2020
    Contact: k-gruner@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Up For All Essential Services
  • Email mhpl@northwestern.edu to submit for “essential research” approval.
    Nanocytology Core

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates: www.nucats.northwestern.edu
    Phase:
    Northwestern University Laser and Electronics Design Core Facility (NU-LED)

    Status As Of: 5/27/2020
    Contact: stephen.miller@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://imserc.northwestern.edu/nuled/index.html
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Service
  • Service by appointment only. Please reach out for access. 24 hour response expected.
    NU Center for Atom Probe Tomography

    Status As Of: 8/25/2020
    Contact: isheim@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://arc.nucapt.northwestern.edu/NUCAPT
    Phase: 3
  • Expanded Operations
  • All services are available for Northwestern researchers.
    NUCATS - Center for Clinical Research

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates: www.nucats.northwestern.edu
    Phase:
    NUCATS - Clinical Research Unit (Lurie Children's Hospital)

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates: www.nucats.northwestern.edu/resources/clinical-research-support/index.html
    Phase:
    NUFAB Cleanroom

    Status As Of: 6/11/2020
    Contact: nufab@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nufab.northwestern.edu
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Occupancy limits enforced.
    No new users onboarding.
    No new training for existing users.
    NUSeq Core Facility

    Status As Of: 9/16/2020
    Contact: xinkun.wang@northwestern.edu
    Updates: cgm.northwestern.edu/cores/nuseq/index.html
    Phase: 3
  • All Services Available
  • No limitations on submissions.
    Outcomes Measurement and Survey Core

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Pathology Core Facility

    Status As Of: 3/20/2020
    Contact: PCF-CTU@northwestern.edu; PCFBiorepository@northwestern.edu; pathcore@northwestern.edu
    Updates: sites.cancer.northwestern.edu/pathcore/
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Clinical samples only. PCF staff working remotely.
    Peptide Synthesis Core

    Status As Of: 6/02/2020
    Contact: mark.karver@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://sqi.northwestern.edu/core-facilities/peptide-synthesis-core/
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Facility will open on June 8.
    Open for all staff-service projects.
    Self-service not available until further notice
    Proteomics Center of Excellence and Core Facility

    Status As Of: 5/26/2020
    Contact: young.goo@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • All Services Available
  • Planned open on 06/01/20.
    Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) Core Facility

    Status As Of: 6/08/2020
    Contact: d-buchholz@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://sites.northwestern.edu/pldcore/
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Open to experienced users; staff will deposit films for new and inexperienced users.
    Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center

    Status As Of: 6/02/2020
    Contact: qbic@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/qbic
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • Contact qbic@northwestern.edu to have samples added to the queue.
    Reactor Engineering and Catalyst Testing Core (REACT)

    Status As Of: 6/03/2020
    Contact: neil.schweitzer@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/react
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • Check out our new sample analysis request form on NUCore!
    Recombitant Protein Production Core

    Status As Of: 6/01/2020
    Contact: sergii.pshenychnyi@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Contact Sergii Pshenychnyi.
    Research Shop - Instrumentation Design, Engineering and Production

    Status As Of: 6/18/2020
    Contact: john.bussan@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://researchshop.facilities.northwestern.edu/
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Limited operation in all areas: Design & Engineering Shop, Student Shop, and Professional Shop.
    Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center GET iN Core

    Status As Of: 3/22/2020
    Contact: skin-center@northwestern.edu
    Updates: skinresearch.northwestern.edu/cores/get-in-core.html
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Contact center if services are needed for an approved essential project.
    Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center STEM Core

    Status As Of: 5/30/2020
    Contact: bethany.perez@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/sbdrc_stem
    Phase: 1
  • Approved Projects Only
  • Contact Bethany Perez for any questions or specific needs.
    Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center TEST IT Core

    Status As Of: 3/22/2020
    Contact: skin-center@northwestern.edu
    Updates: nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/sbdrc_testit
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Contact center if services are needed for an approved essential project.
    SPID (Scanned Probe Imaging and Development Facility)

    Status As Of: 6/15/2020
    Contact: g-shekhawat@northwestern.edu
    Updates: http://www.nuance.northwestern.edu/covid19.html
    Phase: 2
  • Limited Services
  • Instrument and lab access is limited.
    Users need to contact staff for instrument reservations.
    Stem Cell Core Facility

    Status As Of: 3/19/2020
    Contact: angel.alvarez@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Contact Director for essential services.
    Structural Biology Facility

    Status As Of: 6/04/2020
    Contact: v-tokars@northwestern.edu
    Updates: https://nucore.northwestern.edu/facilities/sbf/
    Phase: 1
  • Recovery (Approved Projects Only)
  • Limited number of people.
    Restrictions on access.
    No new training until further notice.
    Surface Science Facility

    Status As Of:
    Contact:
    Updates:
    Phase:
    Transgenic and Targeted Mutagenesis Laboratory

    Status As Of: 3/20/2020
    Contact: l-doglio@northwestern.edu
    Updates: none
    Phase:
  • Essential Services
  • Contact Lynn Doglio for emergency exp.