The BB tissue culture facility will be open on an online reservation only basis, in order to observe social distancing, with only one person allowed per room. Users need to register with the facility manager before scheduling their time.


Scheduling will be available online through a link on the Tissue Culture Rooms part of the web site or through Outlook. There is one calendar for each room. A is the room directly across from the autoclave with the Seahorse, B is the room to the right of the safety shower with the Axio cell photography system, C is the room to the left of the safety shower with the xCELLigence system, and D is the room to the left of the CO2 cylinder storage area with the Zebrafish space and High Content. Scheduling is on a first-come first-served basis. That said, please plan ahead.  The facility manager will be taking advantage of unscheduled times to perform maintenance in the rooms, so please schedule no later than the night before. Please also observe your scheduled times. If you aren't scheduled, you shouldn't be there. 

Space entry:

Entry and exit will be through the access door in the hallway, room 2111. The general lab keys open this door. Entry will not be available through the adjoining lab spaces. Hand Sanitizer will be supplied at the doors, but individuals will be expected to wear their own mask and gloves when they enter the space. Each individual room will be independent of the other rooms, with no movement allowed between rooms. All supplies will be contained in each room, with facility restocking as needed during unscheduled use times. Individuals will be expected to observe a "wait-until-clear" policy to pass into and out of the space, which means stop, look, and listen before moving. There are two pinch points in the space; one at the entry/exit by the autoclave and one at the doorway between 2111B and 2111C. Wherever there are windows, please pause and check that there is no oncoming traffic before proceeding. If there are no windows, knock loudly on the door and wait 5 seconds for a response. If there is no response, then enter the room. Eye contact and communication are essential, as are common courtesy. Please also try to minimize repeated trips between your home lab space and the rooms.

To help everyone get their work done in this difficult time, please plan your work and be as efficient as possible while in the rooms. If you can do a task at home or not in the rooms, please do so. This means that experiments should be planned in advance and ready to be executed once the scheduled room is available. In addition please follow these guidelines:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet)
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces


Strict observations of these procedures will allow us to safely get back to work and make progress towards research goals, sponsor milestones, and advanced degrees.

Remember, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider. For more information about the university’s COVID-19 response and services, please visit this website: .