BioMicroCenter:COVID

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Updated 10.20.20

Building Access:

Please note that access to building 68 is limited. To access the BioMicro Center, the following must be true:
1. You must be part of an MIT or affiliated lab. Non-MIT affiliates are not permitted to access the BioMicro Center at this time (see below for more details)
2. Your PI must have indicated you need to use the BioMicro Center on "Worksheet B". Your PI can update this worksheet multiple times during research ramp-up if needed.
3. Access to Building 68 requires the attestation to be completed 30 minutes before your arrival. There are currently four doors for entering: two on the Ames St side on the Riverside of 68 and two on the Hockfield Court side.

Sample Submission (internal):

  • To submit a sample, you will begin on iLabs as you typically do
  • Once you have submitted, BMC staff will reach out to schedule a zoom call to review your submission prior to sample drop off. If you do not hear from us within a few hours, please email biomicro@mit.edu to make sure we see the message.
  • After we have reviewed your project, you will be free to bring the samples to the Center. If it is after hours or no one is on site, there will be a sample drop off location immediately outside the BMC.
  • All services will be available, though some will be slightly delayed.
  • If you do not have access to 68, please call the facility when you are outside the building by the single access point (617.715.4533). A staff member will come downstairs to retrieve your sample. You will not be permitted to enter the building.
  • Sample submission is a slightly more lengthy process than prior to the pandemic. As such, we recommend you submit on ilabs well in advance, even before the samples are ready, if you will be time constrained on sample dropoff.
  • Submission forms now ask for availability for dropoff. Please list times in hours. Staff is on site 7a-9p M-F so "morning" or "any time" likely include hours you are not on campus.

Walk-up Usage (Internal only):

  • All walk-up equipment has been relocated to the first bay and entry of 68-322. All other areas of the BioMicro Center are off limits to non-BMC staff.
  • The walk-up equipment is currently located in an area with a maximum occupancy of 1. Minor exceptions may occur depending on which pieces of equipment are being used but "co-working" is not permitted in the BioMicro Center and two individuals may not be at the same piece of equipment.
  • UROPS are not permitted in the BioMicro Center. No exceptions are being considered at this time.
  • Please reserve your equipment 24h in advance on ilabs and expect there may be some juggling of your reservation to maintain occupancy limits.
  • All reservations require approval of BMC staff.
  • Consumables are available by emailing biomicro@mit.edu. We will place them in the freezer outside the facility.
  • Access to the BMC using the card readers has been severely limited. The door to 68-322 will remain open at times we are expecting walk-up users only. For users outside of operating hours, card access will be granted on a case-by-case basis after your reservation has been approved.
  • BMC is currently staffed Monday-Friday. Hours depend on requirements for projects being handled by the core, but are typically through standard business hours.
  • If someone else is in the space at your designated appointment time, please remain outside the room.
  • Please be expeditious in your use of the equipment and remain adjacent to the equipment you are using.
  • Training is now available for most pieces of equipment but please plan extra time. Training will occur in multiple phases over multiple days. Please email biomicro@mit.edu for training
  • Training by your labmates is generally not permitted during research ramp up as it violates physical distancing requirements. Very rare (and breif) exceptions may occur. Any exception must be specifically approved by the Center Director.
  • All users entering the BMC must immediately put on a fresh pair of gloves. This is additional beyond the standard MIT requirement.
  • A core facility is a challenging area for transmission safety because so many people use it. Use of PPE and following MIT and BMC guidelines is essential. Failure to do so endangers not only your labmates, but a large number of other users and will result in suspension of access to the facility.

External Users:

  • NO access to the BioMicro Center is available for non-MIT users.
  • Assisted services are available to non-MIT users through either delivery of samples by Fedex or sample hand-off outside of Building 68.
  • All external use must be approved by the Center Director. The Center is not responsible for samples submitted without approval.