While many research areas will not need biosafety support, the Research Office will work with researchers when biosafety resources are needed and this may include facilitate collaboration with other institutions like OHSU. Please be aware, work with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, involving isolation and/or inoculation for growth of the virus in cell culture or animals may only be done at biosafety level 3 (BSL-3). Such work at OSU is not possible at this time because existing BSL-3 laboratories are currently non-functional. Other work with specimens such as blood, sputum, nasopharyngeal swabs, or fecal samples that may contain SARS-CoV-2 must be reviewed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and performed in a BSL-2 laboratory with a functioning Biological Safety Cabinet.
For additional IBC guidance with regard to SARS-CoV-2 work, please refer to the following website: