Dear GRCF Core Customers and Colleagues,

In response to the evolving university guidelines and to protect the health and safety of our consumers, employees, and the Johns Hopkins community at large, all GRCF support services will be suspended effective Tuesday, March 17 at 5 pm.  Many staff members will continue their work remotely and will remain accessible by way of an email (see below).  Emergency contacts have been set in place for each of the GRCF divisions, and we invite you to reach out as needed through these channels  We know research efforts continue on campus in the fight against COVID-19, in support of this, the GRCF Store will work to maintain 24/7 vending services with research reagents.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this turbulent period and for your continued support of the GRCF.  Please take care of yourself and your love ones. We hope to open our doors again soon!


Melissa V. Olson

Director, Genetic Resources Core Facility

COVID-19 CRISIS – Ways You Can Volunteer Through Johns Hopkins 

Many of us are wondering how we can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Johns Hopkins Incident Command Center, several deans and students are periodically sending out emails containing information on volunteering opportunities. None of these experiences will involve clinical exposure. There will be precautions to maintain social distancing, and sanitation equipment (hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, etc.) will be provided. Please note that many of these opportunities are only open to volunteers from within the Hopkins family

  • Mask Sewing: You can put your sewing skills to good use by following the template provided here. Once you are finished, you can drop your masks off at a box on the sidewalk near the McElderry Street Garage exit: 601 N. Caroline St., Baltimore, MD 21287.
  • Driving Supplies to Other Hopkins Hospitals: This is a great way to help if you have a valid driver’s license. You will not have to use your own vehicle. Sign up here!
  • Face Shield Construction: Construction is taking place daily at the Johns Hopkins Consolidated Services Center. Volunteers are asked to come on site for 4-hour shifts to assist in constructing face fields—cutting with scissors and razor blades, hot gluing, and stapling. Warehouse volunteering is now open to non-Hopkins affiliates! Sign up here!