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Core Facilities

IGB Core Facilities Reopening June 1st



The IGB Core will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays. The IGB Core staff will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. People using the Core will need to leave at 11:00 p.m. There will be signs posted outside and inside the Core Facilities to guide you. Please follow all instructions to keep everyone safe. There is also a University of Illinois Division of Research Safety COVID-19 safety video which is required. This video is located at:


  • One person at a time will be permitted into each microscope room. The reservation calendar has been modified to block all of the instruments in a given room.

  • The Nanozoomer and V16 will be moved to room 612. The Core staff will open the door at 8 a.m. and close the door at 8 p.m.

  • Staff will meet with Core users via zoom, email, phone, or other electronic media avoiding face-to-face contact. If you need assistance with a microscope, please call one of the Core staff for assistance and they will come to help you.

  • Please enter the optical microscopy hall near the LSM 880 and leave the optical microscopy hall from the end near the LSM 700.

  • The computers in room 142 are set up to be run remotely using ultraVNC viewer. The instructions can be found at….


  • Use your key card to enter the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. When you enter you must be wearing a mask and proceed immediately to the restroom to wash your hands.

  • Enter the Core from the door near the LSM 880 and go to the microscope room that you will be using.

  • Put on disposable gloves that are placed next to the microscope.

  • Follow the instructional videos to disinfect the area that you will be using. There is an instructional video for disinfecting the NMR instrument and area located here. If you will be using the NMR, you must watch the video. There is also an instructional video for disinfecting the microscopy instruments and area. If you will be using the microscopy instruments, you must watch this video. It can be found here.

  • While you are using the microscope, you must wear your mask and gloves and follow social distancing rules.

  • After finishing with the microscope, disinfect the instrument again following the same procedures from the video.

  • When you leave the microscope suite, use hand sanitizer and use the exit door near the LSM 700.