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**Please Read Below for COVID19 Information for Research Cores**


Update as of 6/9/20

Information has been shared by JHU for reopening on-site research laboratories as of 6/15/20.  Please see the University broadcast email sent on 6/9/20 for additional details.


Update as of 5/27/20

Ongoing efforts are in progress to plan for the restart of research core operations.  Please click on links below for guidance on the restarting core operations.  More information will be announced when available.  For questions, please email

  1. Detailed considerations for reopening research cores
  2. Example signage for instrumentation cores to communicate proper physical distancing


Update as of 3/18/20

COVID-19 Preparedness Information for Research Cores 

In an effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on research core operations, please click on the links below for information on core laboratory recommendations and considerations for cores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Email communication on 3/14/20 from Dean Rothman outlining guidelines to de-densify labs and facilitate physical distancing.
  2. Preparedness for the delivery of liquid nitrogen and other mission-critical materials.
  3. Important considerations for cores.

If you have general questions related to COVID-19 and research cores or service centers, please contact Shawn Franckowiak ( or Jeff Smith ( from the SOM Office for Faculty Research Resources.

For questions/concerns related to possible lab/scientific supplier disruptions due to the virus, please contact:

  • Lab/Scientific Category Portfolio Group Manager: Craig Dolson,, 443-997-9920
  • Lab/Scientific Category Lead: Debbie Newlon,, 443-997-0468


To see a complete list of all up coming events go to the Core News and Events page.

Welcome to the Core in a Box website, dedicated to providing the Johns Hopkins research community with comprehensive access to our research core facilities and resources for core development and management. World-renowned for medical research and advances, our schools are home to a combined total of more than 120 Core Facilities, designed to encourage and enable cutting-edge research in the areas of basic science, genetics, medicine and others.

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Core Connector
Search for a core facility by name, category, location, or keyword. Access our core management system to order services, reserve equipment, track projects, and manage costs. 

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Core Set up
Start a new core facility using our tools, user demand survey, templates, and process diagrams. Learn about the different types of cores you can operate. 

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Core Maintenance
Optimize your core facility using our framework for oversight, management, and training. Find answers to your FAQ’s and how to work with external customers.

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Core Equipment
Follow our processes for obtaining new equipment, determining if you should buy or lease your next purchase, and how to trade-in or dispose of old equipment. 

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Core Funding
Explore funding opportunities created specifically for core facilities including Core Coins and extramural funding. 

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Core News
News, updates, and information about our JHU core facilities. Join your peers at upcoming meetings, conferences, and events.