Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention in HSCRB

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and In-Person Meetings

Laboratory-based research at Harvard University has been put on hold, with the exception of research into COVID-19. We will maintain only the most critical functions to safeguard materials that are essential to our on-going mission of finding cures for all human diseases, and will continue to work remotely.

Page last updated on Friday, 3 April 2020 at 10:00am. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

This page provides information relevant to the operations of Harvard’s department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB). Please refer to the University’s dedicated coronavirus website for current, reliable information about how the university is working to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Please consider both your own health and safety and that of others in the community, some of whom may be particularly vulnerable to the virus due to immune system compromise or other conditions. This virus affects people differently; you may not always be aware of how it will impact those around you.

We encourage everyone to review Harvard’s guidance about both international and domestic travel.

If you have a dual role at other Harvard schools,  institutes, or teaching hospitals, we ask that you follow their policies and guidelines if they are more restrictive.

Coronavirus Exposure

Patients with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have experienced symptoms that appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you develop a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Call them before you arrive at their practice so they are prepared and can help you take steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and are unsure whether you should self-isolate/quarantine, refer to HUHS guidance. Email health services if you have symptoms or need further advice.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, contact health services even if you do not usually get medical care at HUHS. This will help in assessing the impact of the disease our community.


Harvard has transitioned to virtual instruction for graduate and undergraduate classes, starting Monday, March 23. 

Remote Teaching

Some aspects of in-person teaching may translate more easily to a remote classroom than others.


The University’s preventive measures include limiting the number of people interacting, including those in research laboratories.

Cleaning Supplies

FAS facilities, the Bauer/Sherman Fairchild custodial team, and the HSCRB Administration team have ordered additional hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies for our facilities in Cambridge. Our supplies are being monitored carefully, and we will continue to order in advance of additional need to keep us well prepared.

For some products, notably hand sanitizer, there are stock issues nationally. Please know that dedicated staff are working hard to make sure we have what we need in the department.

Laboratory Operations

Harvard has significantly reduced the number of people on campus and curtailed research activities in the interests of disease prevention. The information below focuses on continuity planning in this unprecedented situation.

HSCRB laboratory operations will be affected in the following areas.

Checklist: Shutting down on-campus research activities

Use this toolkit as you ramp down your lab activities and prepare to work remotely.

Flexible Working

HSCRB managers and staff moved to a remote work schedule starting Monday, 16 March. If you have not been designated as “essential personnel” and issued with a letter to that effect, you should not visit the buildings.

Parking for Mission-Critical Staff

For mission-critical staff, Harvard Parking is offering free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage during this time. Details on the Harvard Transportation and Parking site.

Questions and Feedback

The FAS Division of Science welcomes all members of our community to submit questions through this dedicated website, and will endeavor to reply within a day.

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback specific to HSCRB, please email Your message will be received by a small group of people so that you can receive a reply as quickly as possible.

Video address from Larry Bacow, 10 March 2020

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