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Laboratory Operations


Joseph Vaughan, Assistant Director of Laboratories, has overall responsibility for the day-to-day, operational procedures for our labs, including microbiological safety (COMS), radiation use, and controlled substances.

HSCRB’s point of contact for Harvard’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) committee is Sid Paula, who helps our laboratories manage biological, chemical, physical, and radiological hazards proactively.

Safety Training

  • Contact Joseph Vaughan for EH&S laboratory safety, safety training and scheduling, and safety procedures in HSCRB laboratories:
  • Contact Sid Paula for EH&S biosafety, biosafety training and scheduling, and biosafety procedures in HSCRB laboratories.

Storage and freezer services

HSCRB has temporary emergency back-up -80C freezers and short-term auxiliary freezer storage space for the laboratories. Contact Joe Vaughan for further information.


HSCRB scientists can access common reagents quickly. For example, New England Biolabs has 24/7 stockrooms located on the Harvard Cambridge campus (NEBnow) and near the Longwood campus (HMS BPF NEBnow).


Biological waste disposal for laboratories in the Bauer and Sherman-Fairchild buildings is managed by Sid Paula, Laboratory and Biosafety Officer in FAS Environmental Health and Safety.

Core Facilities

Find out more about how we support our scientists through advanced instrumentation and technical consultation.


Our scientists are supported by administrative teams covering everything from grant support to research compliance.
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