Impact of COVID-19 on Researchers

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COVID-19 Research Projects

Investigators at UT Southwestern from across the entire spectrum of clinical, data, and basic sciences have risen to the global challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Partial Reopening of Labs

UTSW is allowing a limited number of nonclinical employees to return to campus starting Monday, May 11.

This step in restoring operations is aimed at slowly restoring research activities under these partial opening guidelines for laboratory researchers.

Request to Exceed 50% Staffing

A faculty investigator can request permission to exceed 50% staffing in the research laboratory by submitting an application to the Safety Office at

This will trigger a site visit by members of the Safety Office who will examine the requesting faculty member’s laboratory and the feasibility of the proposed increase in staffing. Thereafter, a decision to accept, modify, or decline the request will be made in conjunction with the Provost’s Office.

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Resumption of Patient Research Activities

Following the partial reopening of our research laboratories on May 11, we provide the following guidelines for planning resumption of patient research activities.

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Guidelines for Safely Working in Labs

This informational webinar for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate school faculty covers the current guidelines for safely working in labs.

Panelists include:

  • Steven Leach, M.D., Director, Student Health Services
  • Natalie Lundsteen, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Graduate School
  • Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate School
  • John Schoggins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology
  • Terin Ziebarth, FNP-C, Student Health Services
  • Andrew Zinn, M.D., Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School

Human Research

Check the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) for daily updates, current guidelines regarding IRB approval, regulatory guidance, and frequently asked questions.

If you have logistical questions about research procedures at UT Southwestern’s hospital, clinics, and campus, including COVID-19 screening forms and surveys (in English and Spanish), refer to the Office of Clinical Research (needs VPN to access).

Animal and Basic (Laboratory) Research

Check the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) site (needs VPN to access) for important updates.