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COVID-19 updates for the BMB community

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted activities in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, and many operations have moved remotely. Check the resources links and FAQs by group below.

General information

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Information: Key resources and frequent updates for the JHU community.

JHU 2020 Planning: Information about Johns Hopkins University planning to resume on-campus activities, including ways for the Johns Hopkins community to share feedback.

Research Return to Campus: Information about planning for a phased resumption of research activities at Johns Hopkins.

How will classes held in the 2020-2021 academic year?

For the 2020-2021 academic year, students can attend our Virtual Plus Campus from anywhere in the world. Instruction for the first two terms will be offered exclusively online, and even if in-person instruction resumes in January 2021, students can continue to attend virtually for the full academic year.

Learn more details about the Virtual Plus Campus in this letter from Dean Ellen MacKenzie.

What does virtual learning look like at JHSPH?

JHSPH has offered a number of courses online in the past – including a number from BMB. The Virtual Plus classes build on the school’s well-established teaching methods and technologies to maximize student and faculty engagement while providing flexibility – check out this short video for a look.

BMB shifted courses online in March 2020 along with the rest of the school, and the school has received largely positive feedback about the transition, with students noting the flexibility offered by the remote learning format and how the faculty were able to adapt to the courses. For the 2020-2021 academic year, our faculty have worked over the summer to set up their courses for the Virtual Plus Campus, building on our past experience with online teaching.

What’s happening with research?

On-site lab research across Johns Hopkins University began a phased restart on June 15. Prior to this, most BMB research was shifted to remote work as on-campus research had been restricted to COVID-19 research and essential activities since March 18.

All BMB research labs have begun to resume in-lab research, following detailed reopening plans that were created and approved in advance. These plans were developed to ensure that the research restart follows University guidance and puts health and safety considerations first.

For more information about Johns Hopkins planning to resume research activities, visit the Johns Hopkins University Research Return to Campus page.

For current PhD, ScM, and MHS Students

Latest JHU operations update for Graduate Students: Regularly updated information for graduate students.

Graduate Student Services COVID-19 Updates: Updates about student services for graduate students and links to resources.

Where can graduate students find health and wellness resources?

JHU Student Wellness: Destination for student wellness resources and news. Resources range from physical and mental wellness topics to financial and professional.

Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program: Assistance for dealing with managing life’s challenges and emotional well-being.

Where can international students find more info?  

Visit the Office of International Services website to find out how to access their services or check their COVID-19 Immigration-Related FAQs page.  

For Postdocs

Latest JHU operations update for Graduate Students: Regularly updated information for graduate students – some entries include Postdoctoral Fellows.

What will happen with my salary/stipend while I’m working remotely?

Postdoc salary/stipends and benefits will not be interrupted during the time you’re working remotely.  

Where can international Postdocs find more info?  

Visit the Office of International Services website to find out how to access their services or check their COVID-19 Immigration-Related FAQs page

Resources about COVID-19

Public Health Expert Insights: Q&As, daily situations reports, news and updates from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Coronavirus Resource Center: Resources from Johns Hopkins University to advance the understanding of the virus and inform the public.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates: information for patients and the public from Johns Hopkins Medicine.