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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.

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

What’s happening with classes?

All classes will continue in virtual formats through the end of the term.

What’s happening with research?

As of March 18, all research across Johns Hopkins campuses has been restricted to essential activities. BMB is proud to join the fight against COVID-19. Associate Professor Anthony Leung is working along with Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Professor Diane Griffin to apply their research into a class of ADP-ribosylation removal enzymes to potential coronavirus treatment options. Leung and Griffin have shown that the enzymes, which are found in coronaviruses, are critical for pathogenesis in alphaviruses.

Most other research in BMB has shifted to remote work aside from essential activities.

For current PhD, ScM, and MHS Students

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

Resources and Information for Graduate Students [March 23, 2020]: More detailed information on a range of topics including links to resources.  

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

When will in-person classes start again?  

JHU President Ronald J. Daniels has announced that all in-person classes have been suspended through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  

Will commencement be held this spring?  

This Spring’s Commencement will be virtual, and students will have opportunities to walk at future graduation ceremonies.  

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.  

For accepted students  

Will the PhD and Master’s programs still start in the fall?

All our academic programs are planned to start in the fall.

How can I get more information about the department and the school to make my decision without visiting the campus?  

JHSPH Admissions Services is holding a series of virtual sessions for admitted students – links can be found in your email. See below the Virtual Admitted Student Visitor’s Day recording and a schedule of upcoming sessions.

Virtual Admitted Student Visitor’s Day video recording (Full transcription file): The complete recording of the March 13, 2020 virtual Visitor’s Day, beginning with a 15-minute introduction from Dean Ellen MacKenzie. Other key segments include:

Upcoming session: Housing and Life in Baltimore Virtual Session - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern time)  

For potential master’s students

Can I still apply to the MHS, ScM and MaPHB programs?  

Yes – all our Master’s programs accept applications through June 1.

Will the programs still start in the fall?

All our academic programs are planned to start in the fall.

How can I learn more about the master’s programs?  

Check out the websites for our Master of Health Science (MHS) and a Master of Science (ScM) degree programs as well as the online interdepartmental Master of Arts in Public Health Biology (MaPHB) program.  

Resources about COVID-19

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

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