The global threat of COVID-19 has united the scientific community. We must work together to mitigate this crisis. At the IGI, we created a pop-up coronavirus testing lab in our building on UC Berkeley campus over the course of three weeks. We are now testing patient samples from the Berkeley community, including undergraduate students, first responders, and vulnerable people without insurance or permanent housing.
Our scientists and the broader Bay Area research community quickly formed rapid response teams, now working to better understand, detect, track, and treat the novel coronavirus.
We will update our site as our work progresses and organize our resources below. Please share this page with others who might find it useful and consider making a donation to support our urgent work. If you cannot find what you need, please contact
We do not offer direct patient testing. We process samples received from local medical centers. If you are feeling sick, please follow guidance from the CDC, your local health department, and your healthcare provider. If you're a UC Berkeley student or staff member, you can find information about testing availability and guidelines via University Health Services.
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Your support is critical in the fight against COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in the U.S., there remains a critical lack of testing capability. Testing is essential for tracking and containing viral spread.
We have set up a COVID-19 diagnostic testing lab at the IGI that analyzes patient samples collected by clinical partners. An effort of this nature is extremely challenging and requires staff at multiple institutions, new equipment, new reagents and extensive administrative support.
Looking ahead, we are developing point-of-care diagnostic tests and launching strategic research projects to understand the virus and combat it with new therapeutics.
Contributions of any size get us closer to accomplishing our important goals.
Thank you for your support!
We've compiled a working document with suggestions about how to support the community during this time. Here are some highlights:
We want to deeply thank our supporters for their generosity.