Research Ramp-Up - When Will We Return to the Labs?

April 22, 2020

A Message from Dr. Kunkel

Dear Colleagues,

We are all anxious to get the laboratories opened; however, we don’t have a clear idea of when that will be yet. U-M is working closely with the Governor’s office, and our actions are dependent on the shelter-in-place order and other statewide requirements that may be issued related to a return to work. I am working with the U-M Vice President for Research, Dr. Cunningham, and research deans from the other schools and colleges on developing a research ramp-up framework. Every indication is that the ramp-up of research will be a phased return to the labs with social distancing, density considerations, and other safety measures put into place, so the research enterprise is likely to look and feel different for some time upon our return.

Like you, I am eager to return to my lab. I promise to keep you apprised as planning continues to progress. Keep in mind that the safety and well-being of our research community continues to be our top priority, so that will be at the forefront of any planning for future ramp-up in operations.
Be well and stay safe,

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Dean for Research, Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer, Michigan Medicine
Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor
Endowed Professor of Pathology Research