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UCSC’s Colligan Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory honored by Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley

UCSC Public Affairs | September 20, 2021

The Colligan Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory was established to help the Santa Cruz community by increasing coronavirus testing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic and providing a quick turn-around of testing results for populations vital to the recovery of Santa Cruz. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)... Read more.

A Community’s Collaborative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Salud Para La Gente, Watsonville CA presents: A Community's Collaborative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This presentation was prepared for The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the Western Clinicians Network (WCN) 2021 VIRTUAL Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference. Watch

Slugs roll up their sleeves to help make campus a COVID-19 success story

Elisa Smith | March 04, 2021

Low positivity rates, zero on-campus transmission, and fast testing turnaround times have made UC Santa Cruz a leader in efficient coronavirus response compared to its university counterparts. ... Read more.

No ‘variants of concern’ in first Santa Cruz County tests, though bulk of samples show California strain

Mallory Pickett | March 1, 2021 | Lookout Santa Cruz

UCSC has just completed its first sequencing of 84 COVID-19 samples from Santa Cruz County. Similar to the rest of the state, 65% of them show the worrisome — but not alarm-worthy — California strain.. ... Read more.

Covid Testing Program MCD Seminar

February 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Join Genomics Institute affiliate faculty, Jeremy Sanford and Olena Vaske, for an overview of UCSC’s Covid testing program, which aims to strengthen community health with testing and sequencing for new variants to help us exit the pandemic.

UCSC expands testing during surge to support community

"UCSC has become an integral part of how our community responds to COVID-19." With COVID-19 cases surging, the Colligan Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory is processing an increasing number of tests to identify COVID-19 infections in the local community. Watch

COVID-19 Testing and Education

While hosting 'How Our Community Came Together' in 2020,' on Jan. 22, 2021, the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County described UCSC and local partner efforts to expand COVIID-19 testing in the community. Watch

Supporting Sequencing Effort in Santa Cruz County

January 28, 2021 | Doug Erickson | Santa Cruz Works

Many attendees expressed interest in donating to Professor David Haussler’s call for funds to support sequencing of virus samples in Santa Cruz County. ... Read more.

A year of generosity

January 25, 2021 | J. D. Hillard | UCSC

In December, thanks to a significant gift from Bud and Rebecca Colligan, the lab found a permanent home. ... Read more.

COVID-19 Mutations and You

January 20, 2021 | J. D. Hillard | UCSC

UCSC, SC County Health, and Salud Para la Gente are working together to sequence the tests. Sequencing test data help us see how the contagion is occurring. ... Read more.

How the Molecular Diagnostics Lab processes COVID-19 tests

Take a virtual lab tour and learn more about the significance of the UC Santa Cruz Molecular Diagnostic Lab (MDL) to our community and how testing works at UC Santa Cruz.

'First line of defense': UCSC’s COVID-19 testing lab ready to relocate, ramp up

December 17, 2020 | Nick Ibarra | Lookout Santa Cruz

The UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab is expected to move off the main campus to a Westside Santa Cruz site early in 2021, UCSC announced this week. It will be housed at the Westside Research Park, a renovated office complex purchased by the university in 2004 that also serves as headquarters for UCSC’s Genomics Institute. ... Read more.

UCSC expands COVID-19 testing during surge to support community needs

A gift from Bud and Rebecca Colligan will expand testing capacity and help fund a new, dedicated laboratory space to house the diagnostic lab in the Genomics Institute’s facilities at the Westside Research Park

December 15, 2020 | Tim Stephens | UCSC

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Slugs lauded as Hometown Heroes

Chancellor, faculty, staff and alumni honored at Santa Cruz Works event

December 2, 2020 | UCSC | Marc DesJardins

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Watch Jeremy Sanford's Hometown Hero acceptance

2020 Be the Difference Awards Online Watch Party

October 21, 2020 | The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and Community Sponsors proudly present the nominees and winners of the 2020 Be the Difference Awards. This 14th annual event celebrates the individuals, groups, and businesses who do the most to transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. Enjoy an hour of inspiration and entertainment in their honor. ... Watch here.

UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab Honored

Be the Difference award recognizes UCSC’s efforts to provide local testing for coronavirus infections

October 19, 2020 | UCSC | Tim Stephens

The UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab will be honored as a 2020 Group Winner in the Be the Difference Awards sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center. ... Read more.

UCSC Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing

October 4, 2020 | TPG Online Daily | Jondi Gumz

By mid-October, UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Cynthia “Cindy” Larive expects the lab on campus will be able to handle COVID-19 testing of 1,200 to 1,500 times per week. That’s up from 500 tests a week, she shared with First District Supervisor John Leopold, a 1988 UCSC alumnus, during his Sept. 23 town hall for constituents on Zoom. ... Read more.


University Forums: Community Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19

September 23, 2020 | UCSC Arts, Lectures, & Entertainment

Partnerships formed quickly during this evolving health crisis. Salud Para La Gente, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, Santa Cruz Community Health, and the UC Santa Cruz Molecular Diagnostic Lab are working jointly to test and treat the most vulnerable in Santa Cruz County. Join us for a conversation with community health leaders as they take us inside the collaborative response to address the pandemic. ... Watch here.

UC Santa Cruz Minute: Part 15 (Inside the Molecular Diagnostic Lab)

August 11, 2020 | UCSC

UC Santa Cruz Minute is a weekly video series connecting you to campus wherever you are. ... Watch here.

COVID-19: UCSC lab teams up with nonprofits to boost testing availability, speed

Lab running up to 400 weekly tests for low-income, vulnerable residents — with potential for further expansion

July 29, 2020 | Santa Cruz Sentinel | Nicholas Ibarra

At first focused on students and staff, the COVID-19 testing lab at UC Santa Cruz has expanded its capacity and is now quickly turning around tests for hundreds of county residents each week. ... Read more.

The UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab is partnering with area nonprofits to test area residents for coronavirus infections. Pictured working in the lab are doctoral student Jolene Draper, left, and project scientist Namrita Dhillon. (M. Stone — Contributed)

Tales from a pandemic pop-up lab

July 23, 2020 | UCSC Arts, Lectures, & Entertainment

Soon after the virus spread to California, a four-person team at UC Santa Cruz co-founded the COVID-19 diagnostic testing laboratory, known as the Molecular Diagnostic Lab (MDL). MDL began testing in May, and has tested students, staff, faculty, and community members from federally qualified health centers that serve traditionally underserved populations.The lab's partnership with Santa Cruz Community Health and Salud Para La Gente is serving our most vulnerable residents. ... Watch.

UCSC to receive $1 million grant from county for COVID-19 testing

July 23, 2020 | KSBW8

To provide help to curb ongoing delays with test results. the lab at UC Santa Cruz will receive $1M from the counties federal “cares act” money. This will increase capacity to process tests. The UCSC lab won't actually do the tests, just process them.

Campus, Santa Cruz Community Health unite to test underserved community members

June 4, 2020 | UCSC | Scott Hernandez-Jason

Compelled by values of social justice and equity, UC Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Community Health, a nonprofit primary care provider for low-income patients, are working together to test the area's underserved residents for COVID-19.

As news outlets published stories about celebrities and athletes unnecessarily getting tested for COVID-19, UC Santa Cruz scientists and staff saw an opportunity to provide fast testing for the community's most vulnerable residents ... Read more.

Santa Cruz Community Health, which started in 1974 as a women's health collective, has grown to provide care to about 12,000 people every year, regardless of their ability to pay, including about 1,700 who are homeless.
Michael Stone is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSC. He’s the lead scientist and co-founder of the UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab.

UC Santa Cruz Lab Increases COVID-19 Testing For Santa Cruz County

May 19, 2020 | KAZU | Michelle Loxton

Adequate COVID-19 testing is seen as one of the key requirements needed to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This week, California health officials announced how much testing local counties need to be doing in order to qualify to re-open their communities.

In Santa Cruz County, they should be testing just over 400 people a day. Right now, on average, the county says it’s doing about 167 tests per day. But one newly created lab at UC Santa Cruz is hoping to help the county reach that goal. ... Read more.

A COVID-19 test lab is up and running at UCSC, may soon boost capacity

May 5, 2020 | Santa Cruz Sentinel | Nicholas Ibarra

A new COVID-19 testing lab is up and running at UC Santa Cruz, with its first batch of samples expected to arrive Wednesday.

Initially serving patients of the campus Student Health Center and Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, the diagnostic lab opened Friday.

UCSC hopes to serve more area health centers in the weeks and months ahead, according to campus officials — but which provider could be next in line has yet to be determined. ... Read more.

Two lab technicians at work, dressed in gown, hair covering, face masks, seated, at work at the UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab
The UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab will begin testing for coronavirus infections May 1. Pictured working in the lab are project scientist Namrita Dhillon (left) and doctoral student Jolene Draper (right). (Photo by M. Stone)
Illustration: Ry X for City on a Hill Press

New Lab Brings COVID-19 Test Processing to UCSC

May 1, 2020 | Thomas Sawano | City on a Hill Press

The UC Santa Cruz Molecular Diagnostic Lab opened its doors on May 1, becoming one of four facilities in Santa Cruz County capable of processing tests for COVID-19.

The lab has the theoretical capacity to process upward of 800 COVID-19 test samples per day, though its initial test volume will be smaller, said Jeremy Sanford, a UCSC professor of molecular, cell and developmental (MCD) biology. ... Read more.

UC Santa Cruz diagnostic lab to begin coronavirus testing May 1

April 27, 2020 | Tim Stephens

In response to the limited availability of testing to determine if someone is infected with the COVID-19 virus, a team of researchers at UC Santa Cruz has established a diagnostic testing lab on campus. Starting May 1, the UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab will begin doing coronavirus tests for the UCSC Student Health Center and other medical providers in the local community.

The campus will not be operating a testing site for the general public. The campus lab will work with local medical providers to test patient samples ... Read more.

A new robotic liquid handling instrument for processing samples is enabling the diagnostic lab to increase its testing capacity. (Photo by J. Sanford)
UCSC scientists and engineers have launched a wide range of projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Graphic by Cameron Pye)

UCSC researchers are taking on the coronavirus challenge on multiple fronts

April 1, 2020 | Tim Stephens

The UC Santa Cruz campus has been eerily quiet since stay-at-home orders went into effect to limit the spread of the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty are adapting to teaching classes online, and research labs have had to shut down much of their work.

Nevertheless, many UCSC researchers are finding ways to apply their expertise to help combat the pandemic. Read more.

CARES Act funding allows increased testing capacity in Santa Cruz County SOURCE: KSBW

UC Santa Cruz, County partner to expand testing capacity through CARES act funding

Aug 9, 2020 | KSBW | Christopher Salas

Santa Cruz County and the University of California at Santa Cruz have announced a partnership to expand the county's COVID-19 coronavirus testing and analysis capacity. ... Read more.

'First line of defense': UCSC’s COVID-19 testing lab ready to relocate, ramp up

December 17, 2020 | Nick Ibarra | Lookout Santa Cruz

The UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab is expected to move off the main campus to a Westside Santa Cruz site early in 2021, UCSC announced this week. It will be housed at the Westside Research Park, a renovated office complex purchased by the university in 2004 that also serves as headquarters for UCSC’s Genomics Institute. ... Read more.