Disruptions to Laboratory Life Study


This study is investigating the ways in which laboratory life has shifted in the wake of COVID-19. We would like to interview you to learn more about your experiences since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those related to your laboratory-based research and responsibilities. We want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted your work and laboratory culture, and to get your reflections on these changes. This study is being conducted by researchers at UCSF in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (PI: Melanie Jeske).

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participation in the study entails two (2) interviews and the completion of a brief questionnaire (during the first interview). Each interview will last about 45-60 minutes. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be provided with a $25 gift card as a thank you for your participation, following the completion of your follow-up interview.


Eligible participants (ages 18-65) include bench scientists in STEM fields who, prior to COVID-19, spent at least 70% of their working time in laboratory settings. Eligible participants include graduate students pursing doctoral degrees (must be in the dissertation phase of the PhD program), postdoctoral trainees, and laboratory staff of at least 18 years of age.


Any identifying information or details collected during interviews will be anonymized or altered to keep the identity of individuals confidential. The identities of the participants will not be revealed in any presentations or publications that result from this research.

This study has been reviewed and deemed exempt by UCSF IRB (#20-31573).

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