Initiating a Project | Gene Vector and Virus Core


The Gene Vector and Virus Core offers advice and consultation at no charge and we encourage you to get in touch with us as early in a project as possible. By providing early input, we are frequently able to help investigators avoid unnecessary missteps that would otherwise delay or derail a project.

Requesting a Service

All service center requests should be made through the Stanford iLab system

Please read and follow the instructions in the forms below:

Stanford users

 iLab ordering for Stanford users

External users

 iLab ordering for external users

 iLab registration for external users

Visit GVVC on iLab

Before you Begin

GVVC users should always perform the following procedures prior to ordering recombinant viruses:

  • Obtain institutional approval to use recombinant viruses
  • Choose virus
  • Design vector
  • Construct vector
  • Characterize vector
  • Produce plasmid vector
  • Provide virus core with predicted sequence of vector
  • Decide how much virus to produce at what purity level

Upon receipt of virus from GVVC: 

  • Store virus properly*
  • Use virus properly*
  • Dispose of unused virus properly*

* In a manner compliant with your lab's institutionally approved protocol(s), in addition to adherence to federal, state, and/or local regulations.

Use and disposal of viruses

Use and disposal of recombinant viruses is governed by specific institutional guidelines that are often based on the CDC/NIH (biosafety level/BSL) guidelines for their use. At Stanford, researchers must obtain approval to use recombinant viruses by submitting an application to the Administrative Panel for Biosafety (APB). The virus core is required to obtain approved copies of APB applications before it can produce viruses for Stanford customers.

See the APB Review website or eProtocol for instructions.

Learn more about care and handling of viruses

Credit the Lab in your Publications

As with all Stanford Service Centers, credit must be given to the Virus Core for data that results in a publication. Please acknowledge GVVC as the Stanford Gene Vector and Virus Core (RRID:SCR_023250).  Stock viruses may be referenced by their name and GVVC ID (ie GVVC-AAV-123) in resource tables.  If GVVC staff provide significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution, co-authorship in accordance with professional norms for publication credit is expected.

Please keep us informed of publications stemming from your work with the lab. Send us the citation (including PubMed ID), or a link to the journal article when it is published online. Supported publications are an important metric for continued administrative support of service centers at Stanford, and we rely on you to make our publication lists complete.

Contact Us

For other consultation or service requests, contact GVVC staff.


Stanford Neurosciences Building

290 Jane Stanford Way, Room S078

Stanford CA 94305