Central Research Labs (CoLabs at Parnassus)

Update June 4, 2018:
A summary of the CRL subgroup report to the Parnassus Master Planning Steering Committee was shared at a faculty town hall meeting on May 29, 2018. The subgroup has recommended that we rename the CRL as the “CoLabs at Parnassus” to indicate the dual role of the initiative as both a new model for collaboration and a provider of core services. The CRL/CoLabs Design Team will be selected this summer and the Master Planning committee is working with the UCSF Space Management Subcommittee and others to identify the optimal site for the CoLabs on a similar timeline. Those interested in participating in the next phase of CoLabs planning are invited to contact members of the CRL subgroup or any of its task forces.


The Central Research Labs (CRL) is the first component of the Parnassus Heights campus improvement project with planning, design, and construction to proceed on an aggressive timeline. 

  • A new CRL facility will provide a set of related central research resources and foster collaboration and creativity.
  • The CRL Subgroup, which will report to the Parnassus Master Plan Steering Committee, is charged with developing a vision and proposing a program for the CRL that describes the activities, personnel, space, and equipment that will be required for the lab.
  • The CRL Subgroup is seeking broad input by forming task forces to investigate specific proposals and welcomes questions and suggestions from the UCSF community. Those wishing to remain informed about the CRL planning process are encouraged to join the CRL Subgroup listserv for regular updates posted on this website.
  • Although the CRL Subgroup will recommend a program to the Parnassus Master Plan Steering Committee in April 2018, well before the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan is developed, its goals for the CRL are consistent with those of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan, which seek to strengthen and support collaboration and excellence at the Parnassus Heights campus.

CRL Goals and Potential Programs

CRL Subgroup and Task Force Membership

Participate in the CRL Planning Process