COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Marcel van den Brink Lab

COVID-19 Response Efforts


In compliance with New York City’s Stay at Home order, our lab space is closed for the time being, and while we’ve put our pipettes down for now, we have moved our work to a virtual platform where we can continue to further our research and interact remotely.

The van den Brink lab is dedicated to supporting the NYC community by volunteering to assist COVID-19 response efforts. Many of our physician researchers have joined the effort in support of clinical needs, while non-clinical lab personnel have volunteered to be re-deployed to fill critical staffing needs within our institution and to help at-risk populations in our community during these trying times.


Peter Adintori – volunteering to assist with nutrition care at MSK’s intensive care unit.

Hana Andrlova – volunteering for re-deployment within MSK, assisting with N95 respirator fit testing for employees.

Gabriel Armijo – volunteering for re-deployment within MSK, assisting in areas such as Environmental Health and Safety, Security, as well as Food and Nutrition Services.

Susan de Wolf – volunteering as a physician at MSKCC’s and NYP’s intensive care unit.

Harold Elias – volunteering as a physician at Brooklyn Hospital Center and Mount Sinai West to care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

Pamela Hatfield – volunteering for Telefriend senior companionship program through a Cornell partnership with the Carter Burden Network. Registered to help the NSPN & the Federation of American Scientists’ answers bot, in the format of “Ask a Scientist” to answer peoples’ COVID-19 questions in real time.

Kate Markey – registered to volunteer as a physician with the NYC Medical Volunteer Corps, and NYC Health and Hospitals.

Oriana Miltiadous – volunteering as a physician at Cornell’s intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients.

Brandon Ng – serving as Scientific Lead for Covisible, a non-profit startup that aims to deploy random serology tests in order to get estimates of total COVID-19 infection rates in various geographic areas across the nation. 

Marissa Peterson – volunteering to assemble food packages for seniors and homebound individuals.


In addition, our entire laboratory personnel is staying current with the in-flux of COVID-19 literature with a special focus on convalescent serum therapy.