Marcel R. M. van den Brink, MD, PhD

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an important therapy for a variety of malignancies, including leukemias, lymphomas, and myeloma. Several complications limit its use including relapse of malignancy, graft versus host disease, and prolonged immune depletion caused by the conditioning required for successful transplantation – all of which can lead to increased morbidity and mortality after allo-HSCT. My laboratory uses murine HSCT models to study clinically important problems in HSCT and to test novel therapeutic strategies which can be translated into clinical practice.

Main Lab Projects



Velardi E, Tsai JJ, Holland AM, Wertheimer T, Yu VW, Zakrzewski JL, Tuckett AZ, Singer NV, West ML, Smith OM, Young LF, Kreines FM, Levy ER, Boyd RL, Scadden DT, Dudakov JA, van den Brink MRM. Sex steroid blockade enhances thymopoiesis by modulating Notch signaling. The Journal of Experimental Medicine . 2014 Nov 17;211(12):2341-9. doi: 10.1084/jem.20131289. Epub 2014 Oct 20. 

Hubbard-Lucey VM, Shono Y, Maurer K, West ML, Singer NV, Ziegler CG, Lezcano C, Motta AC, Schmid K, Levi SM, Murphy GF, Liu C, Winkler JD, Amaravadi RK, Rogler G, Dickinson AM, Holler E, van den Brink MRM, Cadwell K. Autophagy gene Atg16L1 prevents lethal T cell alloreactivity mediated by dendritic cells. Immunity. 2014 Oct 16;41(4):579-91. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2014.09.011. Epub 2014 Oct 9. [PMID: 25308334]

Ghosh A, Dogan Y, Moroz M, Holland AM, Yim N, Rao UK, Young LF, Tannenbaum D, Masih D, Velardi E, Tsai JJ, Jenq RR, Penack O, Hanash AM, Smith   M, Piersanti K, Lezcano C, Murphy GF, Liu C, Palomba L, Sauer M, Sadelain M, Ponomarev V, van den Brink MRM. Adoptively transferred TRAIL+ T cells suppress GVHD and augment antitumor activity. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2013 Jun 3;123(6):2654-62. doi: 10.1172/JCI66301. Epub 2013 May 15.

Tsai JJ, Takahashi K, Dudakov JA, Shieh J, Singer NV, West ML, Smith OM, Young LF, Holland AM, Shono Y, Ghosh A, Tran HT, Moore MAS, van den Brink MRM. Nrf2 regulates haematopoietic stem cell function. Nature Cell Biology. 2013; 15(3): 309-16.

Holland AM, Zakrzewski JL, Tsai JJ, Hanash AM, Dudakov JA, Smith OM, West ML, Singer NV, Sun JC, van den Brink MRM. Extrathymic development of murine T cells after bone marrow transplantation. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2012; 122: 4716-4726. PMCID: PMC3533530;

Hanash AM, Dudakov JA, Hua G, O’Connor MH, Young LF, Singer NV, West ML, Jenq RR, Holland AM, Kappel LW, Ghosh A, Tsai JJ, Rao UK, Yim NL, Smith OM, Velardi E, Liu C, Fouser LA, Kolesnick R, Blazar BR, van den Brink MRM. IL-22 protects intestinal stem cells from immune-mediated tissue damage and regulates sensitivity to graft vs. host disease. Immunity. 2012; 37:339-350. (Previews in Immunity 2012; 37:196). PMCID:PMC3477611;

Dudakov JA, Hanash AM, Jenq RR, Young LF, Singer NV, West ML, Smith OM, Holland AM, Tsai JJ, Boyd RL, van den Brink MRM. IL-22 drives endogenous thymic regeneration in mice. Science. 2012; 336:91-95. (Perspectives in Science 2012; 336:40; Leading Edge Select in Cell 2012; 149:729)