Memorial Hospital Research Laboratories
The Irene Orlow Lab
The Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory
Led by Dr. Irene Orlow, the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory participates in self-initiated research & supports investigations from the Population Sciences Research and Clinical Research programs that involve handling and testing of a variety of human specimens.
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Relocation Updates – January 2024
As of January 11th 2024, we are back in our permanent home in Main Campus. You can find us on the 10th floor of the Schwartz building in rooms S-1033 (mainly) and S-1028, where samples are received and initially processed.
Receipt of Clinical Specimens (revised January 2024)
* Attention Clinical Research Teams* - our Drop-off Cut-off Times, by specimen type are
For immediate processing^, weekdays by 3:30pm
For immediate refrigeration only^^, weekdays by 4pm
For stable samples only^^^,weekdays 8am to 7pm, Rm S-1028, in the designated red cooler
^ Samples requiring immediate processing are most time-sensitive; separation of plasma/ buffy coat/ serum, and aliquoting & proper storage are completed timely before analytes deteriorate. ^^ Does not require centrifugation or processing, but needs to be aliquoted & refrigerated properly. ^^^ For instance, saliva Oragene kits (for DNA extraction and genotyping) contain a stabilizer and are more ‘resistant’ or remain unchanged longer.
In ALL cases, continue following the Lab’s guidelines on email communications regarding biospecimens (before procurement, the day off, and to confirm that the sample is on its way to our Lab or was dropped off).
For questions or when in need of a potential exception, get in touch with the Lab (phone, Teams, and group email), or contact Dr. Orlow.
Irene Orlow, MS, DSc
- Led by Dr. Irene Orlow, the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory participates in self-initiated research & supports investigations from the Population Sciences Research and Clinical Research programs that involve handling and testing of a variety of human specimens.
- University of Buenos Aires
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