COVID-19 Response Efforts


In compliance with New York City’s Stay at Home order, our lab space was closed mid-March to June 2020. The van den Brink lab was continuously dedicated to supporting the NYC community by volunteering to assist COVID-19 response efforts. Many of our physician researchers joined the effort in support of clinical needs, while non-clinical lab personnel volunteered for re-deployment 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.