Congratulations Natalie and Neha!

Previous two STAR program summer high school students, Neha Amin (Fort Zumwalt South High School; Saint Peters, Missouri) and Natalie Loveridge (Edwardsville High School; Edwardsville, Illinois), are looking forward to a brighter future! Natalie will be starting undergrad at Vanderbilt University in the fall and Neha will be attending Wash U and will be coming back to do research with us […]

Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership Annual Meeting

Dr. Hirbe traveled to Iowa this weekend to meet with her colleagues in the Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership to discuss new clinical trial ideas.  Fighting Sarcoma!

New Lab Member

We were excited to have Dr. Dana Borcherding to interview to join our lab and even happier that she will be joining us in April! 

Year of the Rat!

Happy Chinese New Year!  The Hirbe lab had another wonderful Chinese New Year celebration led by Xiao.  This year’s special guest was Charlie.  He was a little tired, but loved the dumplings!

Grant Funding!

The Hirbe lab is celebrating two big grants which were awarded this month!  Dr. Hirbe has joined forces with colleagues at the University of Minnesota (Dr. David Largaespada), Johns Hopkins University (Dr. Christine Pratilas) and Sage Bionetworks (Dr. Sara Gosline) to use the preclinical platform that they have developed to test novel combinations of drugs […]

CTOS 2019

Several members of the Hirbe lab traveled to Tokyo, Japan last month to present their work.  Dr. Hirbe gave a talk detailing the work of the Genomics of MPNSTS Consortium funded by the NF Research Initiative.  Xiao presented an update to Wenjing’s work regarding the function of TYK2 in MPNSTs.  Vanessa presented a poster presenting […]

2019 NF Conference – San Francisco

The NF Conference is a critical forum for consensus-building and advancing basic, translational, and clinical research in NF and related fields while fostering collaborations within and beyond the NF community. Importantly, the NF Conference is a key venue for attracting and growing new investigators in NF research and clinical care. Dr. Hirbe and James spent […]

2019 NF Hackathon

The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP), Sage Bionetworks, and the Silicon Valley AI group (SVAI) are excited to announce the second Neurofibromatosis (NF) hackathon that will be held in San Francisco in concomitance with the 2019 CTF Patient Forum and NF Conference. After the first NF2 hackathon organized by Onno […]

Abigail’s White Coat Ceremony

Congratulations to student doctor Abigail Godec pictured here at her recent White Coat Ceremony at Michigan State.  She also happened to have her manuscript entitled “Whole-exome sequencing reveals the maintained polyclonal nature from primary to metastatic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor in two patients with NF1” accepted to Neuro-Oncology Advances this week.

Francis Collins Scholars Scientific Day

The event was sponsored by the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program  (NTAP). Afterward, Francis Collins joined some of the meeting attendees, including many “Collins Scholars,” for a group photo. Now in its sixth year, the Francis Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research is helping to create a community of outstanding clinician-scientists with expertise in […]

Partnership of Research Institutions Award For 2019 STARS students

Congratulations to both Natalie and Neha, our 2019 STARS students.  They were both chosen for a  Partnership of Research Institutions Award for Excellence in Research. The awardees were selected after they presented their research papers to their peers, parents and research mentors at the conclusion of the program on July 19. “The evaluation scores from the […]

2019 STARs Summer Students

For a third year, we have been lucky to have 2 STAR program summer high school students. Neha Amin (Fort Zumwalt South High School; Saint Peters, Missouri) and Natalie Loveridge (Edwardsville High School; Edwardsville, Illinois) join us in the lab to do investigative research. So glad you spent your summers with us and wish you […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Hirbe!

Hirbe Lab members and sarcoma team celebrating Dr. Hirbe’s 40th birthday!                         James failing to open a bottle of champagne Happy Birthday, Dr. Hirbe 🙂

Wenjing’s Graduation

We are so excited to announce that Wenjing has successfully finished her thesis and her paper from our lab was accepted in Cancer Medicine.  Look for details coming soon in the publications section of the website! Congratulation, Dr. Qin!

Good Luck Abby!

We are so sad to see this amazing technician leave us.  However, she is off to do great things in the MD PhD program at Michigan State.  You will always have a home in the Hirbe lab.  Good luck Abby!

ASCO 2019

Dr. Hirbe attended ASCO this year and chaired the sarcoma session.  The Wash U Sarcoma Program also presented an update on a promising clinical trial in addition to presenting some collaborative projects with Vanderbilt and Stanford.  Attacking sarcoma!