2024 Hirbe Lab Chinese New Year Celebration

We were celebrating the Chinese New Year of Dragon (Loong), and for sure, our new R01 grant, on February 18 at Xiao’s house! So proud of our lovely lab family! Live long and prosper! Hallelujah!!!

2023 CTOS Annual Meeting

CTOS was amazing as usual!  Dana’s poster won an award for the best preclinical work and Xiao delivered an amazing presentation!  It was wonderful to connect with colleagues and see some of Ireland!

Dana’s paper has been accepted to CCR!

We were excited to celebrate the acceptance of Dana’s paper to CCR!  We hope to bring this exciting work to a clinical trial.  Stay tuned!

Dr. Simge Acar attended the NFYI forum

Dr. Simge Acar just returned from the NFYI forum and had a wonderful time meeting new colleagues and hearing about all of the amazing science!

Congrats to Andy and Kuangying!

We are so proud of Andy and Kuangying who both successfully defended their masters theses in December. Congratulations to both of them!

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 […]

Congratulations James!

We were happy to be able to celebrate with James as he completed his Master of Science in Biostatistics!  We are excited to have him join the lab full time leading up to beginning a PhD program!  

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.

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 […]

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!

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!

Congrats Hilary on Mentors in Medicine Award

We are very excited to announce that Hilary Dietz was awarded Mentors In Medicine (MIM) funding to work on her research project.  Her aim is to look at the utility of CT scan vs CXR for surveillance monitoring after surgical removal of a localized sarcoma. Her rational for working on this project is, there is […]

Rocking Docs at Rock Doc

This past weekend, Dr. Hirbe was recognized as on of the Rock Docs for the 13th Annual CureIosity Rock Docs Fundraiser supporting Siteman Cancer Center. With the theme of Paris, we enjoyed a night of performances, great food and friendship all in the name of supporting cancer research. In addition to Dr. Hirbe the Rock […]

Au Revoir à Paris!

After an amazing few days of science we are saddened to be leaving the beautiful city of Paris which hosted us for the Joint Global Neurofibromatosis Conference from November 2- 6th! Over the past few days we have been able to connect with innovative scientists and friends. We discussed new findings and collaborations over café […]