Goodbye to Simge and Neha’s Graduation

Last Sunday, we hold a farewell party for Simge and Neha at Angie’s backyard and enjoyed the delicious Ravioli, Tortellini, Lasagna, etc., and of course, Chinese dumplings by Xiao! Congrats girls! It is bittersweet to say goodbye, Simge, and we wish you all the best on your residency at UChicago! So nice that we can […]

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!!!

2024 Hirbe Lab Thanksgiving & New Year Party

We enjoyed the delicious turkey dinner at Xiao’s house on January 21, 2024, to make up the Thanksgiving as well as to celebrate the New Year! So glad to get reunited finally, especially with our lab alumnus Kevin, a current medical student at WashU!

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!

2023 Sept & Oct Birthday Treats!

Dr. Hirbe ordered some Bundtlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes for the Lab Meeting on Monday, 10/16, to celebrate the September and October Birthdays!

2023 CTF Annual Conference

CTF was amazing as usual!  Kevin, Simge, and Paul presented posters that were well received and Dr. Hirbe was a panelist in the clinical case conference and Gabe a talk highlighting one of our awesome cell-free DNA biomarker collaborations with the NIH.  Everyone had fun connecting with collaborators in the evenings!

Another fun Hirbe lab dinner!

We enjoyed delicious food and had fun for this early summer in Xiao’s backyard on June 16!

Dr. Nishida’s Visit

The Hirbe lab was excited to host Dr Yoshihiro Nishida from Nagoya University.  Dr Nishida was able to spend some time learning how our NF Center is run and shared some of the research that he is passionate about.  We truly enjoyed his visit!

Birthday celebration!

Winter has been a little crazy, but we finally celebrated the January and February birthdays in the lab!

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!

2022 Hirbe Lab Christmas & New Year Dinner

We had a potluck at Xiao’s house on December 16, 2022, finally after the Pandemic, to celebrate the incoming Christmas and New Year! How wonderful to taste the marvelous meals from everyone!

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!

The 2nd Baby Shower For Himanshi

The Hirbe lab celebrated with a surprise baby shower for Himanshi on July 11th for the second time, after the one in 2020! Thank Dr. Hirbe and Dana for organizing this event, and thank everyone for the gifts!

2022 Hirbe Lab Summer BBQ

We were finally enjoying the delicious BBQ food and drinks and sharing fun stories in the blooming flowers at Xiao’s backyard on May 27th, which was originally scheduled for this January! (See the magic of PhotoShop!)

2022 Hirbe Lab Spring Lunch

We were enjoying the delicious food from Picklemans on Monday, March 28, as Min will end her rotation and Angie wanted to buy lunch for everyone as a farewell!

2021 Hirbe Lab Christmas & New Year Lunch

We had a great time on December 20, 2021, enjoying the delicious food from Sauce on the Side, to celebrate the incoming Christmas and New Year!

2021 Hirbe Lab Thanksgiving Party

We were celebrating the incoming Thanksgiving with the awesome Vietnamese cuisine from Little Saigon Cafe on November 22!

2021 Hirbe Lab Halloween Party

We were enjoying the delicious cuisines, BBQ food, marshmallow sandwiches, and a wonderful night gathering around the bonfire on October 22 for the upcoming Halloween!

2021 Hirbe Lab Lake BBQ

We had a fun time enjoying the outdoors and some tasty BBQ last weekend!

Biomarkers in Sarcoma

Check out a new article on biomarkers in sarcoma in the ASCO daily news!

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 […]

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! 

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!  

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 […]

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 🙂

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!

Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership Meeting

Dr. Hirbe traveled up north to Mayo Clinic in the cold of winter this week to meet with her sarcoma colleagues in the Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership to discuss new clinical trial ideas. What an amazing meeting of minds working to improve patient care for patients with sarcoma. Read more about their work here:

Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras! To celebrate the second largest celebration of Mardi Gras in the USA (behind New Orleans of course) the lab enjoyed king cake. The tradition of king cake is strong in St. Louis and our collaborator and friend Reyka found the baby hidden in the cake. Hope everyone had an indulgent day!

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 […]

New Students!

We are really excited to welcome a few new members of the lab! Angela Schab – Rotation Student James Moon – Masters in Biostatistics Olivia Cobb – Masters in Biostatistics Looking forward to having you guys on the team!

STARs Summer Students

For a second year, we have been lucky to have 2 STAR program summer high school students. Emily Ristevski (Liberty High School, Wentzville, MO) and Avi Saini (Texas) join us in the lab to do investigative research. So glad you spent your summers with us and wish you the best as you return to the […]