Recap of the Heinrich Lab’s 2020 GCRF Virtual Fundraiser Walk

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the Heinrich Lab’s 2020 GCRF Virtual Fundraiser Walk in Portland, Oregon. Although we could not reunite in person to walk with many patients, families, and friends, a few of us were able to gather to show our support for GIST research.  We especially want to express our deep appreciation to the GCRF community for their generous donation of $75,000 this year. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease. Check out the photos and videos of our walk with Dr. Michael Heinrich!

Welcome to the Heinrich Lab, Homma!

We have a new graduate student in the Heinrich Lab, so please join us in welcoming Homma!  Homma Khosroyani graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology and a minor in microbiology.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in the OHSU Cancer Biology graduate program.  Homma’s project in the lab will focus on using CRISPR/Cas9 screens to characterize cancer cell quiescence in GIST.

Welcome to the Heinrich Lab, Jason!

We have a new graduate student in the Heinrich Lab, so please join us in welcoming Jason Kent!  Jason is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at OHSU. He has been a part of the Heinrich Lab since the spring of 2017. He graduated with a B.S in Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo in 2014. Jason is using a functional yeast model to study SDH deficiency in GIST. 

Congratulations, Lilli and Amber!

We are so proud to congratulate our graduate students, Dr. Lillian Klug and Dr. Amber Bannon, on their successful completion of PhD programs at OHSU!  Dr. Klug presented her dissertation, “LMTK3 is necessary for oncogenic signaling and survival in KIT-mutant GIST and melanoma,” on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Cancer Biology Program.  Dr. Bannon presented her dissertation, “Translating Genetic Data into Actionable Clinical Guidelines: SDHA Variants of Unknown Significance in GIST,” on Friday, September 29th, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.  We have watched these ladies grow so much over the years and their contributions to GIST research and future therapies are invaluable!

Lilli Klug receives AACR 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award


We are proud to announce that our graduate student, Lilli Klug, will receive an American Association for Cancer Research 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award at this year’s conference in New Orleans.  Congratulations, Lilli!

Abstract 191: LMTK3 is a novel regulator of oncogenic KIT in KIT-mutant cancers
Poster Session: Kinases and Phosphatases – #16
Sunday, April 17, 1 – 5 p.m.



Lillian Rose Klug, BS

Graduate Student
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

The ultimate goal of my research is to identify novel targets that may lead to improved therapies for patients with imatinib-resistant KIT-mutant cancers. I find this translational potential of cancer biology research incredibly rewarding and intend to pursue this goal throughout my career.”



2015 GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon

On April 21st, 2015, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the GIST Cancer Research Fund hosted the Annual GIST Educational Conference, which provided an opportunity for Dr. Chris Corless, Dr. Michael Heinrich, Ms. Caroline Macuiba, and Dr. Brian Druker to speak to patients and their families about some of the advancements made in GIST cancer research during the last year.  In addition to gaining insight and information about this horrible disease, this event is a chance to reconnect with familiar faces and share in our hope for a cure.  The GCRF also presented us with a generous donation of $100,000 for continuing research.  We could not be more thankful for their amazing fundraising efforts.  Our motivation to find a cure is more enthusiastic than ever before.

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Meet Jay!


The Heinrich Lab is happy to welcome Jay Hoffarth, our returning summer research assistant!  Jay graduated from PSU with a BS in Biology in June 2014 and plans to take a year off before pursuing a graduate degree in Biology.  He is not only adept at folding proteins, as you can see in this photo, he is also incredibly efficient at making buffers in a hurry, doing Western Blots, generating DNA out of thin air (well, the e. Coli help a little), and generally maintaining a baseline of sanity in the lab.  Thank you, Jay!  Please never leave.