Congrats, Homma!

We are proud to announce that our very own Homma Khosroyani, a PhD candidate in the Cancer Biology program at OHSU, was recently awarded a prestigious Best Poster prize at the 2023 Annual CTOS (Connective Tissue Oncology Society) Meeting in Dublin, Ireland! Her poster was entitled “Predicting Imatinib responses using in vitro models of PDGFrA-mutant GIST.”

2022 GIST Cancer Fundraising Walks

The GIST Cancer Research Fund is a GIST patient-run non-profit organization that has generously supported the GIST cancer research performed in the Heinrich Lab for over two decades, in addition to supporting several other GIST research programs around the country. Without their support, the immense progress that has been made in improving GIST patient care would not have been possible. Every year, Dr. Heinrich attends fundraising walks to support the GCRF and their efforts to find a cure. We’re so honored to take part in these events and to continue working for a better future for GIST patients.

2019 Vancouver GIST Day of Learning

On Saturday, April 27th, Dr. Heinrich participated in the Vancouver GIST Day of Learning, sponsored by the GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada.  He spoke about the “Development of the Next Generation of GIST Treatments” to GIST patients, family, caregivers and healthcare professionals. These events provide an essential educational and support resource for people who have GIST. 

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.”



2011 GCRF Walk For A Cure

This is a bit overdue, but we wanted to recognize the awesome fundraising efforts of the GIST Cancer Research Fund, as Diana Griffith represented our lab for their annual Walk For A Cure in San Jose last fall.  Without the generous support of GCRF donations from multiple fundraising Walks and other outstanding efforts, we would not be able to continue to research this horrible disease.  Many thanks to Diana, who did an amazing job documenting the walk, supporting the cause, and speaking on behalf of the lab at this event.