Arin McKinley is a Senior Research Assistant in Dr. Heinrich's laboratory and has been with the lab since May 2002. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa. Arin does cell culture, transfections, and protein expression experiments for the Heinirich Lab. Arin enjoys running, quilting, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Tracy Walker has been an oncology research nurse for over 10 years, with a focus on GIST and renal cancer clinical trials. She graduated from Willamette University in Biology and the University of San Francisco in nursing. In her free time, she likes to run, bike and swim and spend time with her twins.
Ajia Town is a Senior Research Assistant in Dr. Heinrich's laboratory and has been with the lab since August 2001. She received a BS in Genetic Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1999. Ajia is responsible for sequencing, tissue culture, site-directed mutagenesis, DNA cloning, protein expression studies testing drug sensitivity, and maintaining the lab's website. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her daughter.
Ashley Young is Dr. Heinrich's Admin Assistant and also gives general support to the Heinrich Lab. She received a BS in Human Development and Family Science with an option in Human Service from Oregon State University in 2005. When Ashley is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Amber is currently pursuing her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Michael Heinrich at Oregon Health & Science University. She studies a subset of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors that specifically affects the pediatric population. As a scientist, her goal is to have her lab research be directly translated into clinic. In 2015, she was awarded an OCTRI scholarship aimed at educating graduate students in clinical and translation research. Amber recently completed University of Portland’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program which focuses on commercialization potential and feasibility of bioscience technologies. After graduation, Amber plans to be involved in business development to facilitate the process of turning bench-side experiments into tangible and meaningful results in the clinic.
Janice Patterson is a Senior Research Assistant in the Heinrich Lab. She has a BS in Biochemistry from Portland State University and a Masters in Bioinformatics from OHSU. She has been with the lab since May 2006.
Dr. Carol Beadling is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology and Oncology.
Diana Griffith has been a proteomics Senior Research Assistant in Dr. Heinrich's lab since 1999. After mutations in C-KIT, PDGFRa, or K-RAS are found, Diana's responsibility is to express these mutant kinases in eukaryotic systems and use experimental kinase inhibitor drugs to see if kinase activity can be lessened in a dose that is therapeutically achievable. She also performs proliferation assays using the same group of inhibitor compounds on cells in culture that have naturally occurring tyrosine kinase mutations. Furthermore, she lyses and processes human tumor in order to visualize through Immunoprecipitation and Western Blot analysis the presence of constitutively active tyrosine kinases. Diana is from Southern California and has a BS in Cell and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Barbara.
Lilli Klug is a PhD candidate in the Cancer Biology Program at OHSU. She has been a part if the Heinrich lab since spring of 2012. She graduated with a B.S in Biology at Colorado State University in 2008. Lilli is investigating novel KIT regulatory proteins in GIST using human cell lines that model KIT-mutant tumors seen in patients.
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