Welcome to the Heffern Lab!

The Heffern lab is a young, multidisciplinary team of researchers, seeking to solve problems at the interface of bioinorganic chemistry and hormone biology.  Stay tuned to our fun adventures in the lab’s early years!

Latest News

August 22, 2022 We are excited to have Vanessa’s work on structure-activity assessment of flavonoids as copper ionophores published in Frontiers in Chemistry in the special Women in Chemical Biology Research topic! Check it out here!

August 5, 2022 Congratulations to Samuel and the IMAC team on their publication in Metallomics! Read it here!

June 10, 2022 Congratulations to JJ and Vibha for receiving awards at this years departmental awards ceremony! JJ was awarded the Raymond M. Keefer fellowship, and Vibha received departmental highest honors for her thesis!

May 22, 2022 Amanda is officially a PhD candidate–congrats, Amanda!

May 21, 2022 Congratulations to Vibha for winning Best Presentation in Chemical Biology at the Larock Conference! Fantastic talk!

May 18, 2022 Estely passed her qualifying exam today! Congratulations, Estely!

May 12, 2022 Congrats to JJ on his publication in Org. Biomol. Chem. Take a look!

April 11, 2022 Big congratulations to Nate, Hannah, Val, Jess, and Skyler for their publication in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences! Check it out here!

April 5, 2022 Congratulations to our previous postdoc, Michael, along with his student, Sohee, and Jess on their publication in JoVE! Read about probing Cu(II) and peptide interactions here!

March 23, 2022 Huge congratulations to JJ for his publication in Chem. Sci. Read it here!

March 22, 2022 Congratulations to Sam for his collaborative publication with the Velazquez lab! Check it out here!

January 1, 2022 Welcome to our newest lab member, Richard!

December 10, 2022 Chantel is now a PhD candidate after passing her qualifying exam! Congrats, Chantel!

September 3, 2021 Huge congratulations to Estely for being selected as a trainee for the NIH T32 Chemical Biology Program!

September 2, 2021 We are excited to have a new postdoctoral scholar, Rebeca Fernandez, join our lab! Welcome, Rebeca!

July 14, 2021 We are proud to announce that Marie has received an NSF CAREER award!

June 7, 2021 Huge congratulations to Marie for being awarded the Paul Saltman Young Investigators Award by the Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference which recognizes outstanding junior faculty!

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Extremely proud of JJ: first Ph.D. exit seminar of the Heffern Lab. It is hard to say goodbye to the 1st generation of students, but it also reinforces the awesome job I have to raise scientists who will do more than I can alone. Congrats @JustinOSulliv17!! #asstproflife


Hot off the press! ICBIC20 will be on next year in Adelaide http://www.icbic2023.org - mark your diaries July 16-21, 2023. Looking forward to see everyone there @hughharris5

Happy to share the discovery of labile Cu(II) in cells using a sensor with metal and oxidation state selectivity led by Aidan/Carson with ⁦@bradylabupenn⁩ ⁦@TimothyASu⁩ ⁩⁦@UCB_Chemistry⁩ ⁦@berkeleyMCB⁩ ⁦@PNASNews⁩ 1/n https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2202736119

Impactful words by @CarolynBertozzi today on how diversity in her trainees enabled creativity, not playing by the rules, and ultimately the work that built the field of bioorthogonal chemistry. Diverse science leads to better science!

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