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

January 1, 2021 We are excited to welcome our new graduate students, Amanda and Estely! Estely is joint advised by Professor Dylan Murray. Welcome!

December 18, 2020 Congratulations to undergrad, Hannah Lee, on graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology!

November 8, 2020 We are proud to earn the Lab Safety Award for the College of Letters and Science! Take a look at our highlight here.

August 25, 2020 Congratulations to Nate for his first author publication in Nutrients! Read it here.

August 11, 2020 Diversity and inclusion are important topics of discussion in our lab. Check out some of Marie’s contributions in this editorial.

August 10, 2020 Check out JJ and Nate’s “News and Views” in Nature Biomedical Engineering here.

July 31, 2020 The lab turns 3 years old today!

July 17, 2020 Today was officially the last day for our postdoc, Michael. We appreciate all he has done for the lab and will miss him greatly, but we are excited to see the incredible things he does at The University of San Francisco. Check out the Stevenson lab here!

July 1, 2020 Huge congratulations to Marie for a Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award from UC Davis Graduate Studies! The lab greatly appreciates all that Marie does for the lab, department, and school communities.

June 22, 2020 Congratulations to Skyler for earning the Robert K. Brinton Graduate Award in Chemistry!

June 11, 2020 Congratulations to our graduating seniors, Ian, Ryan, Wayne, Adam, and Joey!

June 8, 2020 Check out our research article in Inorganic Chemistry! Congratulations to Michael, Sam, Wayne, and Ryan for identifying the C-peptide copper binding site and studying the complex’s activity. Check it out here!

May 30, 2020 Congratulations to Joey AbouAyash, an undergrad in the lab, for receiving the College of Biological Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award which acknowledges students for their academic excellence and research contributions!

May 15, 2020 Congratulations to Nate for presenting a great 3rd year seminar!

April 17, 2020 Sam presented a fantastic 3rd year seminar!

April 3, 2020 JJ and Vanessa presented the lab’s first departmental 3rd year seminars! Great job to both!

March 19, 2020 Congratulations to Jess for passing the lab’s first Zoom QE!

March 13, 2020 Huge congratulations to JJ for winning the ACS Central Science Best Poster Award at this year’s R. Bryan Miller Symposium!

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Excited all over again by seeing the list of colleagues @ucdavis awarded the NSF CAREER thus far. Humbled and grateful🚀@NSF @UCDChem @UCDLandS

Special thanks to my colleague @sheiladavidUCD for organizing and hosting a record-breaking 2021 @SymposiumMiller in the @UCDChem department! Looking forward to being in person again @ucdavis in February 2022!

New from the lab! We identify hydrogen peroxide as a transcellular signal with an activity-based sensing/labeling strategy to map its transfer from microglia to neurons ⁦@PNASNews⁩ ⁦@UCB_Chemistry⁩ ⁦@berkeleyMCB⁩ ⁦@Cowboy_Chemist⁩ https://www.pnas.org/content/118/9/e2018513118

The R. Bryan Miller Symposium has concluded. Thank you to all the speakers and organizers for making this another successful year! We congratulate all of the award winners. We're looking forward to 2022's Symposium with Frances Arnold (
) as our Plenary Speaker🧬🧪

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