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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!


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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!

June 4, 2021 Congratulations to Nate for receiving the Raymond M. Keefer fellowship and to Jess for being recognized with an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award during our annual departmental awards ceremony!

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I'm thrilled to share with everyone the latest #research from Zhihua Cheng in my group @ChemistryRice published in @NatureComms showing the assembly of planar chiral superlattices from tetrahedron-shaped #nano particles: https://rdcu.be/cR8wk.

Sure is fun to build a pulse EPR spectrometer...

Dr. @AnnalieseFranz was appointed as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Planning in @UCDLandS. She is recognized for substantial contributions to teaching, research, and mentorship and we look forward to her continued accomplishments as part of this role.

General advice I wished I had as a 1st year student on getting the most out of the PhD program. 🧵
1. Your first project will likely not make it to your final thesis, but you'll still learn a ton from failures/mistakes and figure out what you really want to work on

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