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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 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!

December 20, 2019 Our trusted postdoc, Michael Stevenson, has just accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of San Francisco!! You will be missed, but we are also very excited for you and your future group!

December 15, 2019 The Heffern lab welcomes two new first years into the lab! Welcome Skyler and Chantel!

October 24, 2019 Congratulations to our newest PhD candidate, JJ, for passing his QE!

August 15, 2019 The lab has been awarded a NIH MIRA R35 grant! The grant will provide funds for the lab for 5 years!! Thank you to the NIH NIGMS for this honor!

May 17, 2019 The Heffern lab has been highlighted in two articles by UC Davis media! Check out this highlight on the Hartwell Foundation Award and this article describing our recently accepted work in ChemBioChem!

May 9, 2019 The lab’s first research article has been accepted in the journal ChemBioChem! The accepted version is available here! Congratulations to Michael, Ian, Kylie, and Jessica for this team effort on analyzing the impact of metals on the proinsulin hormone C-peptide!

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Stay Updated!

Thank you ⁦@cenmag⁩ for including us in your latest issue! We are feeling the love🥰 https://cen.acs.org/education/Chemistry-style-fun-games/98/i30

We celebrate 3 yrs of the Heffern lab! Pictures on the left are day 1 and year 2, and on the right is now. It has been the toughest year on the job, but I am still grateful every day for it. #assistantproflife #stayingpositive #missmylab #shelterinplace #stillateam

Our virtual ChemEnergy REU program officially started today. Even through Zoom, one can feel the excitement to learn more about research! @UCDChem @UCDavisResearch @NSF

Our most recent work is now published in @ACS_AMI! Very proud of our leaders @JessicaOrtizRo4 and Nicholas R. Singstock from the @Chasmusg group at @CUBoulder. We greatly appreciate support from Dr. Aaron Holder, @SLAClab, @RCSA1, @UCDChem and @NSFGRFP.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsami.0c07207

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