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, 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!

March 5, 2021 Jess presented a great 3rd year seminar to the department!

February 26, 2021 Congratulations to Jess for winning a Best Graduate Student Posters Award at this years R. Bryan Miller Symposium!

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!

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Editing manuscripts from home looks a little different these days... #profmom #assistantproflife #worklifebalance #mobywrap

Check out my nice chat with bioengineer Prof. Liana Lareau (@lianafaye) from @BerkeleyBioE. She shares her passion for all things RNA and explains how it felt to be working in a field with direct relevance to the COVID pandemic. @UCDavisBME @UCDavisBMEGG


Awesome story about Hannah's (@h_otoole) new research fellowship in our lab, collaborating with @marieheffern and @mlclr_origami!

Welcome to the newest member of the Heffern lab! Emilia Christine Cuevas Heffern officially joined the crew on 9/19/2021. We are overjoyed! Though, she's already pulling all-nighters even when I tell her she can relax a little. #profmom #chemistrybaby #labmama #assistantproflife

A hearty congratulations to @ChemEstely for her selection as a trainee for the @NIH T32 Chemical Biology Program! It's been a pleasure thus far to co-advise you with @Bioquarkman. I look forward to how CBP will continue to develop you as a researcher and leader in STEM! @UCDChem

Estely Carranza@ChemEstely

Incredibly honored to share that I have been selected to receive an NIH T32 Training Grant from the @ucdavis Chemical Biology Program! Thank you to my wonderful advisors @Bioquarkman & @marieheffern and to my amazingly supportive lab mates for all of their help! @UCDChem @HSFNews

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