Marie Heffern was physically born in Quezon City, Philippines and grew up in Hawaii, California, and Nevada. She was scientifically born in Inorganic Chemistry and has spent some time abroad in Chemical, Cancer, Neuro-, and Nutritional Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California where she was a Women in Science and Engineering research fellow, designing synthetic routes for perovskite nanocrystals under the guidance of Professor Richard Brutchey. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University. She worked with Professor Thomas J. Meade as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellow to investigate metal complexes as inhibitors of proteins involved in disease progression. She began as a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Professor Christopher Chang on in vivo imaging probes for redox-active metals.
Her general research interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches within the field of bioinorganic chemistry with a particular emphasis in metals in medicine. She will begin her independent career in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis in August 2017, where she will investigate the role and influence of metals within the endocrine system.