News

January 1, 2024 Welcome to Manish Bhatta and Nora Spuler, the newest members of the Heffern lab!

December 5, 2023 Richard successfully presented his M.S. exit seminar! Congratulations!!

September 25, 2023 Big welcome to Dr. Jennifer Park, who is the newest postdoctoral scholar to join the lab!

July 10, 2023 Interested in learning more about characterizing metal-biomolecule interactions by mass spectrometry? Check out our latest review led by published in Trends in Biochemical Sciences here! (See PDF here)

May 30, 2023 Congratulations to Amanda for being selected as an ARCS Scholar for the Northern California Chapter!

May 23, 2023 Congratulations to Estely for an excellent 3rd-year seminar! Not only that, but Estely was selected among the Merck Research Awardees for Underrepresented Chemists of Color! Stay tuned for her talk at the Award Symposium at the Fall 2023 ACS National Meeting!

May 19, 2023 We are happy to share our review highlighting bioinorganic intersections between plant-based diets and metabolic diseases. Check it out here!

May 1, 2023 Congratulations to our undergraduate, Christian, who was just awarded the prestigious MARC Fellowship!

April 28, 2023 Bravo, Amanda, on a beautiful third-year seminar! An added congratulations for winning the ACS Chemical Neuroscience Poster Award at the Miller Symposium!

April 18, 2023 Sam wowed us with his exit seminar! We will miss you but are excited for your new position as a postdoc in the Kelleher lab at Northwestern University!

April 4, 2023 The Heffern lab welcomes its newest lab member, Aizelle Argete!

February 10, 2023 Vanessa gave an amazing exit seminar! Congratulations on starting your new position at Agenus!

February 5, 2023 Marie was awarded the ACS Jonathan Sessler Award for Emerging Leaders in Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry! Stay tuned for the celebratory symposium at the Fall 2023 American Chemical Society Meeting!

February 3, 2023 Big congratulations to Nate for giving a great exit seminar and starting his new position at One Skin!

January 19, 2023 Marie was awarded the Paul Saltman Young Investigator Award at the Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference!

January 4, 2023 Congratulations to JJ, Kylie, and Michael for their publication about metal modulation of oxytocin structure and signaling! Check it out in RSC Chem Bio here!

January 1, 2023 We are excited to welcome the newest Heffern Lab members, Samantha Ono and Jacob Padilla!

December 8, 2022 Jess gave a fantastic exit seminar! Dr. Jess San Juan will do great things in her new role with Carmot Therapeutics!

December 5, 2022 Check out JJ and Vanessa’s publication investigating copper-dependent inhibition of coelenterazine-based bioluminescence! Take a look here!

December 1, 2022 JJ gave the lab’s first exit seminar! Congratulations to Dr. JJ O’Sullivan–we are excited for you to join Carmot Therapeutics!

October 1, 2022 Congratulations to the Heffern’s lab first Master’s student, Chantel! We wish her well in her new position at Gilead!

August 22, 2022 We are excited to have Vanessa’s work on structure-activity assessment of flavonoids as copper ionophores published in Frontiers in Chemistry in the special Women in Chemical Biology Research topic! Check it out here!

August 05, 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, 2021 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 investigators!

June 3, 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!

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!

May 6, 2019 Congratulations to Vanessa, our joint student, for passing her QE!

April 1, 2019 Marie was selected to be  1 of 12 new Hartwell Investigators and the lab has received the Hartwell Foundation’s Individual Biomedical Research Award! We thank the Hartwell Foundation for this amazing honor!

March 20, 2019 We have another PhD candidate in the lab! Congratulations to Sam for passing his QE!

March 15, 2019 Nate is the first graduate student in the lab to pass his QE! Congrats, Nate!

October 1, 2018 Want to know why we care so much about metal/hormone interactions? Check out our latest review article in Metallomics, written by Michael, Kylie, and Nate, where we have introduced the term “metalloendocrinology” literature!

August 17, 2018 Our UCD LEADS summer student, Kellie (from UC Merced) presented a poster and a talk at the end-of-summer symposium. Great job on your presentations and thank you for joining us this summer!

July 31, 2018 The Heffern lab officially turned 1 year old today! Thank you to all who have made this a year of fun, learning, and excitement!

June 25, 2018 Marie was featured in the first Early Career Spotlight in the Nature family journal, Communications Biology. Take a look at her interview here.

May 19, 2018 Congratulations to Kylie on a job well done with her oral presentation at the LaRock Symposium!

April 27, 2018 Ian, Kylie, and Tiffany did excellent jobs presenting their posters at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference!

January 24, 2018 Take a look at Michael and Marie’s Viewpoint in Biochemistry on “Sounding Out Dysfunctional Oxygen Metabolism“!

December 15, 2017 The Heffern lab celebrates the holidays and the end of the quarter as our first grad students join the lab! Excited to welcome Justin, Nate, Sam, and Vanessa to our team!

December 13, 2017 Check out Marie’s First Reactions commentary in ACS Central Science on “Diversifying the Glowing Bioluminescent Toolbox” and her postdoctoral work with Christopher Chang on an in vivo luciferin-based probe for iron in infection, recently published in PNAS.

November 28, 2017 Marie was inducted inducted as one of three new CAMPOS faculty scholars. Thank you to UC Davis ADVANCE for this honor!

September 27, 2017 Marie served as a panelist in C&EN’s special webinar to predict the Chemistry Nobel Prize. Missed the fun? Check out the recording here.

September 12, 2017 The Heffern group is growing as we welcome our first postdoc, Michael Stevenson!

August 24, 2017 The Heffern lab is officially a group! Welcome to the first two members, undergrads Ian Farran and Kylie Uyeda!

August 21, 2017 Marie was selected as one of C&EN’s Talented 12! We thank the C&EN staff and the selection committee for this honor!