News


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!

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!