Our Team

Marie Heffern

Principal Investigator

Ph.D. Northwestern University, Chemistry
B.S. University of Southern California, Chemistry

Learn more About Marie.

Email me: mcheffern@ucdavis.edu


Staff

Rebeca Fernandez

Postdoctoral Scholar, joined September 2021

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Chemistry
B.A. Occidental College, Chemistry and Spanish

Email me: rlfern@ucdavis.edu


Graduate Students

Amanda Caceres

Graduate Student, joined January 2021

B.S. University of California, Santa Barbara, Chemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: caceres@ucdavis.edu

Estely Carranza

Graduate Student, joined January 2021

B.S. Western Oregon University, Chemistry
M.S. San Francisco State University, Chemistry (Biochemistry)
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.
(Joint Advised-Prof. Dylan Murray)

Email me: ejcarranza@ucdavis.edu

Skyler Gillette

Graduate Student, joined January 2020

B.A. Boston University, Biology with specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: skgillette@ucdavis.edu

Nathaniel Harder

Graduate Student, joined January 2018

B.S. UC Davis, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: nhharder@ucdavis.edu

Samuel Janisse

Graduate Student, joined January 2018

B.S. George Fox University, Biochemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: sejanisse@ucdavis.edu

Vanessa Lee

Graduate Student, joined January 2018

B.S. College of William and Mary, Chemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.
(Joint Advised-Prof. Matt Augustine) 

Email me: vanlee@ucdavis.edu

Chantel Mao

Graduate Student, joined January 2020

B.S. UCLA, Chemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: cwmao@ucdavis.edu

Justin O’Sullivan

Graduate Student, joined January 2018

A.B. Skidmore College, Chemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D.

Email me: jjosullivan@ucdavis.edu

Jessica San Juan

Graduate Student, joined January 2019

B.S. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Biochemistry
M.S. OHSU, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D. 

Email me: jasanjuan@ucdavis.edu

Richard Tran

Graduate Student, joined January 2022

B.S. Cal State Long Beach, Material Science – Chemistry
Pursuing: Chemistry, Ph.D. 

Email me: rngtran@ucdavis.edu


Undergraduate Students

Valerie Flood

Undergraduate Student

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S.

Email me: djflood@ucdavis.edu

Vibha Sharma

Undergraduate Student

Major: Chemsitry, B.S.

Email me: vasharma@ucdavis.edu


Former Lab Members


Hannah Lee (Undergraduate Researcher), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Michael Stevenson (Postdoctoral Researcher), Currently working as an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco

Joey AbouAyash (Undergraduate Researcher), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Adam Hillaire (Undergraduate Researcher), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Ryan Neil (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2020), Currently working as a Sample Prep Chemist at Vista Analytical Laboratories

Wyane Pham (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Martin Arcibal (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2019)

Danielle Asiain (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Manesh Chand (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2019), Currently working as an Analyst at Eurofins TestAmerica

Tiffany Chen (Undergraduate Researcher), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2019), Currently working in the Lam Lab in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering

Ian C. Farran (Undergraduate Researcher), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. from UC Davis (2020)

Kellie Goodnight (Summer UC LEADS student from UC Merced), Neurobiology, B.S. from UC Merced (2020)

Kylie S. Uyeda (Undergraduate Researcher and Junior Research Specialist), Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.S. from UC Davis (2018), Currently pursuing a Chemistry, Ph.D. from UC Irvine