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

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 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!

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