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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!


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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, 2022 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 faculty!

June 4, 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!

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Fantastic talk yesterday @UCDChem by Mohammad Seyedsayamdost of @PrincetonChem. Beautiful work on metalloenzyme synthesis of complex natural products!

The first research article from the Su Lab is now online! This work was led by a brilliant synthetic chemist in our lab, Tim Siu. It is a foundational step in our program to explore the synthesis and properties of silicon diamondoid nanoclusters. (1/n)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.202206877

So proud of our undergrad Vibha for a fantastic presentation at the @UCDChem Larock Symposium, a small sample of her excellent contributions to the lab. Grateful that you chose to be a part of our efforts in studying extracellular Cu! #proudofourundergrads #undergraduateresearch

@JiansongXu leaked the news haha, so I might as well tweet it: I'm excited to share that, effective July 1, I'll be an associate prof with #tenure! There are so many people to thank that I will run out of characters here...

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