DR Amy Heffernan

DR Amy Heffernan


  • Analytical Chemistry (Mass spectrometry; assay development)
  • Biochemistry (Protein chemistry; proteomics)
  • Environmental chemistry (Environmental monitoring; human biomonitoring; epidemiology; public health)



  • Dr Heffernan completed her honours program in applied chemistry at the University of Technology Sydney before pursuing a PhD in chemistry at The University of Queensland. She specialises in analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry method development for a range of applications including biological and environmental monitoring for human exposure studies, and environmental forensics, and has a special interest in high resolution mass spectrometry for unknown compound identification.

    Dr Heffernan is motivated to integrate advanced analytical technology into applied health research by building interdisciplinary networks across industry and academia. In 2015 she was awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowship to investigate iron proteins in neurodegenerative disease.   


Member of

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry. member, ANZSMS 2015 -
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Charted Member (MRACI CChem) 2015 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2014
  • BSc (Hons) App Chem, University of Technology Sydney 2010