Heather Christofk, PhD

Heather Christofk, PhD 

Associate Professor


Dr. Heather Christofk investigates the interconnection of signaling pathways and metabolism in stem cells and cancer cells. Her lab is interested in understanding how metabolic changes are regulated during stem cell differentiation, virus infection, and malignant transformation. By studying the regulation and role of metabolic changes in normal and diseased states, they hope to identify novel strategies for cellular reprogramming and cancer therapeutics.

In addition to being affiliated with the Broad Stem Cell Research Center, Dr. Christofk is a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Molecular Medicine.

An associate professor of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Christofk did her undergraduate studies at UCLA, her PhD work at Harvard Medical School, and her postdoctoral training at UCSF. She joined the UCLA faculty in 2008.

Dr. Christofk has received the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award and was named a Searle Scholar in 2010. Her work is funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.