Dr. Heda first started working with undergraduates in his lab in 2009. In the 15 years since then, he has had more than 20 Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Nursing undergraduate majors so projects under his supervision.

Dr. Heda’s lab conducts research on the molecular aspects of the genetic disease cystic fibrosis.  He established his laboratory with support from Mississippi-INBRE, NASA, and MUW.

Working in the Heda lab, 2024

Many of the students who got their first experiences with independent molecular biology research under Dr. Heda continued onto graduate studies or medical schools. All had their undergraduate education enhanced and improved by the opportunity to do state-of-the-art research beyond the classroom and teaching labs.

This poster depicts randomly chosen images of students and staff of the Heda Lab conducting research, media coverage, presenting their work and winning awards at the regional and national conferences.

Watch this clip of Dr. Heda talking about his research to a crew from the location WCBI news team.

Dr. Heda interviewed on WCBI.