Nicholas Heaton, PhD – Biography

Associate Professor

research • biography • lab members • publications


Dr. Heaton received BS degrees in Bacteriology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.  He then did his graduate studies in the laboratory of Dr. Glenn Randall at the University of Chicago working on the roles of lipid metabolism during positive stranded RNA virus replication.  He received his PhD in 2012.

For postdoctoral studies, Dr. Heaton joined the laboratory of Dr. Peter Palese to study the molecular biology of influenza viruses in 2012.  Dr. Heaton joined the faculty of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology department at Duke University Medical Center in 2015. His laboratory is currently focused on developing reporter viruses for use in conjunction with transgenic animals to understand the impact of infected cell fates on lung disease and immunity.