Nate Heintzman
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Science Interests
wireless communications, data storage and transmission, the "next generation" of personal health monitoring systems, integrative research, (epi)genomics, cancer, diabetes
What is your major field of interest? (choose all that apply)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Computer Sciences, Engineering
About Me:
As Associate Director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) and the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) at UCSD, I work at the interface of faculty/student research and industry investment/commercialization of new technologies. Many of the innovations in the average person's cell phone or computer hard drive come from such collaborations between university expertise and commercial-practical applications. My position is supported by the UC Discovery Grant Fellowship program.

Previously, I conducted epigenomic research in cancer systems with Dr. Bing Ren at the San Diego Branch of the Ludwig Inst for Cancer Research, in the Laboratory of Gene Regulation. Much of my work was part of the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements) project, a functional-genomic extension of the Human Genome Project completed in 2001. As a grad student, I discovered a "chromatin signature" that could be used to identify elusive genomic transcriptional regulatory elements called enhancers, and as a postdoc I worked to extend this strategy to the entire human genome in primary human leukemia cells and a myocardial model.

I also work extensively with a non-profit organization called Insulindependence ( ) – we run fitness programs and adventure travel for people with diabetes. In the past, we have taken diabetics of all ages canoeing in Utah, hiking in Peru, and more, and we're planning trips to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and China. Currently, we're also managing the Triabetes project, supporting teams of aspiring diabetic triathletes as they train for Ironman. The Triabetes team is being followed by a documentary crew and an elite medical/research staff, in hopes that the data we collect will shed some light on the effects of extreme training on diabetes management. More info on this can be found at

Additionally, I work with ScholarNexus, a consulting network of PhD scientists dedicated to translating lab discoveries into practical innovations for the community.

Some details:

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, UCSD
Post-doctoral fellow, Lab of Gene Regulation, LICR San Diego
(see MySDscience group UCSD Ren Lab)

Vice President of Operations,
Founder, ScholarNexus

UC Discovery Fellow
Associate Director, UCSD Center for Wireless Communications
Associate Director, UCSD Center for Magnetic Recording Research

Occasional musician, artist, and half-marathon runner
B.A. Biochem and Mol Bio, Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)

Happy to talk about any of the above, from research to advocacy to anything scientific!

What is the name of your organization, school, or company?
UCSD CWC, UCSD CMRR, LICR, Insulindependence, ScholarNexus
What best describes your current position? (choose all that apply)
Upper Management (CEO or CSO etc), Consultant
At MySDscience you want to:
Make new connections, learn about science, share my science, learn about what other San Diegan's say about science, spread the word about the Science Festival, Read and Post science blogs, events, and pictures
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Nate Heintzman's Article

Phoenix Mars Lander finally kicks the bucket

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 8:23am 0 Comments

After surviving far longer than expected, the Phoenix Mars Lander ground to a halt a few days ago, probably for good.

The Phoenix landed on Mars in May to analyze the soil of the planet's northern arctic plans, and outlived the timeline for its mission...twice! $428 million well spent. If only the financial industry used its funds so effectively.…


Science is hard

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

This is one of my favorite science satire pieces of all time, courtesy of an old issue of the Onion

National Science Foundation: Science Hard

June 5, 2002 | Issue 38•21

INDIANAPOLIS—The National Science Foundation's annual symposium concluded Monday, with the 1,500 scientists in attendance reaching the consensus that science is hard.

"For centuries, we have embraced the pursuit of scientific… Continue

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At 11:22am on December 6, 2008, Adriana Vela said…
Hi Nate,
It was great meeting you yesterday before heading to the airport. I think there are defintely many ways we can collaborate given the synergy across the board.
At 3:08am on November 25, 2008, HMC Science Bus said…
Thanks for the suggestion! I (Neal) have already set up a page for myself, and am considering how we can use this site to network with other like-minded organizations to put together curriculum packages, etc., for teachers to use in their classroom.
At 3:44pm on November 23, 2008, Bradley J. Fikes said…
Hello Nate, glad you liked the article. This site is impressive -- a good way for me to keep track of what's happening in San Diego science.
At 11:46am on October 25, 2008, Paula Morris said…
Hi Nate: I am thrilled you like my artwork. Where do I best post it? In a "photo album" in my profile?
At 11:06am on October 9, 2008, Sujata said… usual. nothing less for the tsien lab.
At 1:53pm on September 24, 2008, Daphne Hill said…
Hi Nate,

I actually did know about BioEASI. I am judging some art submissions for them right now.

Take care,
At 8:43am on September 9, 2008, PETER said…
Hi Heintzman, your profile is very impressive...communication is one major elements in socio_economic growth in the world you have any latest developments cheap cell phones cheapily charged by solar systems and can retain power for a number of days suitable for remote African rural villages where electricity is a dream of the future. Best time. Ongele.
At 11:30pm on September 6, 2008, PETER said…
Thank you for welcoming as a friend. I come from Western Kenya along Lake Victoria. Wish you the best in your undertakings. Be free ask any question you may have/ or want to know about Kenya or on the my work on tropical insects entomology and ecology.
Best time, Peter Ongele.
At 7:43pm on August 19, 2008, Karla Lozano said…
Hi Nate,

It was great meeting you this afternoon! You are super witty and smart. Anyway, I have just emailed Will and asked him for your email address, it did not occur to me that I could just add you as a friend here. :) I wanted to encourage you to contact Justin (Salk Tech) as he seemed keenly interested in the event. It is definitely worth a shot. Take care. It was super FUN meeting you today. :)
At 9:39pm on August 18, 2008, Jessica Talamas said…
I can't figure out how to make friends with people who are already members. I'll spend more time when I'm not preparing for lab meeting :)


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