Our Group


We are affiliated with the following graduate and fellowship programs: Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurosciences, Bioengineering, and Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine. If you are interested in rotating with us, please email or stop by the lab/office any time!


backpacking trips to the Utah desert


years since we began in Boston in 2000


countries represented in the last 16 years in the lab


of group members came back from lab desert hiking trips

Heller Lab, June 2019


Current Lab Members

Stefan Heller, PhD


Amanda Janesick, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Giovanni Diaz

Graduate Student

John (Johnny) Butchko

Undergraduate Student, AG Bell STEMM-HEAR Summer Researcher

Maggie Matern, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Marie Kubota, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Mirko Scheibinger, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Nesrine Benkafadar, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Sabine Mann

Laboratory Manager


Fun Facts


sunny days annually, on average in Palo Alto


success rate of our group for student and fellowship grant applications
(26 of 33, since we started counting)


research presentations done per lab member on average every year


important open questions in inner ear biology