Dr. Heiser earned her B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley (1998) and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh (2004). She completed postdoctoral studies in Cancer Systems Biology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2008). In 2012, she began working at OHSU, first as a research assistant professor, and then achieving subsequent promotions to assistant professor (2014), and associate professor (2018).
In 2018, Dr. Heiser joined Paul Spellman in directing the Quantitative Oncology Program at the Knight Cancer Institute. The program develops and applies advanced measurement capabilities and computational techniques to understanding the behavior of cancer cells and tissues as they evolve, respond to therapy, and interact with their microenvironments.
In 2019, Dr. Heiser was appointed Vice Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department.