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Kari Jensen



M.S., Boston University, Biomedical Engineering
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Physics




Ricker Hall

Professor Jensen brings over a decade of experience in the greater Boston life science industry, including laboratory and workforce development roles, to her classroom. Her laboratory experience includes work at academic research labs, a small biotechnology company, and a major pharmaceutical firm.

“My diverse background in industry and academic positions has provided me with an understanding of how different organizations function, and it prepared me for the most important role of all, training the next generation of students to make scientific breakthroughs that may improve the quality of life for many people. ”

The life science industry, she stresses, has many facets, and there is a need for intelligent, dedicated people to fill a variety of roles, from entry-level laboratory positions to leadership roles in large organizations. “By thinking broadly about your own skills, ” she tells her students, “it is likely a good fit can be found in academic or industrial positions. ”

Professor Jensen teaches current developments in science, and correlates such developments with techniques that can be explained in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory. She enjoys using real-world examples and case studies that analyze everyday problems to challenge her students to consider solutions using scientific principles.

Among her career highlights is work as a Whitaker Foundation Graduate Teaching fellow at Boston University, as a staff biologist for the Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics at Merck Research Laboratories in Boston and as a Workforce Development Instructor at Bunker Hill Community College.

Professor Jensen is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Association for Women in Science, Massachusetts

She has taught Biology of Cells, Microbiology Fundamentals, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, the Senior Research Project and General Chemistry.