Dr. Van Keuren-Jensen is an Associate Professor in the Neurogenomics Division at TGen. She uses exRNAs to gain insights into molecular changes associated with injury and disease. Detection of markers for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and injuries is complicated by the inaccessibility of the tissue -- the inability to regularly test tissue from the CNS directly. RNAs from hard-to-access tissues have the potential to get to the periphery where they can be detected noninvasively. Extracellular RNAs (exRNA) in peripheral circulation can provide information about cellular changes associated with human health and disease.
Dr. Van Keuren-Jensen did her PhD thesis at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where she studied the role of activity-regulated genes in synaptic transmission and neuronal morphology with Dr. Hollis Cline. She also has a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas. She received her BA degree from Boston University.