Kim Bak Jensen
Kim Jensen received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Aarhus in 2003. Here Kim had developed an improved method for the analysis of the cell surface composition based on recombinant antibody technology. In 2003 he joined Professor Fiona Watt’s group at the London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK, as a post-doctoral fellow. Based on cutting edge technologies and analysis of mouse models he went on to identified Lrig1, a negative regulator of receptor tyrosine kinases, as a novel marker of both human and mouse epidermal stem cells. In 2010 Kim received a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship to establish his own group at the University of Cambridge. Here Kim’s group has focused on the role of adult stem cells in tissue homeostasis. Kim was in 2012 awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship, and his group is now continuing their research on adult stem cells at BRIC.
Primary fields of research
- Stem cells and their role in tissue homeostasis
- Tissue development and stem cell specification
- The role of adult stem cells in disease
- Stem cells and cancer