Elwood V. Jensen

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1920 – 2012


Who was Elwood V. Jensen?

Elwood Vernon Jensen was the Distinguished University Professor, George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. In 2004 he received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his research on estrogen receptors. He is considered the father of the field of hormone action.

Jensen was born in Fargo, North Dakota, in the United States, received his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University in 1940 and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1944. From 1947 Jensen studied steroid hormones at Chicago, where he isolated estrogen receptors and discovered their importance in breast cancer.

Jensen worked closely with Nobel laureate Charles Huggins; he joined the research team at the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer in 1951 and became director after Huggins retired. Jensen first described the estrogen receptor in 1958 and subsequently discovered the superfamily of nuclear hormone receptors along with a unifying mechanism that regulates embryonic development and diverse metabolic pathways.

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Jan 13, 1920
Also known as
  • Elwood Jensen
  • United States of America
  • PhD, University of Chicago
    Organic chemistry
    ( - 1947)
  • Wittenberg University
    ( - 1940)
Lived in
  • Springfield
Dec 16, 2012

on July 23, 2013


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