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Jensen Group - Neurodegenerative Disease Laboratory

Our group is interested in understanding how alpha-synuclein contributes to the neurodegenerative processes in Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia and multiple systems atrophy, which are hallmarked by the development of intracellular aggregates of alpha-synuclein. This is investigated in studies of alpha-synuclein aggregates in vitro, in cell models, transgenic animals and human tissue and involves development of new aggregate selective tools.

Research focus

The aim is to decipher how cells regulate their pools of alpha-synuclein species and how they respond to misfolded alpha-synuclein with respect to cytotoxic and protective mechanisms that can be targeted by therapy. This involves proteostatic mechanisms like autophagy, unconventional secretion, prion-like intercellular propagation and homeostatic cellular mechanisms being offset by alpha-synuclein aggregates.

Currently specific projects focuses on alpha-synucleins role in calcium regulation, kinase pathways regulating alpha-synuclein turn-over and toxicity, relation to the innate immune system and implementation of a mouse model for prion-like spreading of alpha-synuclein brain pathology.

Available projects

The Jensen group currently has projects available for Master and PhD students. Please contact Group Leader Poul Henning Jensen directly, if interested.


A picture of Assistant professor Nelson Ferreira.

2019.03.18 | PoulHenningJensen

Assistant Professor, Nelson Ferreira, publishes a review in International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Nelson Ferreira has recently published a review in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences entitled: “Uncovering the Neuroprotective Mechanisms of Curcumin on Transthyretin Amyloidosis”. The work was performed in collaboration with researchers from the Molecular Neurobiology Group, IBMC- Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, University…

Photo: Asad Jan

2019.02.11 | PoulHenningJensen

Postdoc and AIAS fellow Asad Jan is co-author on new review article

The article entitled: "Translational control in brain pathologies: biological significance and therapeutic opportunities" has recently been publisted in Acta Neuropathologica.

Photo: Nelson Ferreira

2019.02.04 | People

Congratulations to Nelson Ferreira, who has been appointed Assistant Prof. in Jensen Group

Nelson Ferreira has been appointed as Assistant Professor for 2 years in Group Leader Poul Henning Jensen's group starting January 15th 2019. Nelson Ferreira will be working towards the understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurogeneration in Parkinson's Disease (PD), in particular the self-perpetuating seeded aggregation and…

2018.11.05 | PoulHenningJensen

Lixiang Jiang is a new PhD student in Jensen Group.

As a new PhD student in Jensen Group, Lixiang Jiang, will be working on a project Regulation of α-synuclein transcription by the PLK-2/GSK-3β signalling pathway – a potential modulator of Parkinson’s disease risk.

Alexander Asferg

2018.10.31 | PoulHenningJensen

Alexander Asferg is new student in Jensen Group

Alexander is a Bachelor student in Molecular Biology and has joined the Jensen Group for his bachelors project. He is currently working with the AIAS Fellow Asad Jan, who is developing suitable genome editing tools to block the prion-like spread of alpha-synuclein in vivo.  Alexander is assisting in the preliminary work on this project.

2018.10.30 | PoulHenningJensen

Jensen Group receives 350,000 DKK from Parkinsonforeningen (The Parkinson's Foundation)

The grant is assigned to "investigate whether attempts to increase neurons cytosolic calcium levels protect a mouse model of progressive Parkinson’s disease – Effects of SERCA inhibition and activation of calcium channels."

2018.09.05 | PoulHenningJensen

Hjalte Gram is new Research Assistant in Poul Henning Jensens' group

Hjalte Gram is employed in Poul-Henning Jensens group as research assistant per 1'st of august 2018. He will work on factors leading to pathological aggregation of a central protein in Parkinson’s disease, a-synuclein, using animal and cell studies.'

2018.07.03 | People

Marie Vestergaard is new Bachelor Student in Jensen Group

Marie Vestergaard is new Bachelor Student in Jensen Group. She will be working with immunohistochemistry and Proximity Ligation assay on different types of tissues.

2018.07.02 | People

Andreas Baun is new Bachelor Student in Jensen group

Andreas Baun is new Bachelor Student in Jensen Group. He will work on a project comparing alpha-synuclein aggregates generated under different conditions biochemically and also analyze differences in toxicity on cells.

2018.05.01 | People

Golshah Ayoubi is new Laboratory Technician in Jensen Group

Golshah is new Laboratory Technician in Poul Henning Jensen's Group from 23rd of April. Please give her a warm welcome.

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