Isaac Jensen

Isaac Jensen, Ph.D. student, Immunology

Tracks natural killer cells

What is your degree program and expected graduation date? Immunology Ph.D., 2020

Please describe your research: My research seeks to understand the mechanisms which underlie sepsis induced impairment of the immune system, specifically impairment of NK cells and CD8 T cells.

In simple terms, why does this research matter? Because sepsis can lead to lasting immune impairment, individuals that experience a septic event are more likely to become ill and be hospitalized following secondary infection. Ideally, the research that I am performing can inform therapeutic approaches to address these impairments in immune function to improve the health of and/or cure patients who experience a septic event.

How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I joined my thesis lab at the end of my first year after completing the required three research rotations.

How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Because completion of my degree and my future career goals are research-focused, my involvement in research is very directly associated with my success at the University of Iowa.

What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? After completing my degree, I will seek a post-doctoral position with the intent to pursue a research focused academic faculty position.

Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Vladimir Badovinac

Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

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