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Elwood V. Jensen

Born: Jan 13, 1920

Death: Dec 16, 2012

Birthplace: Fargo

Nationality: United States

Elwood V. Jensen

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1920
Date of Death : Dec 16, 2012
Birth Place : Fargo

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 ?rst 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.

Also known as


  • Elwood Vernon Jensen
  • Elwood Jensen

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award
  • Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
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