• North Terrace, SAHMRI

    5000 Adelaide


  • 3384 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
1994 …2020

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Dr. Kirk Jensen is an RNA biochemist and molecular biologist. His research focus is post-transcriptional gene regulation, and he is currently investigating how human cells regulate the initiation of translation, the process by which ribosomes decode the genetic instructions found in messenger RNA (mRNA) to make new proteins. Dr. Jensen joined SAHMRI in 2016 as a Senior Research Fellow. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and was both a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at Rockefeller University in New York. Prior to joining SAHMRI, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

1 Sep 199131 Dec 1995

Bachelor's Degree, Stanford University

1 Sep 198330 Jun 1987

External positions

Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Adelaide

1 Feb 20161 Feb 2020


  • mRNA
  • RNA-binding protein
  • post-transcriptional gene regulation
  • translation initiation
  • ribosome
  • capCLIP
  • RNAseq
  • translational control
  • 5' UTR
  • 3' UTR

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Research Output

  • 3384 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 8 Patent
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

Reciprocal signaling between mTORC1 and MNK2 controls cell growth and oncogenesis

Xie, J., Shen, K., Jones, A. T., Yang, J., Tee, A. R., Shen, M. H., Yu, M., Irani, S., Wong, D., Merrett, J. E., Lenchine, R. V., De Poi, S., Jensen, K., Trim, P., Snel, M., Kamei, M., Martin, S., Fitter, S., Tian, S., Wang, X. & 3 others, Butler, L., Zannettino, A. & Proud, C., 1 Jan 2020, In : Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

The MAP kinase-interacting kinases (MNKs) as targets in oncology

Xie, J., Merrett, J. E., Jensen, K. B. & Proud, C. G., 4 Mar 2019, In : Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets. 23, 3, p. 187-199 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Method Of Purifying RNA Binding Protein-RNA Complexes

Jensen, K., 20 Sep 2016, IPC No. US 9447454 B2, United States Patent & Trademark Office, Patent No. US 9447454 B2

Research output: Patent

Open Access
7 Downloads (Pure)

Tuning Specific Translation in Cancer Metastasis and Synaptic Memory: Control at the MNK–eIF4E Axis

Bramham, C. R., Jensen, K. B. & Proud, C. G., 1 Oct 2016, In : Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 41, 10, p. 847-858 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

40 Citations (Scopus)

Genome-wide identification of miR-200 targets reveals a regulatory network controlling cell invasion

Bracken, C. P., Li, X., Wright, J. A., Lawrence, D. M., Pillman, K. A., Salmanidis, M., Anderson, M. A., Dredge, B. K., Gregory, P. A., Tsykin, A., Neilsen, C., Thomson, D. W., Bert, A. G., Leerberg, J. M., Yap, A. S., Jensen, K. B., Khew-Goodall, Y. & Goodall, G. J., 1 Jan 2014, In : EMBO Journal. 33, 18, p. 2040-2056 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

90 Citations (Scopus)