Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, PhD head shot

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Research Assistant Professor
College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences


  • MS: Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas.
  • PhD: Stony Brook University at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


  • Pine PS, Lund SP, Parsons JR, Vang LK, Mahabal AA, Cinquini L, Kelly SC, Kincaid H, Crichton DJ, Spira A, Liu G, Gower AC, Pass HI, Goparaju C, Dubinett SM, Krysan K, Stass SA, Kukuruga D, Van Keuren-Jensen KR, Courtright-Lim A, Thompson KL, Rosenzweig BA, Sorbara L, Srivastava S, Salit ML. Summarizing performance for genome scale measurement of miRNA: reference samples and metrics. BMC Genomics. 2018. 19:180.
  • Eschbacher JM, Georges JF, Belykh E, Yazdanabadi MI, Martirosyan NL, Szeto E, Seiler CY, Mooney MA, Daniels JK, Goehring KY, Van Keuren-Jensen KR, Preul MC, Coons SW, Mehta S, Nakaji P. Immediate Label-Free Ex Vivo Evaluation of Human Brain Tumor Biopsies With Confocal Reflectance Microscopy. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2017. 76(12):1008-1022.
  • Shah R, Yeri AS, Das A, Courtright-Lim A, Ziegler O, Gervino E, Ocel J, Quintero Pinzon P, Wooster L, Shields Bailey C, Tanriverdi K, Beaulieu L, Freedman JE, Ghiran I, Lewis GD, Van Keuren-Jensen KR, Das S. Small RNA-seq during acute maximal exercise reveal RNAs involved in vascular inflammation and cardiometabolic health. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2017.
  • Saugstad J, Lusardi T, Van Keuren-Jensen KR, Phillips J, Lind B, et al. Analysis of Extracellular RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid. Accepted JEV. 2017.
  • Tigchelaar S, Streijger F, Sinha S, Flibotte S, Manouchehri N, So K, Shortt K, Okon E, Rizzuto MA, Malenica I, Courtright-Lim A, Eisen A, Van Keuren-Jensen KR, Nislow C, Kwon BK. Serum MicroRNAs Reflect Injury Severity in a Large Animal Model of Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury. Sci Rep. 2017. 3;7(1):1376.
Research Interests

Neuro-degenerative, developmental and psychiatric disease

Research Summary

Detection of markers for central nervous system (CNS) disorders and injuries is complicated by the inaccessibility of the tissue — the inability to regularly test tissue from the CNS directly. RNAs from hard to access tissues have the potential to get to the periphery where they can be detected noninvasively. Extracellular RNAs (exRNA) in peripheral circulation can provide information about cellular changes associated with human health and disease. We use exRNAs to gain insights into molecular changes associated with injury and disease.