Dr. Phil Jensen has been teaching at Rocky Mountain College since 2009. His current research focuses on a family of signals that cells use to communicate during development. These cues often regulate cell growth and division, and their misregulation can result in diseases, such as cancer, in humans. However, all animals – from sponges to sparrow – use these signals, and scientists study them in the fruit fly because of its power as an experimental organism. Dr. Jensen is particularly interested in how members of this signaling family interact with one another to control growth and how the signals have evolved. Dr. Jensen's research blends molecular, development, and evolutionary biology in a way that is designed to be both accessible and productive for beginning researchers.
- BIO 105: Current Biology
- BIO 306: Evolution
- BIO 312: Cell Biology
- BIO 324: Developmental Biology
- IDS 243: Scientific Writing and Analysis