Jeffrey Jensen

Jeffrey Jensen

Faculty AssociateBiodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Professor, Center for Evolution & Medicine


Jeff Jensen is a population geneticist and Professor in the ASU School of Life Sciences, the Center for Evolution & Medicine, and the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution.

The Jensen Lab develops theory and statistical methodology for describing and quantifying evolutionary processes, and analyzes natural population data to describe the relative roles of these processes during the colonization of novel environments. The lab also analyzes experimental evolution data in order to gain insights into the underlying distribution of selective effects and fitness landscapes.

Professor Jensen earned a BS/BA from the University of Arizona in 2002 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biological Anthropology, co-advised by Michael Nachman (University of Arizona) and Brian Charlesworth (University of Edinburgh). He earned his PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University in 2006, co-advised by Charles Aquadro (Cornell) and Carlos Bustamante (Stanford) and completed his postdoctoral work as an NSF Biological Informatics Fellow at UCSD and UC Berkeley, co-advised by Doris Bachtrog (Berkeley), Peter Andolfatto (Princeton), and Rasmus Nielsen (Berkeley).