Dr. Majken K. Jensen

Majken K. Jensen

Assistant Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Nutrition


2005 MSc, Public Health Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 PhD, Epidemiology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Other Affiliations

Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine


Dr. Jensen’s major research interests include:

  1. Identification and evaluation of biomarkers and novel metabolic markers of cardiometabolic diseases (type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, cognitive impairment, dementia);
  2. Investigations of lifestyle and diet in combination with high-dimensional methods (genome-wide association studies, metabolomics and proteomics) in observational epidemiology;
  3. Advancement of methodological approaches for the epidemiological investigation of biomarkers in chronic diseases (Mendelian Randomization, pathway analyses, and layering of high-dimensional data) in traditional observational study design.

Dr. Jensen is currently leading projects funded by the American Diabetes Association and NIH to investigate subspecies of high density lipoprotein, defined based on its protein cargo, in relation to diabetes, cognitive impairment and risk of dementia.

Investigations are conducted in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, the Nurses’ Health Study, the Danish EPIC cohort study (Diet, Cancer and Health), the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and the Cardiovascular Health Study, and the Gingko Evaluation of Memory Study.