Karin Jensen, Ph.D.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Assistant Professor


Karin Jensen, Ph.D. is a Teaching Assistant Professor in bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she teaches a cell and tissue engineering laboratory course and biotransport. In 2020, her teaching was recognized by the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award. Her research interests include student mental health and wellness, engineering student career pathways, and engagement of engineering faculty in engineering education research. She was awarded a CAREER award in 2019 from the National Science Foundation for her research on undergraduate mental health in engineering programs. She is also a member of the ASEE Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Before joining UIUC she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bioinformatics at Sanofi Oncology in Cambridge, MA. She earned a bachelor's degree in biological engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.