Lars Jørn Jensen

Lars Jørn Jensen

Associate Professor

Knowledge of languages

English (fluent), Danish (native), German (basic), French (basic), Spanish (basic), Japanese (beginner)


  • Ph.D. Physiology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen (1999)
  • M.Sc. Biology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen (1995) 

Present and Previous Employments

  • Associate Professor (faculty position), Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (since 2012)
  • Associate Professor (faculty position), Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (2009-12)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (2007-09)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan (2004-06)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Physiology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (2002-07)
  • Medical Writer, H. Lundbeck A/S, Valby (1999-2002)
  • Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1997-98)
  • Ph.D. student, Zoophysiological Laboratory, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Copenhagen (1995-99)

Invited Lectures

  • Long-term high-fat and/or -fructose diet in rats causes increased blood pressure and changes in vascular SKCa, IKCa and Kir channel expression and function. 8th Lübeck Workshop on Smooth Muscle Function, Lübeck, Germany.
  • Long-term excess fat and/or fructose ingestion causes changes in small artery K+ transporter expression and function with effects on blood pressure. Pharmacological aspects of microvascular cell-cell signaling and CVS disease, Oxford, UK
  • Regulation of local and conducted vasomotor tone in resistance-sized vessels. 10th World Congress for Microcirculation, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Significance of aV3.2 T-type Ca2+ channels for pressure- and flow-dependent vasomotor responses in rat and mouse mesenteric small arteries. 11th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries. Banff, Alberta (Canada), 8. september, 2014.
  • Regulation of arteriolar tone by pressure- and flow-dependent mechanisms. Minisymposium on regulation of vascular tone. Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen, 4 March 2014
  • Myogenic Tone and Low-Voltage Activated T-type Ca2+ Channels. Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy summer meeting, 5 June 2013
  • The role of low voltage-activated T-type Ca2+ channels in mesenteric resistance vessels in mice. Acta Physiologica Symposium on “Hemodynamic Mechanisms in Acute Kidney Injury”, Copenhagen, 10 October 2012.
  • TRPC channels, PLC and PLA2 pathways are not crucial for development of myogenic tone in mouse small mesenteric arteries, ScanGerman Physiology 2010 conference, 27 March 2010
  • Regulation of arteriolar tone: functional studies in intact blood vessels. Symposium for Professor Emeritus Erik Hviid Larsen, August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, 3 September 2010
  • T-type calcium channels mediate calcium influx in response to KCl in rat mesenteric small arterioles, Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy summer meeting, 3 June 2004

 Teaching (overview)

Lectures, theoretical exercises and practicals of cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, acid/base regulation, and the physiology of the autonomous nervous system. Course responsible for the bachelor course in Advanced Mammalian Biology at the Biology-Biotechnology education.


Review- and assessment committees

Member or chairman of several assessment committees for Ph.D. theses, Research Grant Proposals and employment of university tenure track positions in Denmark and abroad. Reviewer for The Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Physiology (Heart and Circulatory), British Journal of Pharmacology, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Journal of Neurophysiology, Acta Physiologica (Oxford), Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, and Journal of Comparative Physiology (Part B). 


Certified to teach English Language course, project management courses, research group leadership course, and various scientific courses and workshops.

External Funding

Until now I have attracted approx. DKK 5.3 mio. for my independent research projects from The Danish Medical Research Council as well as from several private foundations

Current Research Methodology

Pressure myography of small arteries, calcium imaging of pressurized small arteries, organoid culture of small arteries under pressure and flow, in vivo and in vitro pharmacological studies, immunofluorescense microscopy, quantitative real-time PCR


  • Danish Cardiovascular Research Academy (DACRA)
  • Scandinavian Physiological Society
  • The Danish Heart Foundation
  • American Physiological Society
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization
  • The Physiological Society (UK)





Msc., Ph.D. (Physiology)

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