Dr. Michael Jensen, St. Mark’s class of 1982, is the Sinegal Endowed Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Bioengineering at University of Washington School of Medicine. He serves as the founding director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Jensen is a pioneer in the area of cancer immunotherapy research focusing on the genetic engineering of immune system T cells. He is an inventor on a broad portfolio of patents in this area and leads groundbreaking clinical trials of chimeric antigen receptor redirected T cell cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Jensen is a scientific founder of Juno Therapeutics, Inc., a recent cancer immunotherapy biotech spin out based in Seattle that recently broke IPO valuation records on Nasdaq. Michael is married to Diane Kurzontkowski, St. Mark’s class of 1983.
The Kurzontkowski-Jensen family, inclusive of their three children, two dogs and a cat, lives on Bainbridge Island In Washington State.