Gitte Jensen, Ph.D, is the founder and research director for NIS Labs, a private research laboratory that focuses on efficient, practical and innovative approaches to Natural Products Research. Her academic background is in cancer research, with a special focus on immune surveillance and systems biology, and includes appointments at University of Aarhus, University of Alberta, and McGill University. This combined with her strong interest in natural products, nutrition, herbal and complementary medicine forms a unique expertise to bridge traditional medicine, as well as novel inventions and developments in the natural products industry, with mainstream research tools.
Gitte is a hands-on scientist with experience in the Research and Development process. She has over 30 years of experience in establishing and executing strategic research plans in areas of biological sciences and the natural products industry. She designs and oversees clinical trials that benefit from an on-site immunological laboratory, allowing her team to execute unique testing of immune status, stem cell biology, and many related topics. She works with an international client base, testing natural products from across the world, and maintains an active profile in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. She also continues to take a leading role in bioassay development, specifically targeted to the study of natural products.
At a personal level, Gitte Jensen has a long-standing interest in algae for food and nutraceutical support. Her interest in Aphanizomenon flos aquae (AFA) is hands-on, from lake to finished product. She enjoys kayaking on Upper Klamath Lake when AFA is in full bloom, and she follows the seasonal changes on the lake and its rich bird-life. The unique ecology of Upper Klamath Lake and the high desert surrounding has grown to be a passion for her to follow year-round.
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After completing a food science engineering school with a focus on nutrition and public Health in France, I had the privilege to work in a Nutrition Research Laboratory in association with food industry studying the impact of weaning method on food habits in children. During my Ph.D in Nutrition Physiology, the objective was to understand intestinal lipid absorption and its deregulation in case of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. I have initiated collaboration and partnership with different labs and team research. I've always tried to create bridges between fundamental research and more applied Research and Development approach especially for the development and characterization of natural plant extracts.
After my Ph.D, I started to work in the field of food supplements in Research and Development firms in an international environment. My different missions include clinical research, formulation of food supplements, taking in charge regulatory aspects with a support for the Marketing team, as well as customer and doctors training. I've always been interested linking fundamental and clinical research on plants and alga extracts with more practical formulation of food supplements providing natural solutions to general public and scientific community.