Miss Cassandra Jensen

PhD Student
Sophien Kamoun Group

I am a first year rotation PhD student with main interests in molecular plant microbe interactions. I am especially interested in the evolution of host jumps and the evolution/expansion of immunity genes in plants. I also have an interest in understanding the signalling pathways involved in effector triggered immunity, and the particular protein domains required for a proper immune response. Throughout my PhD I hope to use aspects of genetics, biochemistry, and bioinformatics to investigate my interests.


Hind KR, Gabrielson PW, P Jensen C, Martone PT (2016)

A Nongeniculate Genus in the Subfamily Corallinoideae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). J. Phycol. 52, 929–941 (2016).

Dong OX, Meteignier LV, Plourde MB, Ahmed B, Wang M, Jensen C, Jin H, Moffett P, Li X, Germian H (2016)

Arabidopsis TAF15b Localizes to RNA Processing Bodies and Contributes to snc1-Mediated Autoimmunity. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 29, 247–257 (2016).

Hind KR, Miller KA, Young M, Jensen C, Gabrielson PW, Martone PT (2016)

Resolving cryptic species of Bossiella (Corallinales, Rhodophyta ) using contemporary and historical DNA. AM. J. Bot. 102, 1912–1930 (2015).

Job History

2016 – 2016 Student technician studying the environmental microbiome of the ocean, University of British Columbia

2015 – 2015 Directed Studies student assessing E3 ubiquitin ligases with putative function in plant immunity using CRISPR/Cas9, University of British Columbia

2013 – 2016 Student technician studying coralline algae phylogenetics, University of British Columbia

2013 – 2013 Student technician studying gut K cells as surrogate Beta cells for insulin expression, University of British Columbia