Jennifer Hensel, MS

Jennifer Hensel is a multi-disciplinary scientist having worked in a number of research fields from clinical microbiology to molecular and cellular immunology and oncology. A hobby of Ms. Hensel’s is reading about the history and public health implications of infectious diseases such as influenza, cholera, and the plague. Her practical experience ranges from bench scientist to regulatory medical writer. She is driven to answer the “whys” of disease pathology and as a result has a unique understanding of microbiology, parasitology, immunology, inflammation, and oncology.

Ms. Hensel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Arizona. During college she worked in a county hospital as a clinical microbiologist. Ms. Hensel earned a Master of Science degree in Pathobiology from the department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Arizona, studying how opportunistic parasitic infections cause disease in immunocompromised populations.

Ms. Hensel continued her post-graduate research in the lab of Dr. Marilyn Halonen, studying respiratory immunology at the University of Arizona Medical Center. She went on to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she studied B lymphocyte signaling pathways with Dr. Wasif Khan and G protein-coupled receptor pharmacology with Dr. Lee Limbird. In 2001, Ms. Hensel moved to San Diego, CA to work in the biotech industry developing therapeutics to treat cancer, first at Idun Pharmaceuticals and then at Celgene Corporation. Ms. Hensel left the biotech industry in 2006 to stay at home and raise her daughter, Avielle.

Finding she missed working in the sciences she started a medical and scientific writing company, Presentus Research Communications, Inc. in Sandy Hook, CT, allowing her to work from home and to be a stay at home parent. Following Avielle’s murder, Ms. Hensel and her husband Dr. Jeremy Richman, started the Avielle Foundation.

Avielle’s Mother, Co-founder of The Avielle Foundation, and Acting Co-CEO