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Julie Rose Hens

Research Scientist

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Julie Rose Hens, PhD, MS, BA



Julie R. Hens, Ph.D., is presently a research scientist at Yale University and is an internationally recognized developmental biologist and cancer researcher. Previously, she was a Senior Scientist at the Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science (OFAS) where she specialized in studying methionine restriction and cancer. She was an Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Bonaventure University where she developed courses in Genetics, Developmental biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Aging. She established laboratories, and organized students to present their independent research at a University-wide Symposium. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of mammary gland physiology and development, and cancer biology Dr. Hens has contributed to the understanding of molecular mechanisms involved in embryonic mammary gland and bone development. More recently, she has expanded our understanding of how dietary methionine restriction can affect epigenetic mechanisms involved in cancer progression, bone development, and fatty liver disease. At Yale, she is examining the role of PTHrP, CASR, GABABR1, and GABABR2 in mammary gland function and during cancer.

Education & Training

  • Research Associate Scientist
    Yale University (2007)
  • Postdoctoral associate
    Yale University (2005)
  • PhD
    University of Maryland @ College Park, Animal Science/Cell Biology (2001)
  • MS
    Pennsylvania State University, Genetics intercollegiate program (1994)
  • BA
    Canisius College, Biology (1991)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Keenan GrantSt. Bonaventure University2009
Research GrantSt. Bonaventure University2008, 2009
Society of Developmental Biology Teaching faculty travel awardSociety of Developmental Biology2008, 2010
Keanan AwardSt. Bonaventure University2007
Colorado Technical University Faculty Service AwardColorado Technical University2005
ASBMR Young Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Bone and Mineral Research2004
Teacher Recognition AwardUniversity of Maryland University College’s2004

Professional Service

Protein & Peptide Letters JournalReviewer2020
Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal ChemistryReviewed mansucripts2017 - 2022
American Cancer SocietyMember2016 - 2020
New York Academy of ScienceMember2015 - 2017
Breast Cancer ResearchReviewer2012
St. Bonaventure Faculty search committeeI was Chair of one committee, and on another as a member, both were for Biology faculty2011 - 2012
Journal of Histochemistry & CytochemistryReviewer of Journal Articles2010 - 2022
Developmental BiologyReviewed Manuscripts2010 - 2022
Society of Developmental BiologyMember2008 - 2017
Developmental BiologyMember2008 - 2017
St. Bonaventure Faculty SenateFaculty Senator representing the Biology Department at St. Bonaventure University2008 - 2013
Campus’ Grounds Committeefaculty representative for the Campus’ Grounds Committee2008 - 2013
St. Bonaventure UniversitySeveral local high school students joined my laboratory during the summer and were mentored by me.2008 - 2012
St. Bonaventure UniversityConducted Open-house for potential students and their pare2008 - 2012
Search committeeMember of the search committee for Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2008.2008
Search committee for animal caretaker/ chemical waste supervisorMember of the search committee for animal caretaker/ chemical waste supervisor job.2008
St. Bonaventure UniversitySupported the St. Bonaventure University music department by playing french horn and mentoring horn players in the band2007 - 2012
American Society of Bone and Mineral ResearchMember2004 - 2020
Endocrinology SocietyMember2003 - 2007
National Science Teaching AssociationMember2002 - 2013
American Society of Experimental BiologyMember2000 - 2005
American Society of Molecular BiologyMember2000 - 2002
American Society of Cell BiologyMember1995 - 2002
American Dairy Science AssociationMember1992 - 2001

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