Michael Jensen, MD, PhD

Michael grew up in Stafford County Virginia and spent most of his childhood on the east coast. Michael always had a love for the great outdoors so after graduating from high school he moved to Utah. While in Utah, he obtained a PhD in the laboratory of Dr. AV Maricq and focused his research on understanding the genetic mechanisms that govern nerve cell communication. Following his PhD, he pursued postdoctoral training and discovered how trafficking of cellular proteins regulates synaptic function. He then pursued an MD degree from Utah and decided to complete his neurosurgical training at Stanford University. Outside of neurosurgery, Michael is and avid outdoors man and enjoys spending time with family.


2017-Present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University

2013-2017 University of Utah, MD

2006-2012 University of Utah, PhD Biology

2003-2006 University of Utah, BS

Research Interests:

Neural regeneration, Brain computer interfaces, Patient outcomes following surgical interventions, Spinal cord injury, Spinal deformity, genetics of vascular malformations. 

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

Hurley Endowed Scholarship, 2016

Barber Scholarship, 2015

Hubbard Foundation Scholarship, 2014  

Medical Student Research Program, 2014

James W. Prahl Memorial Award, 2013

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, 2009

Continuing Biology Scholarship, 2005

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, 2005

Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Nominee, 2005   

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Program, 2004

Bioscience Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant,  2004   


Karsy M, Jensen M R, Cole K, et al. (July 02, 2017) Thoracolumbar Cortical Screw Placement with Interbody Fusion: Technique and Considerations. Cureus 9(7): e1419. doi:10.7759/cureus.1419

Brockie, P.J.*, M. Jensen*, J.E. Mellem, E. Johnson, R. Wang, D. Maxfield, C. Thacker, F. Hoerndli, T. Uamasaki, S. Tomita, D.M. Madsen and A.V. Maricq (2013) Cornichons control ER export of AMPA receptors to regulate synaptic excitability. Neuron, 80:129-142. (*Authors contributed equally)

Jensen, M., F.J. Hoerndli, P.J. Brockie, R. Wang, E. Johnson, D. Maxfield, M.M. Francis, D.M. Madsen and A.V. Maricq (2012) Wnt signaling regulates acetylcholine receptor translocation and synaptic plasticity in the adult nervous system. Cell 149:173-87.

Jensen, M., P.J. Brockie and A.V. Maricq (2012) Signaling regulates experience-dependent synaptic plasticity in the adult nervous system. Cell Cycle 11:2585-86.

Wang, R., J.E. Mellem, M. Jensen, P.J. Brockie, C.S. Walker, F.J. Hoerndli, D.M. Madsen and A.V. Maricq (2012) The SOL-2/Neto auxiliary protein modulates the function of AMPA subtype ionotropic glutamate receptors. Neuron 75:838-50.

Francis, M.M., S.P. Evans, M. Jensen, D.M. Madsen, J. Mancuso, K.R. Norman and A.V. Maricq (2005) The Ror receptor tyrosine kinase CAM-1 is required for ACR-16-mediated synaptic transmission at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction. Neuron 46:581-94.


Michael Jensen