Kaare H. Jensen

Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics
Technical University of Denmark
Fysikvej 309
DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark


I am interested in understanding the mathematical and physical principles that govern transport in biological systems. My current research focus is on building models and experiments that help us understand design principles governing sugar transport in plants.


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Research interests Biophysical plant biology, fluid dynamics, microfluidic lab-on-a-chip experiments, osmosis, cytoplasmic streaming.

03/2014-Present Assistant Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics
02/2012-02/2014 Postdoc Harvard University (N. Michele Holbrook,David A. Weitz,MRSEC)
01/2011-01/2012 Postdoc Technical University of Denmark (Tomas Bohr)
03/2011 PhD Technical University of Denmark (Henrik Bruus)
06/2007 MSc University of Copenhagen (Tomas Bohr)
06/2005 BSc University of Copenhagen (Tomas Bohr)

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Peer reviewed publications


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  1. Pico gauges for minimally invasive intracellular hydrostatic pressure measurements J. Knoblauch, D. L. Mullendore, K. H. Jensen, and M. Knoblauch. Plant Physiology (In press 2014)
  2. Flow rate through microfilters: influence of the pore size distribution, hydrodynamic interactions, wall slip, and inertia K. H. Jensen, A. X. C. N Valente, and H. A. Stone. Physics of Fluids 26, 052004 (2014) (pdf,journal)
  3. Measurement of Flow Velocity and Inference of Liquid Viscosity in a Microfluidic Channel by Fluorescence Photobleaching K. H. Jensen, N. Carroll, S. Parsa, M. Holbrook, and D. A. Weitz. Langmuir 30 (16), 4868–4874 (2014) (pdf,journal)
  4. Efficiency of osmotic pipe flows K. H. Jensen, L. S. Haaning, C. Hélix-Nielsen, K. Berg-Sørensen, T. Bohr. Physical Review E 87, 053019 (2013) (pdf,journal)
  5. Optimal concentrations in transport systems K. H. Jensen, W. Kim, N. M. Holbrook, and J. M. W. Bush. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10(83) 20130138 (2013) (pdf,journal)
  6. Optimal concentration for sugar transport in plants K. H. Jensen, J. A. Savage, and N. M. Holbrook. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 10(83) 20130055 (2013) (pdf,journal,cover,press)
  7. Physical Limits to Leaf Size in Tall Trees K. H. Jensen and M. A. Zwieniecki. Physical Review Letters 110, 018104 (2013) (pdf,sm,journal,press)
  8. Modeling the hydrodynamics of phloem sieve plates K. H. Jensen, D. L. Mullendore, N. M. Holbrook, T. Bohr, M. Knoblauch and H. Bruus. Frontiers in Plant Science: Plant Biophysics and Modeling 3, 151 (2012). (pdf,journal)
  9. Analytic solutions and universal properties of sugar loading models in Munch phloem flow K. H. Jensen, K. Berg-Sørensen, S. M. M. Friis and T. Bohr. Journal of Theoretical Biology 304, 286–296 (2012). (pdf, journal)
  10. Universality of phloem transport in seed plants K. H. Jensen, J. Liesche, T. Bohr and A. Schulz. Plant Cell & Environment 35(6), 1065–1076 (2012). (pdf,cover,journal)
  11. Phloem Ultrastructure and Pressure Flow: Sieve-Element-Occlusion-Related Agglomerations Do Not Affect Translocation D. R. Froelich, D. L. Mullendore, K. H. Jensen, T. J. Ross-Elliott, J. A. Anstead, G. A. Thompson, H. C. Pelissier, and M. Knoblauch, , Plant Cell 23, 4428-4445 (2011). (pdf,cover,journal)
  12. Optimality of the Münch mechanism for translocation of sugars in plants K. H. Jensen, J. Lee, T. Bohr, H. Bruus, N. M. Holbrook, and M. A. Zwieniecki.  Journal of the Royal Society Interface 8, 1155-1165 (2011).(pdf,journal)
  13. Self-consistent unstirred layers in osmotically driven flows K. H. Jensen, T. Bohr, and H. Bruus. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 662, 197-208 (2010). (pdf,journal)
  14. Osmotically driven pipe flows and their relation to sugar transport in plants K. H. Jensen, E. Rio, R. Hansen, C. Clanet and T. Bohr. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 636, 371-396 (2009). (pdf,journal)
  15. Osmotically driven flows in microchannels separated by a semipermeable membrane K. H. Jensen, J. Lee, T. Bohr, and H. Bruus. Lab on a Chip 9, 2093-2099 (2009). (pdf,journal)
  16. Slow-light enhanced light–matter interactions with applications to gas sensing K. H. Jensen, M.N. Alam, B. Scherer, A. Lambrecht and N.A. Mortensen,  Optics Communications 281(21) 5335-5339 (2008). (pdf,journal)
  17. Polygons on a Rotating Fluid Surface T. R. N. Jansson, M. P. Haspang, K. H. Jensen, P. Hersen, and T. Bohr. Physical Review Letters 96, 174502 (2006). (pdf,journal)

PhD thesis

  1. Osmotically driven flows in microfluidic systems and their relation to sugar transport in plants K. H. Jensen, Technical University of Denmark. Advisors: Henrik Bruus and Tomas Bohr (2011). (pdf)

Popular science

  1. K. H. Jensen og T. R. N. Jansson, Open source programmer til videnskabelig brug, Gamma 140 (2005).
  2. Synkronisering af vejrtrækning og hjerteslag, Gamma 145 (2007).
  3. Celler og flokdyr, Gamma 144 (2006).
  4. Partikelfiltre baseret på nanorør, Gamma 142 (2006).
  5. Kritikalitet i arktiemarkedet, Gamma, 141 (2006).
  6. Kaoskryptering, Gamma, 140 (2005).
  7. Myten om kviksand lagt på hylden, Gamma 139 (2005).
  8. Vejer et kilo ét kilo? ­­ Om kilogrammets historie, Gamma 138 (2005).
  9. Luftbobler mindsker gnidningsmodstant i vand, Gamma 137 (2005).
  10. Antenne til synligt lys, Gamma 135 (2004).
  11. Paritetsbrud i elektron­elektron spredning, Gamma 134 (2004).
  12. Grundstof nummer 115 fundet, Gamma 133 (2004).
  13. Relativitetsteorien kompatibel med kaosteorien, Gamma 132 (2003).
  14. Gravitationshastigheden forsøgt målt, Gamma 129 (2003).
  15. Dommedag udsat – indtil videre, Gamma 127 (2002).
  16. Bohrs breve til Heisenberg offentliggjort, Gamma 125 (2002).
  17. Mars Odyssey, Gamma 124 (2001).