Jennifer Jane (Jennifer) Westendorf, Ph.D.



  1. Rochester, Minnesota


  • Mechanisms whereby the transcription factors, Runx2 and Lef1, regulate gene expression in osteoblasts
  • Determine how multiple repression domains in Runx2 mediate interactions with other proteins to contribute to transcription repression
  • Define how the interactions of three histone deacetylases and a transcription factor (Lef1) with Runx2 are regulated during osteoblast differentiation and cancer-induced bone disease
  • Define how Runx2 complexes contribute to bone formation and metastatic cancer

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 2000
    Postdoctoral Fellowship - Molecular BiologyVanderbilt University
  2. 1996
    PhDImmunology, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1996
    Post Doctoral Fellowship - Tumor biologySt. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  4. 1996
    PhD - Biomedical Sciences-ImmunologyPh.D. Program, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 1991
    BA - Biology and ChemistryUniversity of Minnesota, Morris