Our Research Team

Patient Recruitment Coordinator

For current study opportunities, please call the confidential recruitment line: 503 494-3666

Jeff Jensen, M.D.Jeffrey Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.

Leon Speroff Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vice Chair, Research
Director, Women’s Health Research Unit

A native of the northwest, Dr. Jensen completed medical school at Emory University, an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and an OB/GYN residency at OHSU. He has been board certified since 1990. Prior to accepting a faculty position at OHSU in 1992, he served in the United States Navy Medical Corps. Dr. Jensen was appointed the first Leon Speroff Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2003.

Dr. Jensen is the Director of the Women's Health Research Unit, as well as Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and an affiliate scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. His special clinical interests include family planning and vulvar disease. Dr. Jensen's research focus includes preclinical investigations of new contraceptive methods, and clinical trials in Family Planning and vulvar disease. In his leisure time, Dr. Jensen enjoys birding, running, camping, biking and hiking with his family.


Marci Messerle ForbesMarci Messerle Forbes, R.N., F.N.P. 

Senior Research Associate

Marci Messerle Forbes joined the Research Division as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Marci also sees patients at OHSU’s Center for Women’s Health. An experienced colposcopist, Marci completed her Master’s and Doctorate of Nursing at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. Marci graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a BS in General Science and an emphasis on Biology.


Andrea O'Donnell Andrea O'Donnell, R.N., F.N.P.

Senior Research Associate

Andrea O’Donnell joined our team as a Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Andrea also sees patients at OHSU’s Center for Women’s Health.  Before coming to OHSU, she worked with Planned Parenthood while earning her Nurse Practitioner degree from OHSU.

Other Research Staff

 Tracy Bespflug Administrative Manager 503-494-0111
 Muriel Barrett Grants Accounting Specialist  503-494-0357 
 Chloe Souza Research Assistant II 503-494-0757
 Monica Rincon Senior Research Assistant  503-494-8748
 Lisa Karstens Vingara Postdoctoral Researcher  503-418-8877
 Jackie Seguin Research Nurse, Research Assistant II 503-494-1379
 Amanda Holland Research Assistant II  503-494-7393
 Loren Hughes Research Assistant II 503-494-3173
 Gianou Knox Research Assistant II 503-418-1288
 Emily Padua Research Assistant II 503-494-7051 
 Monica Dunn Research Assistant II 503-494-0585 
 Cat Dennis Recruitment Coordinator 503-494-3666