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 is 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

Muriel Barrett Grants Accounting Specialist 503 494-0359
Tracy Bespflug Administrative Manager 503 494-0111
Molly Cushing Research Assistant 503-494-3173
Matthew Geraths Senior Research Assistant,
Regulatory Coordinator
Joslyn Gibson Research Assistant II 503-494-7051
Amanda Holland Research Assistant 503 494-7393
Hanna Kamsky Research Assistant 503-494-0585
Trinh Nguyen Research Assistant 503 494-3666
Monica Rincon Senior Research Assistant 503 494-8748
Jackie Seguin Research Nurse 503-494-3666
Janice Snyder Research Nurse 503 418-4622
Willow Toth Recruitment Coordinator 503 494-3666
Teresa Tran Research Assistant I 503-494-3666
Lucy Cate Yerby Research Nurse 503 494-0757