Ulla Hansen

Professor of Biology & Director, Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Hansen is a biology professor and the Program Director for Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Boston University.

Professor Hansen’s major research interests concern how mammalian cell growth and cell cycle are regulated, and how misregulation, particularly of transcription factors, drives oncogenesis. She focuses on the cell cycle-regulated transcription factor LSF, recently shown to be an oncogene for liver cancer.

Studies range from critical genes targeted by LSF to control cell cycle progression, to signal transduction pathways that modify LSF to alter its activity, to biological consequences of inhibiting or inducing LSF activity. She also uses bioinformatics tools to understand the transcriptional regulatory networks driving proliferation.