Ulla Hansen is a professor emerita of biology at Boston University. Her research group focuses on the study of transcription factor LSF (also known as TFCP2).[1]

Ulla Hansen
Ulla Hansen

Milwaukee, WI
(1953-02-10) 10 February 1953 (age 70)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationPhD, Harvard University
WebsiteUlla Hansen - Boston University Ulla Hansen - Lab website


Hansen received her bachelor's degree in 1974 from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in 1980 from Harvard University, where she worked with William R. McClure. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Phillip A. Sharp.[2] She became an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in 1983, and moved to the department of biology at Boston University in 1998. She served as associate chair of the department for five years and as the director of the Graduate Program of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology.[2]


Hansen's research specialty is the mammalian cell cycle, in particular the role of transcription factors. She has concentrated on the LSF transcription factor, which is involved in oncogenesis.[1][3] She has had a particular interest in LSF's role in liver cancer.[4] Hansen coauthored several heavily cited papers, including the review article "Active repression mechanisms of eukaryotic transcription repressors"[5][6][7] in Trends in Genetics.


  1. ^ a b "Ulla Hansen". Boston University online. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  2. ^ a b Hansen, Ulla (May 2019). "Curriculum Vitaee" (PDF). Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Research". Hansen Lab. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  4. ^ Friday, Leslie (11 April 2012). "Taking On Cancer: Tackling Liver Cancer in the Lab". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  5. ^ Xinsheng Nan; F.Javier Campoy; Adrian Bird (21 February 1997). "MeCP2 Is a Transcriptional Repressor with Abundant Binding Sites in Genomic Chromatin". Cell. 88 (4): 471–481. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81887-5. PMID 9038338.
  6. ^ Gregory A. Wray; Matthew W. Hahn; Ehab Abouheif; James P. Balhoff; Margaret Pizer; Matthew V. Rockman; Laura A. Romano (1 April 2003). "The Evolution of Transcriptional Regulation in Eukaryotes". Molecular Biology and Evolution. 20 (9): 1377–1419. doi:10.1093/molbev/msg140. PMID 12777501.
  7. ^ Fujimoto, Susan Y.; Ohta, Masaru; Usui, Akemi; Shinshi, Hideaki; Ohme-Takagi, Masaru (2000). "Arabidopsis Ethylene-Responsive Element Binding Factors Act as Transcriptional Activators or Repressors of GCC Box-Mediated Gene Expression". The Plant Cell Online. 12 (3): 393–404. doi:10.1105/tpc.12.3.393. PMC 139839. PMID 10715325.