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Kirk Hansen, PhD

Associate Professor


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Contact Information:

Phone: (303) 724-5544
Email: Kirk.Hansen@cuanschutz.edu

Hansen Lab Website



Graduate Program Memberships

Structural Biology & Biochemistry​
Biomedical Sciences


We are focused on developing strategies for the detection and characterization of extracellular proteins in health and disease. Our goal is to understand underlying mechanisms of tissue microenvironments, including innate immunity, in disease processes using mass spectrometry.

One of our main focuses is improving characterization of tissue extracellular matrices (ECM). We have been refining traditional biochemical extraction and digestion methods to improve proteomic coverage of insoluble and crosslinked proteins of the ECM. These methods are being used to obtain a more detailed view of tissue remodeling in wound healing, aging, cancer and fibrotic diseases in general. New methods to identify protein crosslinks are allowing for the study of enzymatic specificity of the crosslinking enzymes at a resolution previously not available. 

Similar methods are being developed to characterize fibrin clot structures with the goal of identifying mediators of thrombosis and coagulopathies. This work is being supported by rapid ion mobility mass spectrometry for quantitative plasma proteome characterization. These approaches, in addition to metabolomic methods (D'Alessandro Lab), will be the foundation of a personalized medicine platform that has the potential to revolutionize clinical diagnostics.

Current Lab Colleagues

Hansen Lab Oct 2019

 Results From Research : Selected site and subsites
PicturesLast NameFirst NameJob TitleEmailBio Page
DzieciatkowskaMonikaResearch AssociateMonika.Dzieciatkowska@cuanschutz.edu  
HillRyanResearch Associateryan.hill@cuanschutz.edu  
IssaianAaronGraduate StudentAaron.Issaian@cuanschutz.edu  
JacksonColleenProfessional Research AssistantCOLLEEN.JACKSON@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU  
MaslankaMaslankaMarkProfessional Research Assistantmark.maslanka@cuanschutz.edu  
McCabeMaxGraduate Studentmaxwell.mccabe@cuanschutz.edu  
SchmittLaurenGraduate StudentLauren.2.Schmitt@cuanschutz.edu  
WilliamsJasonPostdoctoral Fellowjason.s.williams@cuanschutz.edu  
ZakharevichIgorProfessional Research AssistantIgor.Zakharevich@cuanschutz.edu