Dr. Jennifer Pluznick is an Associate Professor of Physiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research is focused on the role of sensory receptors in regulating renal and cardiovascular function, and identifying renal/cardiovascular olfactory receptor ligands and relating them to whole-animal physiology.
She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Truman State University and earned her Ph.D. in Renal Physiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, where she studied both renal physiology and sensory biology systems (in particular, olfaction). Dr. Pluznick joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2010.
Dr. Pluznick discovered that odor-sensing proteins found in the noses of mice are also in their kidneys and blood vessels, a finding that can help scientists understand how the kidney helps maintain homeostasis in humans. Her lab has identified a number of olfactory receptors in the kidney and has made headway in identifying novel ligands, and is currently working to understand how renal and cardiovascular olfactory receptors influence whole-animal physiology.