Jenny Pena Dias, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Dias is a physiologist. She received her BSc in Biomedical Science, MSc and Ph.D in Physiology from the University of Montreal and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Dias joined the Division of Endocrinology after completing four years of postdoctoral fellowship at NIA,  National Institute of Health (NIH). She has studied the pathophysiology of diabetes type 2, obesity and their complications utilizing in vivo rodent models, in vitro biochemical techniques as well as epidemiological and clinical trial data. Her research interests are in aging,  diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sex hormones, glucose and lipid metabolism. (Languages) Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • M.P.H.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2015)
  • M.S.; University of Montreal (Canada) (2007)
  • Ph.D.; University of Montreal (Canada) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Dias JP, Shardell M, Golden SH, Ahima RS, Crews DC. Racial/Ethnic Trends in Prevalence of Diabetic Kidney Disease in the United States. Kidney Int Rep. 2018 Oct 29;4(2):334-337. doi: 10.1016/j.ekir.2018.10.018. eCollection 2019 Feb.

Dias JP, Melvin D, Simonsick EM, Carlson O, Shardell MD, Ferrucci L, Chia CW, Basaria S, Egan JM.  Effects of aromatase inhibition vs. testosterone in older men with low testosterone: randomized-controlled trial. Andrology. 2016 Jan;4(1):33-40. doi: 10.1111/andr.12126. Epub 2015 Nov 20.

Dias JP, Couture R. Blockade of kinin B(1) receptor reverses plasma fatty acids composition changes and body and tissue fat gain in a rat model of insulin resistance. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2012 Mar;14(3):244-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2011.01521.x. Epub 2011 Nov 21.

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