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Lab Alumni  
Victoria Halperin
Victoria Halperin

Victoria was a graduate student in the lab from 2013-2018, where she worked on characterizing changes in gene expression in the kidney on a high-fat diet, as well as identifying and characterizing novel renal olfactory receptors.  She is now a postdoc at the University of Maryland in the Woodward Lab.



Tyler Shubitowski
Tyler Shubitowski

Tyler was a technician in the lab from 2016-2018, working on short chain fatty acid signaling and other cool OR stuff.  He is now a med student at Oakland Medical School.





Prem Rajkumar, PhD

Prem was a postdoc in the lab from 2012-2018, during which time he studied (among other things) Gprc5c.  Prem now is a Senior Scientist at Recursion.





Blythe Shepard
Blythe Shepard, PhD

Blythe was a postdoc in the lab from 2011-2017.  While in the lab, Blythe’s work focused on the role of Olfr1393 in the renal proximal tubule.  She is now an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University:



Niranjan Natarajan
Niranjana Natarajan

Niranjana was a PhD student in the lab from 2012-2016. While in the Pluznick Lab, she worked on the interplay of microbial short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and host SCFA receptors in blood pressure regulation. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dutta Lab at the University of Pittsburgh.


Will Aisenberg
Will Aisenberg, Research Technician

Will graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012, and spent two years in the lab working with ORs. He's now a graduate student at Johns Hopkins in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program.




Omar Acres
Omar Acres, PhD

Omar obtained his PhD from Tulane University in 2011 where he studied the regulation of the intra-renal renin-angiotensin system in the proximal tubule of the kidney (the most important organ in the body). Omar worked in the Pluznick Lab the summer and fall of 2012, and attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine (class of 2015).



Ryan Protzko
Ryan Protzko, Research Technician

Ryan (aka Pineapple) joined the lab in the summer of 2010 and spent two years in the lab doing research (and origami) before getting his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.





Brian Poll
Brian Poll

Brian was a graduate student in the lab from 2017-2020.  While in the lab, he studied Olfr78 as well as cardiovascular effects of short chain fatty acids.  Brian is now a postdoc at the NIH in the Knepper Lab.
Tilmira Smith
Tilmira Smith

Mira was a post-bac in the Pluznick Lab through the Doctoral Diversity Program from 2018-2020.  While in the lab, she studied sensory receptors in the bladder.  Mira is now a Medical Student at Wayne State University.

Summer Students  

Tori Gillam
Tori Gillam

Tori Gillam was a summer student in the lab through the SARE program in both 2016 and 2017, and is now a student at Howard University (class of 2021).






Mah Noor
Mah Noor

Mah was a summer student in the lab through the SARE program in 2018, and is now an undergraduate at the University of Maryland.




Zoya Khalil
Zoya Khalil

Zoya was a Hopkins undergraduate who worked in the lab from June 2017 to May 2019.



Taylor Gardner
Taylor Gardner

Taylor was a summer student in the lab through the SARE program in 2019, and is now a sophomore at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.




Jose Tidmore
Josie Tidmore

Josie Tidmore worked in the lab in the Spring of 2019 through the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program at Garrison Forrest School, where she is now a Senior.





Chris Claypool summer of 2016
Wennie Sansing summer of 2012
Danny Gergen, Undergraduate summer of 2011




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