- By Jennifer Pluznick
- October 25, 2023
Rachel received her PhD in April of 2023 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she studied the impact of early life stress on inflammatory bowel disease. She joined the Pluznick lab in September of 2023. In her free time she enjoys music, hiking, and going to breweries and museums.
Brittni graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine in 2016. She then worked as a Cancer Research Training Fellow with the National Institutes of Health until her matriculation into the CMP program in the fall of 2019. Brittni officially joined the Pluznick family in May of 2020. Her interests include: yoga, […]
Mackenzie’s first exposure to lab research began as an undergraduate at UCSB where he studied reproductive diapause in fruit flies. After earning his degree in 2018, Mackenzie transitioned into small molecule development while working at City of Hope and Oncovalent Therapeutics. Outside of the lab, you can find him rock climbing or playing beach volleyball.
Jiaojiao Xu graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with her PhD in Oct of 2017, where she studied the modulation of salty taste in human taste cells by dipeptides. She joined the lab in October of 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow, and was promoted to Research Associate in July 2023.
Jen Pluznick received her Ph.D. in Renal Physiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE) in 2005. She then spent five years training as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (New Haven, CT), where she studied both renal physiology and sensory biology systems (in particular, olfaction). Jen is interested in better understanding the […]