Jennifer Plank
Last active: 4/19/2012


I’m originally from a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I got my bachelor’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2006 in Biological Sciences, after a brief stint as a Chemical Engineering major. While at CMU, I was a teaching assistant in the biological sciences department and performed research with Dr. Amy Csink studying the chromatin structure in Drosophila. I came to Vanderbilt as part of the IGP program in 2006. After completing 3 other rotations, I decided to join the Labosky Lab in March of 2007. I will be working on understanding the role of the stem cell gene Foxd3 in pancreas physiology and beta-cell maintenance. My work is funded by a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Research Grant, and I am on the Molecular Endocrinology Training Program training grant here at Vanderbilt.


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  1. Loss of Foxd3 results in decreased β-cell proliferation and glucose intolerance during pregnancy. Plank JL, Frist AY, LeGrone AW, Magnuson MA, Labosky PA (2011) Endocrinology 152(12): 4589-600
    › Primary publication · 21952247 (PubMed) · PMC3230055 (PubMed Central)
  2. Influence and timing of arrival of murine neural crest on pancreatic beta cell development and maturation. Plank JL, Mundell NA, Frist AY, LeGrone AW, Kim T, Musser MA, Walter TJ, Labosky PA (2011) Dev Biol 349(2): 321-30
    › Primary publication · 21081123 (PubMed) · PMC3019241 (PubMed Central)