Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Jennifer Plank, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Jennifer Plank, Ph.D., joined the ORWH as a full time staff member in 2015. Prior to her position at the ORWH, Dr. Plank completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the section on gene regulation in the Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She focused on using molecular biology and next generation sequencing to identify factors required for definitive erythropoiesis and human fetal-to-adult hemoglobin switching. While completing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Plank detailed in the ORWH one day per week where she supported the activities of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. Before coming to the NIH, she received a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental biology from Vanderbilt University where she studied factors that regulate beta cell mass expansion and embryonic stem cell properties. Dr. Plank is excited to apply her scientific training to the initiatives and programs at ORWH.