Olesya Plazyo, PhD, joined the U-M Department of Dermatology faculty as a Research Investigator in the fall of 2021. She is a member of the Autoimmunity/Immunogenetics in Skin Research Program in the laboratory of Dr. Johann Gudjonsson. Dr. Plazyo is pursuing research focused on deciphering the molecular mechanisms of autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases affecting skin and beyond, with a special focus on sexual dimorphism in immune response.
Dr. Plazyo received her PhD in Physiology, with a concentration in reproductive immunology, from the NICHD Perinatology Research Branch and Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed postdoctoal training in cellular cardiology and immunology at Wayne State University, before joining the U-M Department of Dermatology in 2019 as a postdoctoal research fellow.
Areas of Interest
- Female-biased autoimmunity and inflammation and mechanisms of female-specific immune responses that may underlie the sex differences in disease
- Animal models of disease
- Genome-wide transcriptome analyses
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2002-2006
- Master of Science (MS), Molecular Biology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2007-2012
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Physiology (concentration in reproductive immunology), NICHD Perinatology Research Branch and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 2013-2016
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cellular cardiology and immunology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2016-2019
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NIH T32 Training Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 2019-2021