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Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH

Programs + Specialties
Training + Education Tulane University School of Medicine; Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Brown University School of Medicine
Board Certifications Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
NPI # 1477590511
Gender Female
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2021, Received Secondary Appointment as TUSM Professor of OBGYN
2020, Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Member, Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program
2020, Member, NICHD Neonatal Research Network External Advisory Committee
2020, Promoted to Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine
2020, American Medical Association Inspiration Award
2020, Appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Therapeutics
2019, TEDx Speaker
2019, NICHD Study Section Member, Pregnancy & Neonatology
2019, True Blue Award Recipient, Tufts Medical Center
2019, Elected to American Pediatric Society
2018, Appointed to Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization’s Board of Trustees Governance Committee
2017, Appointed Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute
2016, PRS Associate Member Lecturer
2016, Appointed Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, Tufts Children's Hospital at Tufts Medical Center
2016, Named Interim Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute, Tufts Medical Center
2015, Received Mentor Award from the New England Perinatal Society
2014, Founded and Inaugurated the North American Saliva Symposium (NASS), an Interdisciplinary Meeting of over 80 Participants and World Leaders in Salivary Research covering the fields of Dentistry, Medicine, and Industry
2013, Received the Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation
2012, Selected as one of four early career speakers for the Annual Perinatal Research Society Meeting

For a complete list, view Dr. Maron's PubMed

Maron JL, Jones GB. How sensors, devices, and biomarkers can transform precision medicine: perspectives from a clinical and translational science institute. Clin Ther 2018;40:345-348.

Khanna P, Maron JL, Walt DR. Development of a rapid salivary proteomic platform for oral feeding readiness in the preterm newborn. Front Pediatr 2017;5:268.

Maron JL. Forgotten No More: How policy guideline changes are bringing newborns, infants, and children to the forefront of drug discovery and testing. Clin Ther 2017;39:1918-1919.

Barlow SM, Maron JL, Alterovitz G, Song D, Wilson BJ, Jegatheesan P, Govindaswami B, Lee J, Rosner AO. Somatosensory modulation of salivary gene expression and oral feeding in preterm infants: Randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res Protoc 2017;6:e113. doi: 10.2196/resprot.7712.

Hassaneen M, Maron JL. Salivary diagnostics in pediatrics: Applicability, translatability, and limitations. Front Public Health 2017;5:83.

Khanna P, Johnson KL, Maron JL. Optimal reference genes for RT-qPCR normalization in the newborn. Biotech Histochem 2017;92:459-466.

Bringing salivary diagnostics into the 21st century. Maron JL. Clin Ther. 2015 Mar 1;37(3):496-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2015.02.007. Epub 2015 Mar 5. No abstract available. PMID: 25748292

Computational gene expression modeling identifies salivary biomarker analysis that predict oral feeding readiness in the newborn. Maron JL, Hwang JS, Pathak S, Ruthazer R, Russell RL, Alterovitz G. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb;166(2):282-8.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.10.065. PMID: 25620512

Detection and potential utility of C-reactive protein in saliva of neonates. Iyengar A, Paulus JK, Gerlanc DJ, Maron JL. Front Pediatr. 2014 Nov 21;2:131. doi: 10.3389/fped.2014.00131. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25485262

Performing discovery-driven neonatal research by transcriptomic analysis of routinely discarded biofluids. Maron JL, Dietz JA, Parkin C, Johnson KL, Bianchi DW. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Dec;25(12):2507-11. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2012.717126. Epub 2012 Aug 27. PMID: 22920923

Insights into Neonatal Oral Feeding through the Salivary Transcriptome. Maron JL. Int J Pediatr. 2012;2012:195153. doi: 10.1155/2012/195153. Epub 2012 Jul 10. PMID: 22844301 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

Neuropeptide Y2 receptor (NPY2R) expression in saliva predicts feeding immaturity in the premature neonate. Maron JL, Johnson KL, Dietz JA, Chen ML, Bianchi DW. PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e37870. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037870. Epub 2012 May 21. PMID: 22629465

Selected Presentations

“Sex Matters: Uncovering the Molecular Mechanisms for Disparities in Neonatal Clinical Outcomes through Salivary Gene Expression Analysis.” University of Los Angeles, January, 2019, Los Angeles, CA.

“Tackling and Appreciating Biological Variability in Neonatal Salivary Gene Expression Analysis.” North American Saliva Symposium, Houston, TX, October, 2018.

“Can Salivary Microbial Colonization Predict Disease Outcome in the Newborn North American?” Saliva Symposium, Portland, OR. September, 2017.

“The Promises and Challenges of Integrating Salivary Diagnostics into Newborn Care, First Asia-Pacific Saliva Symposium,” Guangzhou, China February, 2017.

“The (RNA) Sequence of Events: Using Advanced Genetic Platforms to Uncover Disruptive Developmental Pathways Affecting Oral Feeding Success in the Newborn.” Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, May, 2017, San Francisco, CA

“Can Salivary Microbial Colonization Predict Disease Outcome in the Newborn?” North American Saliva Symposium, Portland, OR, September, 2017.

“Advancing Pediatric Salivary Diagnostics – One Drop at a Time.” 3rd Annual North American Saliva Symposium, New York, New York , December, 2016.

“Translating the Transcriptome: Insights into Neonatal Oral Feeding through the Salivary Gene Expression Analysis.”Neonatal Grand Rounds, Washington University, St. Louis, July 2015.

North American Saliva Symposium, Seattle, WA

“Beyond Childhood Caries: The Clinical Implications of Salivary Diagnostics in the Pediatric Population” December, 2015.

“Bringing Salivary Diagnostics to the Neonatal Bedside.” Perinatal Research Society, Itasca IL, September, 2016.

Dr. Maron

Dr. Jill Maron MIRI Exec. Dir. to become Women & Infants Chief of Pediatrics

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Targeted genome sequencing may help diagnose genetic abnormalities in neonates and infants

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Jill Maron, MD conducts research at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

$3.6 million dollar grant to study salivary profiling in infants treated for suspected sepsis

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Tufts MC study shows salivary biomarkers predict readiness to feed by mouth in premature babies.

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Jill Maron, MD conducts research at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

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Secrets from the saliva of newborns

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NICHD R01HD097081-01A1
Salivary Diagnostics for Sepsis Screening in the Newborn
The overall goal of this multi-center research grant is to integrate the first comprehensive, ultra-sensitive multiplexed salivary sepsis-screening platform into neonatal care.
Role: Multi-site Principal Investigator

NIH National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the (U01TR002271)
08/15/2018 – 07/31/2023
Precision Medicine in the Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders in Neonates.
The overall goal of this multi-center research study is to study the integration of targeted genomic sequencing into neonatal diagnosis and care.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

NICHD (R01 HD086088-01)
Somatosensory Modulation of Salivary Gene Expression and Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants.
The overall goal of this multi-center research proposal is to pair the expertise of Co-PIs Drs. Steven Barlow and Jill Maron to develop an innovative, novel, personalized and integrative approach that directly addresses the important need for oral feeding treatment strategies for the extremely premature infant population.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

A Molecular Assessment of the Consequences of Preterm Birth
NICHD R01 HD076140-04
The aim of this study is to further our understanding of the causes of short-term complications and longer-term health outcomes following preterm birth through comprehensive transcriptomic analyses of cord blood.
Role: Co-Investigator

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Award
FOXP2 Gene Expression Levels: A Noninvasive Biomarker to Predict both Oral Feeding and Speech-Language Success.
The goal of this grant is to explore the relationship between quantitative levels of FOXP2 in neonatal saliva and oral feeding and speech language outcomes in the premature newborn.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Gerber Foundation

NOuRISH Platform: Neonatal Oral-feeding Readiness In High-throughput Salivary Diagnostics
The goal of this grant is to test a novel high-throughput salivary transcriptomic platform for the accurate and objective determination of oral-readiness to feed in the newborn population.
Role: Principal Investigator

K08 NIH/NICHD (K08HD059819)
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease.
The goal of this study is to generate, through the use of noninvasive neonatal salivary transcriptomic profiles, important and novel genomic and proteomic data that will allow for comprehensive analysis of neonatal developmental and pathological pathways and protein networks. We aim to identify key biomarkers that may predict neonatal feeding complications, aid in our understanding of such complications, and become gene targets for future therapy.
Role: Principal Investigator

Tufts University Sch. of Med. Earl P. Charlton Fund Research Award
Understanding Developmental Transcriptional Regulation in Premature Neonates Learning to Feed.
The goal of this grant was to better understand transcriptional regulatory processes as they relate to neonatal feeding morbidities.
Role: Principal Investigator

Child Health Research Award
Charles H. Hood Foundation
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease.
This goal of this grant was to identify key neurological and neuromuscular regulatory pathways involved in the learning process of oral feeding in premature neonates through salivary gene expression profiles.
Role: Principal Investigator

Pediatric Research Grant
Tufts Medical Center
The goal of this grant was to identify potential biomarkers in the neonatal salivary transcriptome that would provide insight into a newborn’s readiness to feed, feeding intolerance, and gastrointestinal pathology.
Role: Principal Investigator

Natalie V. Zucker Award
Tufts University School of Medicine
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease. The goal of this grant was to test the hypothesis that neonatal salivary gene expression analyses would provide novel information about a newborn’s readiness to feed, feeding intolerance, and gastrointestinal pathology.
Role: Principal Investigator