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Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH


Overview

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
Accepted Insurances View Accepted Insurances at Tufts MC + Floating Hospital

Locations + Directions

Floating Hospital for Children
Floating Hospital, 2nd Floor
800 Washington St.
Box 44
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-5322
Fax #: 617-636-1456
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
680 Centre St.
Brockton, MA 02302
Phone #: 508-941-7617
Fax #: 508-941-6330
MetroWest Medical Center
115 Lincoln St.
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone #: 508-383-1474
Fax #: 508-383-1548
MelroseWakefield Hospital
585 Lebanon St.
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone #: 781-979-6400
Fax #: 781-979-6410

Honors + Awards

2019, Elected to American Pediatric Society
2019, Appointed Member of Pregnancy and Neonatal Study Section, NICHD
2018, Appointed to Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization’s Board of Trustees Governance Committee
2017, Appointed Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute
2016, Appointed Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, Floating Hospital for Children 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, Appointed Section Editor for Youth and Children at Clinical Therapeutics
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

2012, Received a Gerber Foundation Award for the grant application for "The NOuRISH Platform: Neonatal Oral-Feeding Readiness In Salivary High-Throughput Diagnostics"

2011, Received Charlton Award from Tufts University School of Medicine for the grant application "Understanding developmental transcriptional regulation in premature neonates learning to feed"

2006, NIH Loan Repayment Award, with continued support 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

2003, Haffenreffer Fellow in Medical Sciences – Selected by Faculty for dedication to research and commitment to teaching, Brown Medical School

2003, Teaching Award – selected by Brown Medical School Class of 2003 as one of two Brown University residents as an outstanding teacher

2003, Teaching Award – selected by Resident peers as the outstanding resident teacher in the Pediatric Training Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

2002, Resident Award – Honored as outstanding pediatric resident in the NICU, Hasbro Children's Hospital

2001, Intern Award – Honored as outstanding pediatric intern in the NICU, Hasbro Children's Hospital

2000, Ivy Day Award Nominated by Faculty as the outstanding female representative of the Class of 2000, Tulane School of Medicine

1996, Tulane MD/MPH Scholarship Award – Tulane Medical School

Publications + National Presentations

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.

News, Media + Videos

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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Dr. Jill Maron and Dr. Errol Norwitz receive NICHD committee appointments

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Dr. Bianchi, Dr. Maron and Dr. Norwitz at Working Wonders 2019

MIRI honored at fundraiser

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Group of all MIRI researchers

MIRI researchers on the road

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Jill Maron, MD on tuftsmedicalcenter.tv.

Researchers receive $8 million NIH award

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Giving back: A MIRI college intern, born prematurely at Tufts MC contributes to research on oral feeding difficulties in the newborn.

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Kaley Jenny, intern in the Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, has a connection to the research, but also to Floating Hospital.

MIRI intern connects professionally and personally to Tufts MC and Floating Hospital.

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

Biomarkers predict readiness to feed
Jill Maron, MD conducts research at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Maron was elected to the American Pediatrics Society

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Jill Maron, MD on tuftsmedicalcenter.tv.

Secrets from the saliva of newborns

Watch Dr. Maron's TedX talk

Research Grants

NICHD R01HD097081-01A1
2019-2024
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)
4/1/2016-3/31/2021
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

2013-2018,
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
5/1/16-4/30/17
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

2012-2013
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)
2009-2014
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
2011-2012
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
2009-2011
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
2008-2009
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
2008-2009
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