The O’Tierney-Ginn lab conducts translational studies of placental lipid transport in the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Our overall interest is to understand the effect of the maternal nutritional environment (metabolism, diet, body composition) on placental function, and fetal nutrient delivery and growth.

Our work is highly translational – we have a ‘bedside-to-bench’ approach – following women during pregnancy with the intention of understanding how her unique metabolic milieu affects her baby’s growth and future health. We believe this relationship is mediated by adaptive alterations in placental function and nutrient delivery, that are assessed in our lab using techniques ranging from basic molecular biology to mass spectrophotometry. For more details, please see our “projects” page.