• Meet the Lab


    Helen Jones Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Helen received her Ph.D. at the Rowett Research Institute, University of Aberdeen and moved to the University of Cincinnati as a post-doctoral fellow studying placental function in obesity in pregnancy with Drs Thomas Jansson and Theresa Powell. In 2009 she moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to pursue a research associateship with Dr. Timothy Crombleholme in placental gene therapy. In 2010 Helen was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children’s and received a University of Cincinnati Research Council collaborative grant in 2011 and an NICHD K99/R00 grant in 2012 to establish an independent laboratory.

    Helen Jones, PhD


    Kathryn Owens B.S

    Research Assistant II

    Kathryn is an active member of the lab also using in vitro models and mouse surgical techniques to investigate the effects of intraplecental gene transfer of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) on placental insufficiency.  She assists in maintaining the lab and ensuring it is up to code.

    Kathryn Owens B.S


    Weston Troja B.S

    Research Assistant II

    Wes investigates the effects of intraplacental gene transfer of insulin-like growth factor-1 on placental insufficiency. Using in vitro models and mouse surgical techniques, he studies the role of IGF-1 in placental signaling, crosstalk and nutritional transport. Wes is also responsible for maintenance of the laboratory and ensuring safety regulation adherence with radiation safety, IACUC and IBC.

    Weston Troja, B.S.