Kristin R. Melton, MD

Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program, Division of Neonatology

Associate Director, Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Division of Neonatology

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-7844

Fax 513-636-7868



Congenital malformations


Craniofacial malformations; somitogenesis

Craniofacial defects are an important cause of morbidity for children worldwide, with craniofacial defects making up one third of all congenital anomalies and occurring in association with over 100 different genetic syndromes. Cranial neural crest cells are multipotent, migratory cells that form most of the bone, cartilage, connective tissue and peripheral nervous system of the head and face. Craniofacial defects are largely attributed to abnormalities in the formation, migration or differentiation of the neural crest. The cranial neural crest is responsive to the tissues that surround it, however, so craniofacial defects may result from a primary defect in neural crest cells, or from a defect in the tissues that signal to neural crest.

Kristin Melton, MD, has an interest in studying the tissues that signal to the neural crest, such as the endothelium and cranial mesoderm, and the signaling pathways utilized by these tissues. Using embryo culture techniques, cell culture and transgenic mouse models, Dr. Melton is investigating the interaction between the endothelium and the neural crest. Microarray has also been used to identify a number of mesoderm-specific genes that may play key roles in craniofacial development.

Dr. Melton is a practicing neonatologist and attends at the RCNIC in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her clinical interests include newborns with complex congenital anomalies and genetic defects, as well as a focus on family-centered care.

BA: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1991.

MD: University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, 1995.

Residency: Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, 1998.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

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Gibb S, Zagorska A, Melton K, Tenin G, Vacca I, Trainor P, Maroto M, Dale JK. Interfering with Wnt signalling alters the periodicity of the segmentation clock. Dev Biol. 2009 Jun 1;330(1):21-31.

Nesslein LL, Melton KR, Ikegami M, Na CL, Wert SE, Rice WR, Whitsett JA, Weaver TE. Partial SP-B deficiency perturbs lung function and causes air space abnormalities. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2005 Jun;288(6):L1154-61.

Melton KR, Nesslein LL, Ikegami M, Tichelaar JW, Clark JC, Whitsett JA, Weaver TE. SP-B deficiency causes respiratory failure in adult mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2003 Sep;285(3):L543-9.

Melton K, Akinbi HT. Neonatal jaundice. Strategies to reduce bilirubin-induced complications. Postgrad Med. 1999 Nov;106(6):167-8, 171-4, 177-8.