Owen Vaughan, PhD

Division of Reproductive Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

BA Natural Sciences (2008)
PhD Perinatal Physiology (2011), University of Cambridge, UK

Research Complex 2
12700 East 19th Avenue
Room 3420A, MS 8613
Aurora, CO 80045

Research Interests
My research concerns the endocrine regulation of placental and fetal metabolism, and the developmental programming of cardiometabolic disease. In particular, my work focuses on the role of the placenta in mediating the effects of environmental factors like maternal nutrition, stress, obesity and hypoxia on intrauterine development. I am currently studying the role of fetal circulating microRNAs in the developmental origins of heart disease.​

Full List of Publications

Recent Publications

  1. Vaughan OR, Thompson F, Lorca RA, Julian CG, Powell TL, Moore LG, Jansson T. Effect of high altitude on human placental amino acid transport. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2020 Jan 01; 128(1):127-133. PMID: 31804891.
  2. Vaughan OR, Powell TL, Jansson T. Glucocorticoid regulation of amino acid transport in primary human trophoblast cells. J Mol Endocrinol. 2019 Nov; 63(4):239-248. PMID: 31505460
  3. Vaughan OR, Rosario FJ, Powell TL, Jansson T. Normalisation of circulating adiponectin levels in obese pregnant mice prevents cardiac dysfunction in adult offspring. Int J Obes (Lond). 2020 02; 44(2):488-499. PMID: 31076636.
  4. Vaughan OR, Powell TL, Jansson T. Apelin is a novel regulator of human trophoblast amino acid transport. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2019 05 01; 316(5):E810-E816. PMID: 30835509.
  5. Sferruzzi-Perri AN, Higgins JS, Vaughan OR, Murray AJ, Fowden AL. Placental mitochondria adapt developmentally and in response to hypoxia to support fetal growth. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 01 29; 116(5):1621-1626. PMID: 30655345.
  6. Vaughan OR, Rossi CA, Ginsberg Y, White A, Hristova M, Sebire NJ, Martin J, Zachary IC, Peebles DM, David AL. Perinatal and long-term effects of maternal uterine artery adenoviral VEGF-A165 gene therapy in the growth-restricted guinea pig fetus. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2018 08 01; 315(2):R344-R353. PMID: 29847165.
  7. Vaughan OR, De Blasio MJ, Fowden AL. Ovine uteroplacental and fetal metabolism during and after fetal cortisol overexposure in late gestation. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2018 06 01; 314(6):R791-R801. PMID: 29443545.
  8. Musial B, Vaughan OR, Fernandez-Twinn DS, Voshol P, Ozanne SE, Fowden AL, Sferruzzi-Perri AN. A Western-style obesogenic diet alters maternal metabolic physiology with consequences for fetal nutrient acquisition in mice. J Physiol. 2017 07 15; 595(14):4875-4892. PMID: 28382681.
  9. Vaughan OR, Rosario FJ, Powell TL, Jansson T. Regulation of Placental Amino Acid Transport and Fetal Growth. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2017; 145:217-251. PMID: 28110752.
  10. Vaughan OR, Fowden AL. Placental metabolism: substrate requirements and the response to stress. Reprod Domest Anim. 2016 Oct; 51 Suppl 2:25-35. PMID: 27762057.