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June 1, 2021

Bode lab part of newly awarded NIH R01 Research Grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a new R01 Research Grant to Columbia University to study the impact of a Human Milk Oligosaccharide-based synbiotic in HIV-exposed uninfected children. The Bode lab is excited to contribute to this important intervention trial led by Dr. Rupak Shivakoti.

May 24, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Microorganisms

122. Pace RM, Williams JE, Robertson B, Lackey KA, Meehan CL, Price WJ, Foster JA, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Prentice AM, Kita DG, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, Ruiz L, Rodríguez JM, Pareja RG, McGuire MA, Bode L, McGuire MK (2021Variation in human milk composition is related to differences in milk and infant fecal microbial communities. Microorganisms (Accepted) [Research Article]

May 12, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in ISME Communications

121. Laursen MF, Pekmez CT, Larsson M, Lind MV, Yonemitsu C, Larnkjaer A, Molgaard C, Bode L, Dragsted LO, Michaelsen KF, Licht TR, Bahl MI (2021) Maternal m 1 ilk microbiota and oligosaccharides contribute to the infant gut microbiota assembly. ISME Communications (Accepted) [Research Article]

May 8, 2021

Bloom Yoga at Carlsbad Flower Fields

Bode lab gets together in person (!) for Bloom Yoga at the Carlsbad Flower Fields and picnic in the park...

April 1, 2021

Bode lab part of newly awarded NIH R01 Research Grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a new R01 Research Grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to study the role of the human milk metabolome and microbiome on the transmission of cytomegalovirus (CMV). The Bode lab is excited to contribute to this important project led by Dr. Tatiana Marquez Lago.

March 24, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Allergy

120. Seppo AE, Bu K, Jumabaeva M, Thakar J, Choudhury RA, Yonemitsu CBode L, Martina CA, Allen M, Tamburini S, Piras E, Wallach DS, Looney RJ, Clemente JC, Järvinen KM (2021) Gut Microbiome Enrichment with Bifidobacteria longum ssp. infantis in Old Order Mennonites at Low Risk for Early Childhood Atopic Diseases. Allergy (Accepted) [Research Article]

March 5, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

119. Ruiz L, Rubio CA, Carral CG, Jimenez Quintana E, Lackey KA, McGuire MK, Meehan CL, Foster JA, Sellen DW, Kamau EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Prentice AM, Gindola D, Otoo GE, Pareja RG, Bode L, McGuire MA, Williams J, Rodríguez JM (2021) Comparison of two approaches for the metataxonomic analysis of the human milk microbiome. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (Accepted)

February 9, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology

118. Zhou R, Llorente C, Cao J, Zaramela LS, Zeng S, Gao B, Li SZ, Welch RD, Huang FQ, Qi LQ,  Pan C, Huang Y, Zhou P, Beussen I, Zhang Y, Bryam G, Fiehn O, Wang L, Liu EH, Yu RT, Downes M, Evans RM, Goglin K, Fouts DE, Brenner DA, Bode L, Fan X, Zengler K, Schnabl B (2021) Intestinal α1-2-fucosylation contributes to obesity and steatohepatitis in mice. Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Accepted) [Research Article]

February 4, 2021

Letter on COVID-19 vaccines and breastfeeding published in The Lancet 

"To improve maternal–infant health and maintain public confidence in vaccines in handling this pandemic and preparing for the next, vaccine manufacturers and regulators must work closely with lactation scientists, infectious disease specialists, and public health experts to assess vaccine safety in breastfeeding women at early stages of product development."

"It is encouraging that many nations, including England, are now adopting a more positive tone around vaccine recommendations for breastfeeding women, but in many cases the finer points of the recommendation will still lie with individual providers or institutions."

Click Here to read the letter.

February 3, 2021

Review article on COVID-19 and breastfeeding published in Frontiers 

"The current pandemic has uncovered the urgent and immediate need to invest in research that establishes the safety of human milk and safety at crisis onset. Otherwise, the gap in knowledge leads to fear-based confusion, misinformation, and the amplified risk of breastfeeding cessation despite the well-documented benefits of human milk and breastfeeding."

Click Here to read the article.

January 28, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Nutrients

117. Saben JL, Sims, CR, Abraham A, Bode L, Andres A (2021) Human milk oligosaccharide concentrations and infant intakes are associated with maternal overweight and obesity and predict infant growth. Nutrients (Accepted)  [Research Article]

January 19, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in mSystems

116. Rosa F, Matazel K, Elolimy A, Bowlin A, Williams K, Adams S, Bode L, Yeruva L (2021) Human milk-fed piglets have distinct small intestine and circulatory metabolome profile relative to milk formula-fed piglets. mSystems (Accepted)  [Research Article] 

January 19, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Nutrients

115. Larson JK, Bode L (2021) Obesogenic Programming Effects during Lactation: A Narrative Review and Conceptual Model Focusing on Underlying Mechanisms and Promising Future Research Avenues. Nutrients (Accepted)  [Review] 

January 12, 2021

Manuscript accepted for publication in Lancet

114. Merewood A, Bode L, Davanzo R, Perez-Escamilla R (2021) Breastfeed or be vaccinated – An unreasonable recommendation. Lancet (Accepted)  [Opinion]

January 1, 2021

2020 Recap

2020 has been a challenging year for many of us. Nonetheless, we were able to continue our research on human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and also initiated urgent studies related to the coronavirus pandemic and breastfeeding.


Here are some of the highlights:

  • We published a total of 29 (!) peer-reviewed manuscripts in 2020.
  • As part of our COVID-19 emergency response, we were able to show that SARS-CoV-2 is not transmitted via human milk and that Holder pasteurization inactivates the virus should human milk ever get contaminated (Chambers et al. JAMA 324(13): 1347-1348).
  • We published a Perspective article in Science, highlighting the need for more research to better understand the mother-milk-infant triad with important opportunities to imrpove maternal-child health (Bode et al. Science 367(6482): 1070-1072).
  • Our work on maternal exercise, HMOs, and offspring metabolic phenotype was selected as top 5 Best of Nature Metabolism 2020.
  • Lars presented the lab's research at several conferences around the world - both in person and online.
  • Lars was listed in the top 2% of most cited scientists in the world in the category "Nutrition and Dietetics".
  • Annalee got accepted to the UC San Diego Masters in Clinical Research graduate program.
  • Janneiry, Joae, and Sadaf graduated! - Congratulations!
  • Sadaf got hired as Staff Research Associate.
  • At the beginning of the year we went on an escape room adventure and a frantic quest to resurrect a radioactive professor.
  • The week before the pandemic closed everything down, Master Chef Annalee invited the lab for a 'make-your-own' ravioli pasta party.
  • Due to the pandemic our annual 'Melting Pot' fondue holiday party was hosted online.

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