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News Blog -2023

December 19, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Cell Host & Microbe

162. Buzun E, Hsu CY, Sejane K, Oles RE, Vasquez Ayala A, Loomis LR, Zhao J, Rossitto LA, McGrosso DM, Gonzalez DJ, Bode L, Chu H (2023) A bacterial sialidase mediates early life colonization by a pioneering gut commensal. Cell Host & Microbe (Accepted) [Research Article]

December 14, 2023

Farewell to Visiting Graduate Student, Anna Samarra

December 14, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Pediatric Research

161. Atayde AMP, Kapoor NR, Cherkerzian S, Olson I, Andrews C, Lee AC, Sen S, Bode L, Drouin K, Bell K, Inder T, Belfort MB (2023) Lactoferrin intake from maternal milk during the neonatal hospitalization and early brain development among preterm infants. Pediatric Research (Accepted) [Research Article]

November 15, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Pediatric Research

160. Loutet MG, Narimani A, Qamar H, Yonemitsu C, Pell LG, Al Mahmud A, Ahmed T, Bode L, Bassani DG, Roth DE (2023) Associations between human milk oligosaccharides and infant growth in a Bangladeshi mother-infant cohort. Pediatric Research (Accepted) [Research Article]

November 14, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

159. Cochrane K, Bone J, Karakochuk C, Bode L (2023) Human milk oligosaccharide composition following supplementation with folic acid vs (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid during pregnancy and mediation by human milk folate forms. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Accepted) [ Research Article]

October 6, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Breastfeeding Medicine

158. Delgado D, Stellwagen L, McCune SSejane K, Bode L (2023) Experience of Induced Lactation in a Transgender Woman: Analysis of Human Milk Macronutrients and Oligosaccharides. Breastfeeding Medicine (Accepted) [Research Article]

September 26, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Advances in Nutrition

157. Brockway M, Daniel AI, Reyes SM, Gauglitz JM, Granger M, McDermid JM, Chan D, Refvik R, Sidhu KK, Musse S, Patel P, Monnin C, Lotoski L, Geddes DT, Jehan F, Kolsteren P, Bode L, Eriksen KG, Allen LH, Hampel D, Rodriguez N, Azad MB (2023) Human milk bioactive components and child growth and body composition in the first 2 years: a systematic review. Advances in Nutrition (Accepted)

September 1, 2023

Bode lab / MOMI CORE participate in 2nd GHMRC meeting in Oxford, UK

August 28, 2023

Lars gives a talk at the NEC Symposium in San Diego

August 23, 2023

Lars gives a talk at the 2nd HMO Science Forum in Tokyo, Japan

August 20, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Breastfeeding Medicine

156. Clark AE, Furst ASejane K, Stellwagen L, Proost M, Pride D, Smith D, Carlin AF, Bode L (2023) Validating tools to detect and inactivate Monkeypox virus (MPXV) in human milk. Breastfeeding Medicine (Accepted) [Research Article]

August  17, 2023

The lab takes a beach day

August  17, 2023

Part of the Bode lab visits the UC Health Milk Bank

August 16, 2023

Bode lab welcomes Anna Samarra Mas visiting from Spain 

Anna Samarra Mas is a graduate student with our collaborator Dr. MCarmen Collado at the  Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) in Valencia, Spain, and is visiting the lab on a European fellowship from August 16 to the middle of December.


Anna's main research focus is to study the maternal-infant resistome and mobilome, as well as the role of human milk as a potential source of antimicrobial resistance genes.

August 11, 2023

Bode lab visits the UC San Diego Health NICU

August 7, 2023

Dr. Sarah Nyquist visits the lab

July 17, 2023

Bode lab welcomes TEP Awardee Sara Shama

Sara Shama is visiting the Bode lab on an ISRHML / FLRF Trainee Expansion Program Travel Award.


Sara is a registered dietitian who is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Under the supervision of Dr. Deborah O'Connor, her work focuses on understanding the impact of the human milk microbiota and oligosaccharides on the microbial colonization of preterm very low birth weight infants. This research aims to shed light on the intricate mechanisms that influence the establishment and development of the gut microbiome in preterm infants, with the ultimate goal of improving the health outcomes of this vulnerable population.

June 21, 2023

Lars speaks at Global Breastfeeding & Lactation Symposium Series 2023

June 21, 2023

Breanne graduates with B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry and a minor in General Biology

June 4-9, 2023

Part of the lab actively participates in Human Milk Bioactives conference

Members of the lab actively participate in the 5th FASEB Science Research Conference on Human Milk Bioactives in Melbourne, Florida, June 4-9, 2023


Lars serves as conference organizer and chair. Annalee chairs a session on Career Development. Lars and Simone each present their work in a talk. Annalee, Kammy, Kristy and Simone also each present a poster. Kristy, Kammy and Simone serve as A/V support volunteers.

May 31, 2023

Part of the lab hikes Mt Woodson

May 25, 2023

Bode lab welcomes Marianna (Anna) Oliva as new Staff Research Associate

"Hello, my name is Anna and I'm your new SRA2 team member. My personal interests include antique restorations & Coin collecting and gardening.

I'm a San Diego native and have over 10 years of experience in custom breeding as an Animal Technician. I'm looking forward to this new transition and am very excited to be a part of this creative team.

I believe research is only as great as the team working on its strategies and I look forward to collaborating with you all."

May 24, 2023

"The Pediatrician next Door" Podcast 

"The Surprising Health benefits of Human Milk - with Dr. Lars Bode" - available as Apple Podcast or on Spotify

May 19, 2023

Lars speaks at ESPGHAN 55th Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria

May 18, 2023

Bre presents her work at UC San Diego Chem Symposium

May 10, 2023

Lars speaks at 2nd Congreso Internacional de Lactancia Materna in Santiago, Chile

May 5, 2023

Bode lab welcomes Kennedy Spann as new Staff Research Associate

"Hello, my name is Kennedy! As a recent graduate from UC Davis, I knew I had to make my way back to San Diego, my beloved hometown, and I'm thrilled to finally be back. I'm always looking for new ways to stay active and make the most of my free time, whether it's by diving into a good book, exploring the outdoors, or challenging myself with my latest hobby: pickleball. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and am thrilled to be joining this amazing team."

May 2, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in The Journal of Nutrition

154. McCune S, Khwajazada SYerabandi NBode L, Belfort M, Todd D, Perrin M (2023) The influence of human milk oligosaccharides on common methods for measuring lactose and total carbohydrates in human milk. J Nutr (Accepted)

March 30, 2023

Bode lab at HMI Launch & Symposium

March 30, 2023

Human Milk Institute highlighted in LA Times

The LA Times highlights the launch of UC San Diego's new Human Milk Institute, directed by Lars.


Read the full article HERE.

March 29, 2023

HMI hosts Milk Banking Best Practices Workshop in San Diego

March 28, 2023

MOMI CORE hosts annual GHMRC meeting in San Diego

UC San Diego's Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE) hosts the annual meeting of the Global Human Milk Research Consortium (GHMRC) in San Diego. GHMRC is supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

March 20, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in PLOS ONE

153. Perrin MT, Mansen K, Israel-Ballard K, Richter S, Bode L, Hampel D, Shahab-Ferdows S, Allen LH, Mena P, Njuguna E, Tran HT, Wesolowska A (2023) Investigating donor human milk composition globally to develop effective strategies for the nutritional care of preterm infants: Study protocol. PLOS ONE (Accepted)

March 3, 2023

Interview with Nikki Hancocks at Probiota in Barcelona

February 14, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

152. Mansell T, Furst A, O’Hely M, Chang M, Ponsonby AL, Vuillermin P, Tang MLK, Burgner D, Saffery R, Bode L, on behalf of the Barwon Infant Study Investigator Group (2023) Age-dependent associations of human milk oligosaccharides with body size and composition up to 4 years of age. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Accepted) [Research Article]

February 9, 2023

Lars speaks at Probiota 2023 in Barcelona, Spain

January 26, 2023

Manuscript accepted for publication in Nutrients

151. Berger Pk, Ong ML, Bode L, Belfort MB (2023)  Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Infant Neurodevelopment: A Narrative Review. Nutrients (Accepted)  [Review]

January 5, 2023

Lars presents Pediatrics Grand Rounds at Oklahoma Children's Hospital

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