The Bode Lab
The Bode Lab


Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) are the third most abundant component of human breast milk. We are just now beginning to understand how these complex sugars benefit the breast-fed infant (Bode 2006Bode 2009Bode 2012). 


The goal of our research is to answer two very fundamental questions regarding HMO:

  • How are HMO synthesized in the mother's lactating mammary gland?
  • How do HMO benefit the breast-fed infant and potentially also the breast-feeding mother?


Our lab uses a multidisciplinary collaborative approach that combines preclinical studies and human cohort studies with the goal to identify structure-function relationships in a variety of clinical contexts related to maternal and infant health.


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Dedicated to Research on Human Milk Oligosaccharides

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