1207 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, Il 61801
Due to it's striking similarities to the human with regard to brain and gastrointestinal development, we use the domestic pig as a biomedical model for studying early-life nutrition. My research focuses on the relationship between early-life nutrition and cognitive development. Specifically, the role and mechanisms involved in prebiotic-mediated improvements to cognition. Human milk contains the most concentrated and diverse range of oligosaccharides of mammalian milk. These human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) have various functions, and some are believed to promote brain development, however the mechanisms are unknown.
Awards and Honors
Egg Nutrition Center Dissertation Fellowship
Neuroscience Program Fellowship
Additional Campus Affiliations
Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory