Lactoferrin and Osteopontin in neonatal intestinal development by Prof. Sharon Donovan

In this episode, Professor Sharon Donovan, scientific Expert and Director of Research at the University of Illinois- USA, gives an introduction on the fascinating subject of two essential human milk compounds: Lactoferrin & Osteopontin. For this, she highlights the importance of postnatal gastrointestinal (GIT) development and the interdependence of intestinal, microbial and immune development. She also explains the role of human milk bioactive, why and how they should be studied, and then takes a deeper dive into lactoferrin and osteopontin. 


Dr. Donovan received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition at the University of California at Davis and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Donovan teaches both basic and advanced nutrition and has ~ 225 peer-reviewed publications and book. Her research efforts have been recognized by both national and international organizations with several awards, and her graduate students have been the recipients of prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards for their research accomplishments. She served as President of the American Society for Nutrition for 2011-2012 and served as the President of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) for 2018-2020.

For more information, you can consult Dr Donovan’s lab website