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2021 MOMI Seeds

This marks the 4th round of our MOMI Seeds pilot grant program, and despite the coronavirus pandemic changing the way we live and work this year, we continue to provide seed funding to UC San Diego investigators interested in human milk research. 

  •  MOMI Seeds Pilot Grants - four Research Priority Areas
    •  Gut Health: effects of breastfeeding or intake of human milk components on gut health
    •  Analytical Technologies: applying analytical technologies to human milk research
    •  Social and Educational Studies: research related to social, educational and knowledge management aspects of human milk and lactation
    •  "Milk Moonshot": an innovative and creative idea for a project related to human milk and breastfeeding that does not fit in any of the other Research Priority Areas

In addition to this year's MOMI Seeds pilot grants, we have provided resources and analyses for several local and international research projects related to COVID-19.

2021 Awardees


​Itay Budin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
"Membrane Biophysics of the Human Milk Fat Globule"


​Hiutung Chu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
"Shaping the Infant Gut: The Microbiome & Human Milk Oligosaccharides"


​Karsten Zengler, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
"Identifying In Vivo HMO Utilization by Infant Gut Microbiota using a Novel Method to Determine Microbial Niches"

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