Lars Bode, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Originally from Hameln, Germany, Dr. Bode earned his Nutritional Sciences from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany, and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Health, University College London where he studied the effects of Human Milk Oligosaccharides on selectin-mediated cell-cell interaction in the immune system. Dr. Bode completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, California, where he made major contributions in elucidating the central role of heparan sulfate proteoglycans and heparin in pathogenesis and therapy of protein-losing enteropathy. Currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in-residence in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, at UC San Diego, Dr. Bode is developing a new research program to elucidate functions and biosynthesis of Human Milk Oligosaccharides. Lars is Chair of the Lactation Research Interest Section (RIS) for the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and a Counsel Member on the Executive Committee for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML).


Dr. Bode's research focuses on elucidating functions and biosynthesis of human milk oligosaccharides. These complex glycans are highly abundant in human breast milk, but not in infant formula. The Bode lab uses in vitro and in vivo models to study how human milk oligosaccharides affect and benefit the breast-fed infant. In addition, the Bode lab studies how these oligosaccharides are synthesized in the lactating mammary gland.

Detailed information about the Bode lab, the team, and the research program can be found at The Bode Lab website.

Bode on PubMed