Dr. Lars Bode is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Bode received his PhD in Nutrition from the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. He completed a predoctoral fellowship in immunology at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Department of Infection and Immunity at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK, and a postdoctoral fellowship in glycobiology at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA.
Lab Focus: Biosynthesis and Functions of Human Milk Oligosaccharides
Human breast milk is considered the gold standard for newborn and infant nutrition. It provides the baby with nutrients to grow and contains bioactive components that promote infant health and development. 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 2006, Bode 2009, Bode 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?
The Bode 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.
For more information about the Bode lab, please visit http://www.bodelab.com.