|Milk Science @ UC Davis Genome Center|
Imagine if you only had to drink and eat one thing--a magic potion--and
this magic potion contained all of your necessary calories, macronutrients,
and micronutrients including special molecules that feed good gut bacteria,
an arsenal of both passive and active immune protectors, and stem cells.
This potion also makes you smarter. It makes you happier. And best of all,
this potion is formulated just for you, based on your environment and the
genetics of your mother. This potion is mother's milk.
What is milk, and how do you make it? We study the genes that are responsible
for making milk--those that are expressed in the mammary gland during pregnancy
and lactation--and how these gene products work together to produce
this marvelous fluid.
TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE -- Lactation Success
Nearly 9 in 10 new mothers do not meet breastfeeding goals outlined by the U.S
Surgeon General. We believe that at least part of the problem has a physiological
basis. We use a non-invasive technology to measure the expression of genes in
mammary glands during lactation with the end-goals of developing diagnostics and
TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE -- Human Gut Health
One of the primary functions of colostrum and milk is to establish and maintain
a healthy gut microbiome in the offspring. We develop and apply protocols
for the analysis of microbial and host RNA sequencing data. We use a
non-invasive technology to measure the expression of intestinal cell genes in
response to foods such as milk.
Dr. Lemay is the Founder and Executive Editor of "SPLASH! milk science update",
the monthly e-newsletter of the International Milk Genomics Consortium