Dallas lab funded to examine survival of pathogen-specific human milk immunoglobulins in the infant gut

Our lab will be embarking on a new project that will explore the survival of milk immunoglobulins in the infant gut, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will be partnering with Dr. Brian Scottoline at Oregon Health and Sciences University to collect infant digestive samples within the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These samples will be analyzed via peptidomics, immunoaffinity assays and functional testing to determine the survival of pathogen-specific milk immunoglobulins in the infant's digestive tract. The outcome of this research will inform therapeutic approaches for reducing risk of infections to infants living in regions endemic with diarrheal disease.

Posted on November 19, 2017 .