BioDr. Bode and his team are dedicated to research on breastfeeding and human milk in general and Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) in particular. Their main objectives are to elucidate (i) how milk components are synthesized in the mother’s mammary gland, (ii) how milk composition is affected by external factors such as nutrition, pathogens, or medications, (iii) how milk components affect immediate as well as long-term health and development of infants and mothers, and (iv) how they can serve as natural templates for the development of preventatives, therapeutics, and diagnostics for people of all ages.
Dr. Bode is the Endowed Chair of Collaborative Human Milk Research and the founding director of the UC San Diego Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE). MOMI CORE's mission is to create an engine of discovery focused on understanding human milk by fostering collaborative investigation across research, education and clinical practice to improve the health and development of infants, mothers and people of all ages.