Shannon Kelleher


Is “breastfeeding best”, or is human milk “conditionally perfect”?

Research in the Kelleher Lab is focused on understanding the molecular consequences of diet, genetics, and environmental exposures on human milk and lactation physiology. Our research utilizes functional genomics and biomolecular studies in cultured cells to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate mammary gland function and lactation.

Current projects in our lab focus on 1) effects of maternal genotype on lactation and the functional characterization of genetic variants on breast cell function; 2) roles of miRNAs as biomolecular regulators of lactation biology; and 3) the development of novel non-invasive biomarkers to diagnose and treat lactation-associated disorders.