Dr. Bo Lönnerdal has an active research program in pediatric nutrition at University of California, Davis, where he has mentored a large number of students and visiting scientists from all over the world. Dr. Lönnerdal’s research has focused on bioactive components in breast milk, the effect of breast milk on the recipient infant and mechanisms underlying the protection against infection. He has done substantial research on infant formulas and performed clinical studies on breast-fed and formula-fed infants. His research also includes the micronutrients iron and zinc: how they are secreted into milk and how they are utilized from breast milk and formula by the infant. He has extensive collaborative projects in China, Peru and Sweden.
He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in biochemistry from University of Uppsala in Sweden, and has been Professor of Nutrition at UCD since 1980. Dr. Lönnerdal has published more than 700 scientific articles, book chapters and books and is currently a member of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). He is on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals and has served on several Expert Panels for the WHO.