Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD, U of Illinois

Dr. Sharon Donovan received her PhD in Nutrition at the University of California at Davis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a Professor and Melissa M.Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Research in Dr. Donovan’s lab focuses on optimizing intestinal and cognitive development of neonates, development of the gut microbiome and health outcomes, and prevention of childhood obesity and picky eating in children.

Dr. Donovan has ~ 200 peer-reviewed publications and receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), foundations and the food and pharmaceutical industry. She served as President of the American Society for Nutrition for 2011-2012 and currently serves as the President of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) for 2018-2020.