Sharon Donovan

Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Illinois. American Society for Nutrition (ASN). USA.


Sharon Donovan received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine, then accepted a faculty position at the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1991. She is currently a Professor and holds the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair. She is actively involved in her professional societies and served as the 2011-2012 President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and is currently President-elect of the International Society of Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML).

The Donovan laboratory conducts basic and translational research in the area of pediatric nutrition. During this phase of life, proper nutrition is of key importance for growth, development and long-term functional outcomes, such as cognition and immune response. On-going work in the lab is focusing on optimizing intestinal and cognitive development of neonates, development of the gut microbiome and prevention of childhood obesity and picky eating in children.