2018 MOMI Seeds

The first request for MOMI Seeds pilot grant proposals closed on October 15, 2017, and we received a total of 27 applications​, highlighting the immense interest in and potential for human milk and lactation research at UC San Diego and emphasizing the high demand for additional funding in this critical line of research.


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2018 Awardees

​John Chang, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
"Using single-cell RNA-sequencing to elucidate effects and mechanisms of osteopontin on gut health and immunity"

​Lars Eckmann, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine
"Control of intestinal microbiome and gut physiology by human milk oligosaccharides"

​Martina Wallace, PhD

Project Scientist (PI: Christian Metallo, PhD), Department of Bioengineering
"Determination of the location of branched chain fatty acids (BCFAs) in the breast milk lipidome and their impact on microbiota composition"

​Richard Haas, MD

Professor, Department of Neurosciences and Department of Pediatrics
"The impact of breast milk provision in neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and/or seizures on neurodevelopmental outcome and on fetal maternal bonding"

2018 Program Summary

UC San Diego faculty members were eligible to apply. UC San Diego Postdoctoral Fellows, Medical Fellows, and Residents (Trainees) were also encouraged to apply, but needed to be sponsored by a UC San Diego faculty member.

pie charts for percentagese of applications by investigator level and by department

Specific Research Priority Areas (RPAs) are assigned for each application cycle based on the short- and long-term strategic goals of the center. The 2018 cycle invited submissions and received applications with relevance to the following RPAs:

pie chart for application percentages by research priority area

Each application was assigned to two out of eleven independent peer-reviewers who scored the applications based on relevance to the respective Research Priority Area, innovation, investigator(s), approach and scientific rigor, feasibility, as well as potential for extramural funding.

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