2019 MOMI Seeds

The second request for MOMI Seeds pilot grant proposals closed on October 15, 2018, and we received a total of 16 applications​. Six of them are revised applications that did not get funded in the first round; the other ten applications are new project proposals. Thus, together with the 27 applications submitted in the first round, we received a total of 37 unique project proposals from UC San Diego investigators over the past two rounds combined, 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.


​Number of Applications Submitted 

$2​50, 000

Research funds awarded


Number of awards granted 

2019 Awardees

​Robert H Tukey, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology
"Human breast milk induces neonatal hyperbilirubinemia"

​Amy Non, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
"Epigenetics in longitudinal breast milk, maternal mental health, and child growth"

​Meghan O. Altman, PhD

Assistant Project Scientist (PI: Pascal Gagneux, PhD), Department of Pathology
"Do breast milk components protect against current influenza strains?"

​Bernd Schnabl, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine
"The role of fucose metabolism for obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease"

​Kathryn Patras, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (PI: Victor Nizet, MD), Department of Pediatrics
"Investigating the use of breast milk components to control Group B Streptococcus vaginal colonization

2019 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 percentages 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 2019 cycle invited submissions and received applications with relevance to the following RPAs:

pie chart for percentagese of applications 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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