Dr. Donovan received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition at the University of California at Davis in 1983 and 1988, respectively. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, she joined the faculty at UIUC in February 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition. She was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure and to Full Professor in August 1997 and August 2001, respectively. She served as Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences between 1999 and 2009. Dr. Donovan teaches both basic and advanced nutrition classes to undergraduate and graduate students and has been included on the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" sixteen times for six different courses. Dr. Donovan has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture, and the food and pharmaceutical industry. Her research efforts have been recognized by both national and international organizations with several awards, and her graduate students have been the recipients of prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards for their research accomplishments. She will served as President of the American Society for Nutrition for 2011-2012.
R.D., 1989, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Davis
B.S., 1983, University of California, Davis
Pediatric nutrition with an emphasis on optimizing intestinal function in healthy and compromised neonates.
The early neonatal period is a critical phase of development during which time nutrition can exert both short and long-term effects. Human milk is the optimal form of nutrition for the human infant; however, most babies in the U.S. are not breastfed or only receive breast milk for a short period of time. Formulas provide adequate nutrition, but differ in nutrient composition from breast milk and do not contain the bioactive components (e.g. hormones and growth factors) that are present in breast milk. How these various components influence development and their long-term consequences is largely unknown. Therefore, our research program is directed at understanding the regulation of neonatal development by components present in human milk and infant formula. A primary focus in the laboratory is on neonatal intestinal development and the development of clinically-efficacious therapies (including optimized formulas) to enhance gut function of neonates. We utilize a variety of porcine models of human disease, including parenteral nutrition, rotavirus diarrhea and inflammation. A recent focus in the laboratory is on the impact of human milk oligosaccharides and synthetic prebiotics on intestinal development and gene expression.
NUTR 590 - Disciplinary Concentration Seminar
FSHN 590, 591 - Dietetic Internship I and II
NUTR 550 - Grantsmanship and Ethics
FSHN 520 - Advanced Clinical Nutrition
FSHN 421 - Pediatric Clinical Nutrition
Honors and Awards
International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Future Leader Award
Young Investigator Award
Award for Excellence in Research (College of ACES) and Mead Johnson Award (American Society for Nutritional Sciences)
University Scholar (UIUC)
Melissa N. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health
Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award, Central Illinois Division of the March of Dimes