Welcome to the Donovan Laboratory website. Our laboratory conducts basic and translational research in the area of pediatric nutrition. There is no other time in life when the provision of appropriate nutrition is of greater importance than during infancy and childhood. 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 development of neonates and prevention of childhood obesity and picky eating in 2-5 year old children.