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2018-2019 Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant

In its 7th year, the 2018-2019 Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant is accepting applications!

Danone North America (“Danone”), will award0 $25,000 to two graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness.*

Since its inception, the Danone North America Fellowship Grant has enabled up-and-coming scientists to make strides in the interdisciplinary fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, yogurt and probiotics. The esteemed recipients to date:

  • 2017 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Caroline Kelsey of the University of Virginia will use her grant funds to examine how gut bacteria and food intake influence brain development.
  • 2017 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Yeonwoo Lebovitz of Virginia Tech will use the grant to assess how a mother’s gut microbiome can affect and protect their baby’s neurological development.
  • 2016 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Erin Davis of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was granted funds for her study of probiotic yogurt consumption during breastfeeding on the immune and microbial composition of the milk, as well as on maternal and infant gut microbiota.
  • 2016 Winner (one of two grants awarded): Haley Chatelaine of The Ohio State University earned the grant to advance the field by using cutting-edge analyses to identify the chemical signature of probiotic yogurt.
  • 2015 Winner: Micah Eimerbrink, Experimental Psychology doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University focusing on Behavioral Neuroscience. He used the funds to collaborate with Dr. Jonathan Oliver’s Kinesiology lab to investigate the use of probiotics to reduce the psychological and physiological indicators of stress in military personnel.
  • 2014 Winner: Amanda Ford, University of Florida, used the grant to investigate the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and on different measures of digestive health both with and without probiotic consumption. Ford is now conducting a clinical research study to investigate these effects in older adults given a higher protein diet.
  • 2013 Winner: Kurt Selle, North Carolina State University Functional Genomics doctoral candidate within the Food Science, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Department. He used the funds to develop technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk, publishing his findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and presenting the results at the 11th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria as an invited speaker. Since receiving the award, to date, Selle has presented research at four international conferences and published eight research articles.
  • 2012 Winner: Nicholas Bokulich, doctoral candidate with the Dr. David Mills Research Group at University of California, Davis. He applied the funds towards researching the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria in the human diet. This work led to several publications investigating the microbiome, food production and human health. Nicholas is currently a postdoctoral fellow at New York University Langone Medical Center.

This year’s winners will be selected by a cross-functional panel of experts, including:

  • Ellen Sanders, Ph.D, Dairy and Food Culture Technologies Consultant, and Executive Director of the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP)
  • Michael D. Gershon, M.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, Vagelos College of P&S
  • Miguel Freitas, Ph.D, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, General Secretary, Danone North America

Danone will be accepting applications from graduate students starting on November 30, 2018 until February 15, 2019. The winner will be notified on April 1, 2019.

For additional information and qualification requirements, please refer to the application here. We look forward to reviewing your application!

*Candidates are encouraged to submit an application for their investigation or study of the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt as related to human health. The intent of the grant is not for disease treatment or clinical management; those addressing health and wellness will be prioritized. These include the study of longevity, growth and development, and performance.