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Lab News and Highlights


June 11, 2020

WSU’s Maternal-Infant Health Collaborative Highlights and COVID-19 Infant Feeding Article


June 3, 2020

New collaborative to study impact of COVID‑19 on moms, babies

April 23, 2019

It’s a busy week in the Meehan Lab. Another INSPIRE publication has been published.  This paper, led by Avery Lane, focuses on household composition and the infant fecal microbiome.

Lane AA, Mcguire MK, McGuire MA, Williams JE, Lackey KA, Hagen EH, Kaul A, Gindola D, Gebeyehu D, Flores KE, Foster JA, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Prentice AM, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, Rodríguez JM, Ruiz L, Pareja RG, Bode L, Price WJ, & Meehan CL. (2019). Household composition and the infant fecal microbiome: The INSPIRE study. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

April 22, 2019

Excited to announce that another INSPIRE study has been published. Lackey KA, Williams JE, Meehan CL, Zachek JA, Benda ED, Price WJ, Foster JA, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Prentice AM, K DB, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, García-Carral C, Jiménez E, Ruiz L, Rodríguez JM, Pareja RG, Bode L, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2019) What’s Normal? Microbiomes In Human Milk And Infant Feces Are Related To Each Other But Vary Geographically: The INSPIRE Study. Front Nutr, 6:45. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2019.00045.


October 15, 2018

SoS 24- Milk, Microbiomes, and Social Networks: A Chat with Courtney Meehan


April 28, 2018

Excited to announce that our article, Meehan CL, Lackey KA, Hagen EH, et al. Social networks, cooperative breeding, and the human milk microbiome. Am J Hum Biol. 2018;e23131., is now available.


April 21, 2018

Congratulations to Elisa Garrett and Olivia Holm. Elisa and Olivia are Anthropology majors and Biocultural Anthropology Lab members. They were just awarded The Robert and Lillian Ackerman Field Research Scholarships for lab projects they are undertaking summer 2018.


April 9, 2018

Congratulations to Elisa Garrett (a Senior Anthropology major and biocultural lab member) who was awarded a Washington State University, College of Arts and Sciences grant to analyze data on infant behavior and parental responsivity.


June 30, 2017

The second paper from our NSF INSPIRE project was just published. Check out Ruiz L, Espinosa-Martos I, García-Carral C, Manzano S, McGuire MK, Meehan CLMcGuire MA, Williams JE, Foster J, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, Lackey KA, Flores K, Pareja RG, Bode L and Rodríguez JM (2017). What’s normal? Immune profiling of human milk from healthy women living in different geographical and socioeconomic settings. Front. Immunol.


June 3, 2017

Congratulations Jessica Collins! Jessica delivered her first professional poster at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society 2017 meetings in Boise, ID. She was awarded the Best Poster Award for our poster, Infant signaling behaviors and alloparental caregiving.


April 28, 2017

Congratulations, Jessica Collins!  Jessica successfully defended her MA thesis, Infant Signaling Behaviors and Maternal, Paternal and Alloparental Caregiving.


March 27, 2017

Congratulations, Avery Lane!  Avery received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.


Winter 2017

A mother’s microbial gift