• 2007-Present: Medela AG – Research Fellow/Chief Investigator
• Woman and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) Grant for researching the relationship between sucking, swallowing and breathing in healthy term breastfeeding infants and those experiencing difficulties.
Appetite control factors in breastmilk
Gastric emptying of term and preterm infants
Milk removal during breast expression.
Donna is the director of the Human Lactation Research Group. Donna originates from a medical imaging background with an emphasis in ultrasound imaging. She has integrated this modality into many of the group’s studies providing a ‘window’ to different physiological processes during lactation. Her findings have attracted much international attention and she is often requested to speak at both International and National Scientific Meetings. She is a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia and Secretary for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.
Donna’s future research encompasses the appetite control mechanisms of the breastfed infant.
• Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Western Australia
• Senior Ultrasonographer , Perth Imaging
• Guest Editor ‘Lactation in the Limelight’ – Biochemist, February 2017.
• Guest Editor – ‘Down Under’ edition – Journal of Human Lactation
• Guest Co-editor – International Journal of Pediatrics (Special Edition Infant feeding, 2012)
• Consultant Editor – Journal of Human Lactation
Reviewer Scientific Journals
• Early Human Development
• European Journal of Surgery
• Journal of Human Lactation
• Breastfeeding Medicine
• Mary Paton Award Judge
• Australian Breastfeeding Association
• Pediatric Research
• Acta Pediatrica
• Breastfeeding Review
Donna has a broad range of research interests in the physiology of lactation extending from basic to applied research. In particular she utilizes her ultrasound imaging skills to assess the lactating breast (anatomy, milk ejection and blood flow) as well as the infant (suck-swallow-breathe, gastric emptying and body composition). Her current interests include understanding the role of breastmilk in appetite control and the development of breastfeeding in the preterm infant.