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Bridget E. Young, Ph.D.

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Dr. Young studied Maternal and Child Nutrition at Cornell University where she received her PhD. She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at the University of Colorado. She joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2018 and currently conducts clinical research among breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

Bridget Young's research interests are on the impact of obesity and insulin resistance on breast milk composition, and resultant programming effects in the infant. She particularly focuses on the effect of oral insulin in human milk on infant pancreatic function and intestinal maturation in the neonate. Dr. Young also participates in research focused on providing breastfeeding support for mothers with insulin resistance.



BA | Colgate University
Molecular Biology

PhD | Cornell University
Nutritional Sciences

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2011 - 2014
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO. Research Mentor: Dr. Nancy Krebs, MD, MS.


Invited Symposium Speaker
Sponsor: American Society of Nutrition annual meeting at Experimental Bio
Location: Boston

2014 - 2015
Recipient of F32 Award, proposal "Differences in Breastmilk Composition and Infant Growth between Healthy and Overweight Mothers
Sponsor: NICHD

Travel Award - presentation at Bi-annual meeting
Sponsor: International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation

2013 - 2014
Women's Health Research Faculty Development Award
Sponsor: University of Colorado Center for Women's Health Research
Location: University of Colorado

2013 - 2014
Child and Maternal Health Pilot Award
Sponsor: Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Location: Colorado

2012 - 2014
Thrasher Research Fund Early Investigator Award

2011 - Present
National Institutes of Health Institutional Training Grant
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Institutional Training

Graduate Student Research Award and travel grant from the Nutritional Sciences Council
Sponsor: American Society for Nutrition

Emerging Clinical Leaders Award and travel grant
Sponsor: American Society for Nutrition

2009 - 2011
National Institutes of Health Institutional Training Grant; "Training in Maternal and Child Nutrition"
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

2009 - 2010
Graduate Student Travel Grant
Sponsor: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Location: Cornell, NY

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Clinical Trials

Formula- Understanding Nutrition

Lead Researcher: Bridget E Young

Participation in this study involves one visit that will last for about four hours at your home or the Strong Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Center. Procedures include infant glucose test, timed infant urine collection, infant heel pricks, and infant body size measurements.

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Studying Infant Nutrition and Glycemia (SING),

Lead Researcher: Bridget E Young

This study is for pregnant women who plan on breastfeeding their baby for at least 5 months. You and your baby will have two study visits over the first 6 months of your baby's life at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We will ask for some blood and some breast milk from you. We will ask for some urine and stool, and a heel prick from your baby.

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Journal Articles

Soderborg TK, Carpenter CM, Janssen RC, Weir TL, Robertson CE, Ir D, Young BE, Krebs NF, Hernandez TL, Barbour LA, Frank DN, Kroehl M, Friedman JE. "Gestational Diabetes Is Uniquely Associated With Altered Early Seeding of the Infant Gut Microbiota." Frontiers in endocrinology. 2020 11:603021. Epub 2020 Nov 27.

Young BE, Borman LL, Heinrich R, Long J, Pinney S, Westcott J, Krebs NF. "Effect of Pooling Practices and Time Postpartum of Milk Donations on the Energy, Macronutrient, and Zinc Concentrations of Resultant Donor Human Milk Pools." The Journal of pediatrics.. 2019 Nov 0; 214:54-59. Epub 2019 Sep 23.

Young BE, Levek C, Reynolds RM, Rudolph MC, MacLean P, Hernandez TL, Friedman JE, Krebs NF. "Bioactive components in human milk are differentially associated with rates of lean and fat mass deposition in infants of mothers with normal vs. elevated BMI." Pediatric obesity.. 2018 Oct 0; 13(10):598-606. Epub 2018 Aug 09.