Meet Milk Science’s Leading Communicator: Dr. Danielle Lemay

Danielle Lemay
Researcher strives to understand milk’s evolution
and how it continues to provide complete nourishment

Davis, CA- During the month of November, the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) website features a profile of Dr. Danielle Lemay, assistant professional researcher at the UC Davis Genome Center and Head of Bioinformatics Initiatives at the Foods For Health Institute. She is also the founder and executive editor of the “SPLASH! milk science update” e-newsletter for The International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC). IMGC is sponsored by multinational dairy organizations and managed by the CDRF.

In her profile, Dr. Lemay explains that the purpose of the newsletter is “to make it easier for academia and industry to stay up-to-date with the scientific literature on milk.” Currently there are more than 1,500 subscribers. The newsletter supports CDRF’s efforts to facilitate the transition of milk-based discoveries from experimental data into usable industry benefits, explained Dr. Gonca Pasin, Executive Director for CDRF.

“My primary aim is to study evolution as a guide to nutritional needs, which is why my research continues to focus on milk and milk production, as milk is the sole source of nutrients for mammalian young and its recipe has been honed by millions of years of evolution,” Dr. Lemay explains.

CDRF’s “Checkoff Dollars in Action” monthly column highlights CDRF-supported research efforts and programs and the innovative individuals behind them. To learn more about Dr. Lemay’s efforts and how CDRF supports this research, read her profile at:


The California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) is a non-profit public research management corporation governed by a seven-member Board of Directors drawn from key producer and processor organizations. The Board represents multiple perspectives within the dairy industry.

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