Executive Committee

President: Bert Koletzko

Bert is a Professor of Pediatrics and Head the Div. of Metabolic Diseases and Nutritional Medicine at Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU University of Munich, Germany. Bert trained in Pediatric Departments in Germany, South Africa, Tanzania and Canada. He is a long-time member of ISRHML and currently serves on the Executive Committee. Bert’s goal as President is to continue strengthening our society as a science-based organization serving as the leading global platform for exchanging, discussing and facilitating research in the truly interdisciplinary area of human milk and lactation science.

President Elect: Daniel Sellen

Dan trained in zoology & biological anthropology (MA, University of Oxford), anthropology (MA, University of Michigan), theoretical ecology & international nutrition (PhD, University of California, Davis) & evolutionary demography (Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London,). Daniel Sellen currently directs The Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Global Health in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, & Professor of Social & Behavioral Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Secretary: David Sela

David is an associate professor at University of Massachusetts who has participated on the ISRHML executive committee in various capacities since 2016. David directs a research group that studies interactions between human milk molecules with the infant gut microbiome that influence pediatric nutrition and physiology.


Treasurer: Nancy Hurst

Nancy is the Director of Women’s Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, and is responsible for the clinical and financial activities of several programs. These include the Lactation services, Milk Labs, Mothers’ Milk Bank, and Patient Education Program. Nancy has been an ISRHML member since 2006 and served on the Executive Committee from 2010 to 2013.  Nancy is excited about the opportunity to serve ISHRML as its next Treasurer.


Past President: Sharon Donovan

Dr. Donovan received her PhD in Nutrition from UC Davis with Bo Lonnerdal.  She completed  a postdoc in Pediatrics at Stanford, before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois.  She studies bioactive components in human milk and gut development, the microbiome and host-microbe interactions.




Maria Carmen Collado, Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos, CSI 2022
Wei Wei Pang, National University of Singapore 2022
Sharon Perella, University of Western Australia 2022
Magnus Domellöf, Umeå University, Umea, Sweden 2023
Zhenghong (Carrie) Li, Peking Union Medcial College Hospital, Beijing, China 2023
Diane Spatz, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing/ CHOP, Philadelphia, USA 2023
Elizabeth Johnson, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 2024
Ellen Demerath, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, USA 2024
Alex Anderson, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA 2024


Executive Office

Executive Director: JoAnn Taie, Minneapolis, USA; jtaie@isrhml.com
Meetings & Communications Specialist: Ali Carlson, Minneapolis, USA; info@isrhml.com