Michelle (Shelley) McGuire
Michelle (Shelley) McGuire
Director and Professor
Niccolls Building, Room 105B
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183
Please contact Shelley McGuire to learn about graduate student opportunities.
- Maternal/infant nutrition
- Human milk composition
- Milk microbiome
- Postpartum anovulation
- International nutrition
- Meehan CL, Lackey KA, Hagen EH, Williams JE, Roulette J, Helfrecht C, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2018) Am J Hum Biol. Apr 26:e23131. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23131.
- Lackey KA, Williams JE, Price WJ, Carrothers JM, Brooker SL, Shafii B, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2017) Comparison of commercially-available preservatives for maintaining the integrity of bacterial DNA in human milk. J Microbiol Methods Oct;141:73-81.
- Williams J, Carrothers JM, Lackey KA, Beatty NF, York MA, Brooker SL, Shafii B, Price WJ, Settles M, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2017) Human milk microbial community structure is relatively stable and related to variation in macronutrient and micronutrient intakes in healthy lactating women. J Nutr Sep;147(9):1739-1748.
- Williams JE, Price WJ, Shafii B, Yavah KM, Bode L, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2017) Relationships among microbial communities, maternal cells, oligosaccharides, and macronutrients in human milk. J Hum Lact Aug;33(3):540-551.
- Ruiz L, Manzano S, McGuire MK, Meehan CL, McGuire MA, Williams JE, Brooker S, Foster J, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, Lackey KA, Pareja R, Bode L, Rodriguez JM. (2017) What’s normal? Immune profiling of human milk from healthy women living in different geographical and socio-economic settings. Front Immunol doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00696
- McGuire MK, Meehan CL, McGuire MA, Williams JE, Foster J, Sellen DW, Kamau-Mbuthia EW, Kamundia EW, Mbugua S, Moore SE, Prentice AM, Kvist LJ, Otoo GE, Brooker SL, Price WJ, Shafii B, Placek C, Lackey KA, Robertson B, Manzano S, Ruíz L, Rodríguez JM, Pareja RG, Bode L. (2017) What's normal? Oligosaccharide concentrations and profiles in milk produced by healthy women vary geographically. Am J Clin Nutr May;105(5):1086-1100.
- McGuire MK, McGuire MA. (2017) Got bacteria? The astounding, yet not-so-surprising, microbiome of human milk. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 44:63-68.
- McGuire MK, McGuire MA, Price WJ, Shafii B, Carrothers JM, Lackey KA, Goldstein DA, Jensen PK, Vicini JL. (2016) Glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid are not detectable in human milk. Am J Clin Nutr 103(5):1285-90.
- Jensen PK, Wujcik CE, McGuire MK, McGuire MA. (2016) Validation of reliable and selective methods for direct determination of glyphosate and AMPA in milk and urine using LC-MS/MS. J Environ Sci Health Part B. 51(4):254-9.
- Carrothers JM, York MA, Brooker SL, Lackey KA, Williams JE, Shafii B, Price WJ, Settles M, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2015) Fecal microbial community structure is stable over time and related to variation in macronutrient and micronutrient intakes in lactating women. J Nutr Oct;145(10):2379-88.
- McGuire MK, McGuire MA. (2015) Human milk: Mother Nature’s prototypical probiotic food? Adv Nutr 6:112-23.
- Yahvah KM, Brooker SL, Williams JE, Settles M, McGuire MA, McGuire MK. (2015) Elevated dairy fat intake by lactating women alters milk fat and fatty acid profile without changing gene expression in the milk fat globule transcriptome. Nutr Res 35(3):221-8.
- Domer MC, Beerman, KA, McGuire, MA, Dasgupta N, Reeves J, Ahmadzadeh A, McGuire MK. (2015) Loss of body fat and associated decrease in leptin in early lactation are related to shorter duration of postpartum anovulation in healthy US women. J Hum Lact 31(2):282-93.
Michelle (Shelley) McGuire received her bachelor’s in biology from the University of Illinois (1986), a master’s in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois (1988) and doctorate in human nutrition from Cornell University (1994). Her research focuses primarily on understanding better how maternal diet and nutritional status influence human milk composition and maternal/infant health during breastfeeding. Of particular interest to her research is understanding the importance of dietary lipids to maternal and infant health.
Shelley also has a long-standing interest in understanding the physiologic mechanisms driving the return of ovulatory function during the postpartum period. Recently, Shelley and her colleagues Mark McGuire and Janet Williams (both at the University of Idaho) have become intrigued by the presence and variability of bacteria in human milk (known as the human milk microbiome). As an extension, they are also interested in how the milk microbiome impacts short- and long-term infant health both in the U.S. and globally. Shelley’s research has been funded by a variety of groups including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and commodity groups such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Idaho Dairy Commission. McGuire is also passionately committed to bettering human health through the provision of user-friendly, high-quality, evidence-based nutrition information to the press and public.
Shelley is a seasoned science writer, having coauthored two introductory textbooks: one in its third edition (Nutritional Sciences: from Fundamentals to Food, Cengage Published) and the other in its second edition (NUTR, Cengage Publishing).
Shelley lives with her husband (Mark, associate dean of research and director of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Idaho) and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers in Moscow, Idaho. When she’s not engaged in teaching, research or service, she enjoys being with her family and friends, traveling, cooking and eating, running, playing the flute, singing and practicing Iyengar yoga.
- Excellence in Nutrition Education Award, American Society for Nutrition, 2018
- Thomas E. Lutz Teaching Excellence Award, Washington State University College of Arts and Sciences, 2016
- National Spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition, 2008-2017
- Ehrlich-Koldovsky Award, given by the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation to “recognize a young investigator who has begun to make outstanding, original scientific contributions to the study of human milk and lactation,” 2002
- Future Leader Award, International Life Sciences Institute, 2000
- Phi Beta Kappa Honorary (University of Illinois chapter), 1986