Scientific Research Mentor

Elieke Kearns, PhD, RD

Scientific Affairs Lead

Elieke Demmer Kearns, PhD, RD is Bobbie’s Medical Affairs Lead. As a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Scientist, Elieke is on a mission to make food less confusing through her nutrition research expertise, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) background, and deep appreciation for the complexities of food. Elieke received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis where she completed her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in both Immunology and Biotechnology. Born and raised in The Netherlands, Elieke now lives in Chicago with her husband, baby boy, and dog named Brussel Sprout. She previously worked at the National Dairy Council, RXBAR, and PepsiCo.

Select Publications: 

  1. Demmer E, Cifelli CJ, Houchins JA, Fulgoni VL. Ethnic disparities of beverage consumption in infants and children 0–5 years of age; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011 to 2014. Nutrition journal. 2018 Dec;17(1):1-9.
  2. Demmer E, Cifelli CJ, Houchins JA, Fulgoni III VL. The pattern of complementary foods in American infants and children aged 0–5 years old—a cross-sectional analysis of data from the NHANES 2011–2014. Nutrients. 2018 Jun 26;10(7):827.
  3. Shankar K, Pivik RT, Johnson SL, van Ommen B, Demmer E, Murray R. Environmental forces that shape early development: What we know and still need to know. Current developments in nutrition. 2018 Aug 1;2(8):nzx002.
  4. Demmer E, Cifelli CJ, Houchins JA, Fulgoni VL. The impact of doubling dairy or plant-based foods on consumption of nutrients of concern and proper bone health for adolescent females. Public health nutrition. 2017 Apr;20(5):824-31.
  5. Cifelli CJ, Houchins JA, Demmer E, Fulgoni III V. The Relationship Between Flavored Milk Consumption, Diet Quality, Body Weight, and BMI z‐Score Among Children and Adolescents of Different Ethnicities. The FASEB Journal. 2016 Apr;30:1154-2.
  6. Rogers TS, Garrod MG, Peerson JM, Hillegonds DJ, Buchholz BA, Demmer E, Richardson C, Gertz ER, Van Loan MD. Is bone equally responsive to calcium and vitamin D intake from food vs. supplements? Use of 41calcium tracer kinetic model. Bone reports. 2016 Dec 1;5:117-23.
  7. Rogers TS, Demmer E, Rivera N, Gertz ER, German JB, Smilowitz JT, Zivkovic AM, Van Loan MD. The role of a dairy fraction rich in milk fat globule membrane in the suppression of postprandial inflammatory markers and bone turnover in obese and overweight adults: an exploratory study. Nutrition & metabolism. 2017 Dec;14(1):1-9.
  8. Cifelli CJ, Houchins JA, Demmer E, Fulgoni III VL. Increasing plant based foods or dairy foods differentially affects nutrient intakes: Dietary scenarios using NHANES 2007–2010. Nutrients. 2016 Jul 11;8(7):422.

Backed by Experts

Bobbie Labs is backed by a team of internal & external scientific experts who enable us to push the status quo of infant feeding through groundbreaking scientific research. Collectively, the published work from our experts has been cited by more than 31,225 peer-reviewed scientific journals and textbooks.

Internal Scientific Experts

Our internal scientific experts deeply understand the complexities of infant feeding. They are passionate about the molecular details of every research project and ensure discoveries are communicated with optimal impact. These thought leaders are at the heart of everything Bobbie Labs.

Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chief Medical Director
Dina DiMaggio, MD, FAAP
Medical Research Director
Elieke Kearns, PhD, RD
Scientific Affairs Lead
Jeff Moore, PhD
Vice President of Bobbie Labs

Scientific Research Mentors

Our mentors consist of subject matter experts and leading organizations passionate about advancing the field of infant feeding through objective, evidence-based, multidisciplinary research. This group advises Bobbie Labs and assists in the evaluation of proposals. 

Alyssa Whitcraft, PhD
Environmental Scientist
Courtney Jung, PhD
Social Scientist
Jaclyn Bowen, MPH, MS
Environmental Scientist
Janine N’jie David, MPP
Data Impact Expert
Jessica Steier, DrPH, PMP
Data Impact Expert
Joshua Anthony, PhD, MBA
Nutrition Scientist
Leanne Redman, PhD, FTOS
Nutrition Scientist
Manisha Shah, PhD
Social Scientist
Molly Millwood, PhD
Social Scientist
Nicole Rakobitsch
Environmental Scientist
Pedro Prieto, PhD, MA, MS
Nutrition Scientist
Riccardo LoCascio, PhD
Nutrition Scientist
Urmeka T Jefferson, PhD, RN
Social Scientist

Organizational Partners

We have partnered with organizations who share our passion of wanting to evolve the field of infant feeding through research. Organizational partners appoint a subject matter expert from their team to serve as a Bobbie Labs Scientific Research Expert.

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