Jeffrey Donowitz

Research Description

My research focuses on environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) and its associated outcomes of malnutrition, growth stunting, and oral vaccine failure. Specifically, my main interest relates to the overgrowth of commensal flora in the upper gastrointestinal tract during a condition called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO is common in children from low-income countries and is part of the multifactorial process of EED but the details of this relationship are poorly understood. I also have research interests in giardiasis, breast milk’s protection from EED, and maternal immune activation syndrome.