Sarah Comstock

Sarah Comstock
Telephone: 517-353-3415

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Assistant Professor
G.M. Trout FSHN Building, Room 139C, 469 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2008; B.S., University of Chicago, 2000

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Research Interests:

Influence of nutrition on immune development of the neonate; Influence of maternal obesity on child growth and intestinal health; role of lipids in child health and development; Maternal & child health; gastrointestinal microbiota; food allergy

I have been interested in the impact of nutrition on health and disease since I was a high school student. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms by which early nutrition affects immune system development in the gut as this may be the key to understanding food intolerances. The ultimate objective of my research program is to identify immune and/or microbial targets which can form the basis for nutritional intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal disease and promote gastrointestinal health.

Research support is provided by Michigan State University, the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University, and the National Institutes of Health, ECHO (Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes) Program (NIH UG3 OD023285).


Instructional Activities:


HNF 825 - Nutritional Immunology

HNF 892 - Nutrition Seminar (Co-Taught with Dr. James Pestka)

Guest lectures:

HNF101 – Food Allergies & Intolerances

HNF 464 – Nutrition and the Microbiome

HNF823 – Assessing the gut microbiota


HNF820 – Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry

Outreach focus:

Maternal & child nutrition for health


Recent publications:

Please search PubMed <> or Web of Science <> for “Comstock SS[AU]” to find a complete listing of Dr. Comstock’s publications.



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