Sarah Reyes is a PhD Candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Sarah’s doctoral research focuses on how bacterial communities in expressed breast milk change during handling and storage at home. The primary goal of this research is to provide quality scientific evidence with which current guidelines for breast milk handling and storage can be improved. Sarah’s training in translational research, which she has gained by being a trainee on a National Institute of Health-sponsored training grant at Cornell, uniquely positions her to help bridge the gap between basic science and public policy.
In addition to her academic achievements, Sarah is mother to two beautiful daughters and is expecting her third child in August. Coming from a disadvantaged background and struggling with establishing lactation with her first child, Sarah is passionate about finding solutions for barriers to breastfeeding and understanding how barriers to breastfeeding influence health disparities in disadvantaged populations.