Michelle Baack’s research is focused on establishing the under-recognized role of lipid disturbances in the developmental programming of disease. Disease starts long before any symptoms ever develop and is often triggered by genetic and environmental influences.
Although genes are encoded at conception, the environment can alter how genes are expressed (turned off or on). When an environmental stimulus occurs during a critical window of early development to cause life-long changes in the structure and function of the body, this is called developmental programming.
To help improve the long term outcomes of high-risk babies, Dr. Baack’s lab studies how maternal and neonatal nutrition, specifically various types of fats, can increase or decrease the risk of disease, such as obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, cardiovascular and neurologic consequences.
- Associate scientist in developmental biology
- Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
- Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
- Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota-School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD
- Pediatric residency training from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Creighton Joint Pediatric Residency Program, Omaha, NE
- Fellowship in neonatal and perinatal medicine at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA