Faculty Profile

Michelle (Shelley) McGuire

Michelle (Shelley) McGuire

Associate Professor



Dr. McGuire is currently involved in understanding how maternal dietary intake and nutritional status influence human milk composition as well as maternal and infant health and well-being. 

Dr. McGuire’s research is in:

  • Describing and understanding the human milk microbiome, what factors influence it, and how it impacts maternal and child health.
  • Understanding the importance of dietary lipids to milk composition and maternal and infant health.
  • Delineating nutritional and behavioral factors influencing duration of postpartum anovulation in women.
  • Bettering human health through user-friendly, high-quality, evidence-based nutrition information to students, the media, and the public.

Dr. McGuire is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at WSU and adjunct faculty with the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. She is actively involved with several professional organizations on both national and international levels and collaborates on lactation physiology and nutrition research with myriad colleagues from Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of California (San Diego), and other domestic and international institutions.