Meghan Azad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health (University of Manitoba) and holds a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease (DEVOTION). Her research focuses on the role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Dr. Azad co-leads the Canadian Healthy Child Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study in Manitoba; nationally, it follows 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. She directs multiple projects about lactation/infant feeding practices in CHILD, some linking human milk composition and gut microbiota with epigenetic profiles and clinical phenotypes. Dr. Azad is also in leadership roles for the DEVOTION and CANUE studies in chronic disease and maternal/child health. She is an active member of the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada, the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Network, and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.