Kelly Swanson, Ph.D.


Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Board member of Gnubiotics Sciences


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Roundtable discussion:

The microbiome and its importance to pet nutrition and health — The microbiome has been receiving a lot of attention, and rightly so, as researchers discover its many connections to an animal’s entire body and physiology. Discover the latest research on microbiome research in pets and what is might mean for how we feed them.

Presentation description:

The effect of complex and diverse sialylated oligosaccharides on simulated dog gut microbiome and metabolites — Swanson demonstrates the properties and effects of GNU100, a novel class of complex and diverse sialylated oligosaccharides, in a simulator of the dog intestinal tract. Scientific reports confirm a favorable effect of milk oligosaccharides on host health, particularly reducing the presence of pathogens, stimulating the immunological response and preventing intestinal diseases. GNU100 formulation may have the potential to beneficially modify the gut microbiota of pets, enhancing energy and metabolic homeostasis.


Swanson is the Kraft Heinz Company endowed professor in human nutrition and scientific advisory board member of Gnubiotics Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is focused on the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gastrointestinal microbiota, host gene expression and host physiology, with primary emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity. Over the past decade, Swanson has established an internationally recognized research program, highlighted by over $15 million in research support, over 120 invited lectures in 12 countries around the world and over 170 peer-reviewed publications.