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Kelley Baumgartel, PhD, RN

Kelley Baumgartel, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

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  • PhD, Nursing / Genomics, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Research Interests

  • As a bedside nurse in a Level III NICU, I witnessed the importance of breast milk and also noticed great variation in both volumes and characteristics between new mothers. This led to my dissertation work at the University of Pittsburgh, which examined maternal interleukin polymorphisms and subsequent milk variability and infant outcomes. Specifically, milk interleukin variability was associated with fecal calprotectin, a biomarker of intestinal inflammation that has been tied to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). This work culminated in my postdoctoral fellowship, which tied maternal lifestyle (sleep and stress) with breast milk volume.
  • My current program of research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing leverages my molecular and sleep expertise to understand if and how breast milk circadian rhythms predict milk composition and subsequent infant outcomes.


  • 40 Under 40 (Pittsburgh Magazine - 2021)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award (University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing - 2021)


  • Fellow (American Academy of Nursing, 2023 - Present)
  • Associate Member (International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, 2018 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Baumgartel, K., Caplan, E., Glover, C., Louis, J. Schrieber, J. A Feasibility Study to Assess Sleep and Subsequent Breast Milk Volume Among Mothers with Hospitalized Infants Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 37(4) , 2023.
  • Baumgartel, K., Saint Fleur, A., Prescott, S., Fanfan, D., Elliott, A., Yoo, J., Harrington, M., Koerner, R., Ozorio-Dutra, S., Duffy. A., Groer, M.W. Social Determinants of Health Among Pregnant Hispanic Women and Associated Psychological Outcomes Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities. , 2023.
  • Baumgartel, K., Stevens, M., Prescott, S., Saint-Fleur, A., & Groer, M.W The Human Milk Metabolome: A Scoping Literature Review Journal of Human Lactation. 39(2) , 2023.
  • Surendra, S., Wira, C., Prescott, S., Mutka, T., Baumgartel, K., Yoo, J., Morgan, H., Postola, T., Seyfang, A., Gostner, J., Fusch, D., Kim, K, Groer, M. Tryptophan Metabolism/Immune Alterations in Pregnant Hispanic Women with Chronic Toxoplasma Gondii Infection. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 90(3) , 2023.
  • Prescott, S., Dreisbach, C., Baumgartel, K., Koerner, R., Gyamfi, A., Canellas, M., St. Fleur, A., Henderson, W., & Trinchieri, G Impact of Intrapartum Antibiotic Prophylsaxis on Offspring Microbiota Fron, Pediatri.. 10(9) , 2021.
  • Spatz, D., Baumgartel, K Not All Donor Milk is Equal: Impact of Processing Methods on Bioactive Compounds. Neonatal Intensive Care Neonatal Intensive Care. 23(3) , 2021.
  • Davis J, Baumgartel, K., Morowitz M, Giangrangrasso V, Demirci J. The Role of Human Milk in Decreasing Necrotizing Enterocolitis Through Modulation of the Infant Gut Microbiome: A Scoping Review Journal of Human Lactation. 36(4) , 2020.
  • Wen G, Baumgartel, K., Alexander S. The Gut Microbiome as a Component of the Gut-Brain Axis in Cognitive Health Biol Res Nurs. 22(4) , 2020.
  • Baumgartel, K.L., Deem, M. Promoting the Use of Pasteurized Human Donor Milk in the NICU: Benefits, Access, and Parental Choice Nursing 2019. 49(12) , 2019.