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David A Sela PhD

TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts
340 Chenoweth Laboratory 102 Holdworth Way
Amherst MA 01003
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems

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    State University of New York, New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, United StatesBSMolecular Biology
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, United StatesMSFood Microbiology
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, United StatesPHDMicrobiology

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    1. Hilliard MA, Sela DA. Transmission and Persistence of Infant Gut-Associated Bifidobacteria. Microorganisms. 2024 Apr 27; 12(5). PMID: 38792709.
    2. Story G, Lee J, Cohen G, Rani A, Doherty J, Sela DA. Impact of Dietary Fat and Oral Delivery System on Cannabigerol Pharmacokinetics in Adults. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2024 Apr 04. PMID: 38574248.
    3. Li S, You X, Rani A, ?zcan E, Sela DA. Bifidobacterium infantis utilizes N-acetylglucosamine-containing human milk oligosaccharides as a nitrogen source. Gut Microbes. 2023 12; 15(2):2244721. PMID: 37609905.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    4. Cohen G, Sela DA, Nolden AA. Sucrose Concentration and Fermentation Temperature Impact the Sensory Characteristics and Liking of Kombucha. Foods. 2023 Aug 19; 12(16). PMID: 37628115.
    5. Story G, Briere CE, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Cannabidiol and Intestinal Motility: a Systematic Review. Curr Dev Nutr. 2023 Oct; 7(10):101972. PMID: 37786751.
    6. Dedon LR, Hilliard MA, Rani A, Daza-Merchan ZT, Story G, Briere CE, Sela DA. Fucosylated Human Milk Oligosaccharides Drive Structure-Specific Syntrophy between Bifidobacterium infantis and Eubacterium hallii within a Modeled Infant Gut Microbiome. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2023 06; 67(11):e2200851. PMID: 36938958.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Smilowitz JT, Allen LH, Dallas DC, McManaman J, Raiten DJ, Rozga M, Sela DA, Seppo A, Williams JE, Young BE, McGuire MK. Ecologies, synergies, and biological systems shaping human milk composition-a report from "Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN)" Working Group 2. Am J Clin Nutr. 2023 04; 117 Suppl 1:S28-S42. PMID: 37173059.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. You X, Rani A, ?zcan E, Lyu Y, Sela DA. Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis utilizes human milk urea to recycle nitrogen within the infant gut microbiome. Gut Microbes. 2023 Jan-Dec; 15(1):2192546. PMID: 36967532.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    9. Donovan SM, Abrams SA, Azad MB, Belfort MB, Bode L, Carlson SE, Dallas DC, Hettinga K, J?rvinen K, Kim JH, Lebrilla CB, McGuire MK, Sela DA, Neu J. Summary of the Joint National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration Workshop Titled "Exploring the Science Surrounding the Safe Use of Bioactive Ingredients in Infant Formula: Considerations for an Assessment Framework". J Pediatr. 2023 04; 255:30-41.e1. PMID: 36463938.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Davis EC, Castagna VP, Sela DA, Hillard MA, Lindberg S, Mantis NJ, Seppo AE, J?rvinen KM. Gut microbiome and breast-feeding: Implications for early immune development. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2022 09; 150(3):523-534. PMID: 36075638.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Sturgeon SR, Sela DA, Browne EP, Einson J, Rani A, Halabi M, Kania T, Keezer A, Balasubramanian R, Ziegler RG, Schairer C, Kelsey KT, Arcaro KF. Prediagnostic White Blood Cell DNA Methylation and Risk of Breast Cancer in the Prostate Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial (PLCO) Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 08; 30(8):1575-1581. PMID: 34108140.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    12. Demers-Mathieu V, Do DM, Mathijssen GB, Sela DA, Seppo A, J?rvinen KM, Medo E. Correction: Difference in levels of SARS-CoV-2 S1 and S2 subunits- and nucleocapsid protein-reactive SIgM/IgM, IgG and SIgA/IgA antibodies in human milk. J Perinatol. 2021 May; 41(5):1207. PMID: 32939025.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    13. ?zcan E, Rozycki MR, Sela DA. Cranberry Proanthocyanidins and Dietary Oligosaccharides Synergistically Modulate Lactobacillus plantarum Physiology. Microorganisms. 2021 Mar 22; 9(3). PMID: 33810188.
    14. Dedon LR, ?zcan E, Rani A, Sela DA. Bifidobacterium infantis Metabolizes 2'Fucosyllactose-Derived and Free Fucose Through a Common Catabolic Pathway Resulting in 1,2-Propanediol Secretion. Front Nutr. 2020; 7:583397. PMID: 33330584.
    15. Demers-Mathieu V, Do DM, Mathijssen GB, Sela DA, Seppo A, J?rvinen KM, Medo E. Difference in levels of SARS-CoV-2 S1 and S2 subunits- and nucleocapsid protein-reactive SIgM/IgM, IgG and SIgA/IgA antibodies in human milk. J Perinatol. 2021 04; 41(4):850-859. PMID: 32873904.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    16. Albert K, Rani A, Sela DA. Comparative Pangenomics of the Mammalian Gut Commensal Bifidobacterium longum. Microorganisms. 2019 Dec 18; 8(1). PMID: 31861401.
    17. Gu M, Sun J, Qi C, Cai X, Goulette T, Song M, You X, Sela DA, Xiao H. The gastrointestinal fate of limonin and its effect on gut microbiota in mice. Food Funct. 2019 Sep 01; 10(9):5521-5530. PMID: 31418448.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    18. Lugli GA, Duranti S, Albert K, Mancabelli L, Napoli S, Viappiani A, Anzalone R, Longhi G, Milani C, Turroni F, Alessandri G, Sela DA, van Sinderen D, Ventura M. Unveiling Genomic Diversity among Members of the Species Bifidobacterium pseudolongum, a Widely Distributed Gut Commensal of the Animal Kingdom. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2019 04 15; 85(8). PMID: 30737347.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    19. Einson JE, Rani A, You X, Rodriguez AA, Randell CL, Barnaba T, Mammel MK, Kotewicz ML, Elkins CA, Sela DA. A Vegetable Fermentation Facility Hosts Distinct Microbiomes Reflecting the Production Environment. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 11 15; 84(22). PMID: 30171008.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    20. Albert K, Sela DA. Draft Genome Sequence of Bifidobacterium longum UMA026, Isolated from Holstein Dairy Cow Feces. Genome Announc. 2018 Jun 21; 6(25). PMID: 29930064.
    21. Albert K, Rani A, Sela DA. The comparative genomics of Bifidobacterium callitrichos reflects dietary carbohydrate utilization within the common marmoset gut. Microb Genom. 2018 06; 4(6). PMID: 29906260.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    22. ?zcan E, Sela DA. Inefficient Metabolism of the Human Milk Oligosaccharides Lacto-N-tetraose and Lacto-N-neotetraose Shifts Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis Physiology. Front Nutr. 2018; 5:46. PMID: 29900174.
    23. Qi C, Sun J, Li Y, Gu M, Goulette T, You X, Sela DA, Wang X, Xiao H. Peyer's patch-specific Lactobacillus reuteri strains increase extracellular microbial DNA and antimicrobial peptide expression in the mouse small intestine. Food Funct. 2018 May 23; 9(5):2989-2997. PMID: 29774357.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    24. You X, Einson JE, Lopez-Pena CL, Song M, Xiao H, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Food-grade cationic antimicrobial e-polylysine transiently alters the gut microbial community and predicted metagenome function in CD-1 mice. NPJ Sci Food. 2017; 1:8. PMID: 31304250.
    25. ?zcan E, Sun J, Rowley DC, Sela DA. A Human Gut Commensal Ferments Cranberry Carbohydrates To Produce Formate. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2017 Sep 01; 83(17). PMID: 28667113.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    
    26. Tiani KA, Yeung TW, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Extending viability of Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus johnsonii by microencapsulation in alginate microgels. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2018 Mar; 69(2):155-164. PMID: 28683582.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    27. Albert K, Sela DA. Draft Genome Sequences of Alloscardovia macacae UMA81211 and UMA81212, Isolated from the Feces of a Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta). Genome Announc. 2017 Jun 29; 5(26). PMID: 28663296.
    28. Thomas S, Izard J, Walsh E, Batich K, Chongsathidkiet P, Clarke G, Sela DA, Muller AJ, Mullin JM, Albert K, Gilligan JP, DiGuilio K, Dilbarova R, Alexander W, Prendergast GC. The Host Microbiome Regulates and Maintains Human Health: A Primer and Perspective for Non-Microbiologists. Cancer Res. 2017 04 15; 77(8):1783-1812. PMID: 28292977.
      Citations: 140     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Allen-Blevins CR, You X, Hinde K, Sela DA. Handling stress may confound murine gut microbiota studies. PeerJ. 2017; 5:e2876. PMID: 28097073.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    
    30. Jackson AA, Hinkley TC, Talbert JN, Nugen SR, Sela DA. Genetic optimization of a bacteriophage-delivered alkaline phosphatase reporter to detect Escherichia coli. Analyst. 2016 Oct 07; 141(19):5543-8. PMID: 27412402.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:CellsPHPublic Health
    31. Yeung TW, Arroyo-Maya IJ, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Correction: Microencapsulation of probiotics in hydrogel particles: enhancing Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris LM0230 viability using calcium alginate beads. Food Funct. 2016 Jun 15; 7(6):2909. PMID: 27258551.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    32. Yeung TW, ??ok EF, Tiani KA, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Microencapsulation in Alginate and Chitosan Microgels to Enhance Viability of Bifidobacterium longum for Oral Delivery. Front Microbiol. 2016; 7:494. PMID: 27148184.
    33. Wang Z, Wang D, Kinchla AJ, Sela DA, Nugen SR. Rapid screening of waterborne pathogens using phage-mediated separation coupled with real-time PCR detection. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2016 Jun; 408(15):4169-78. PMID: 27071764.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    34. Yeung TW, Arroyo-Maya IJ, McClements DJ, Sela DA. Microencapsulation of probiotics in hydrogel particles: enhancing Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris LM0230 viability using calcium alginate beads. Food Funct. 2016 Apr; 7(4):1797-804. PMID: 26611443.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    35. Ozdal T, Sela DA, Xiao J, Boyacioglu D, Chen F, Capanoglu E. The Reciprocal Interactions between Polyphenols and Gut Microbiota and Effects on Bioaccessibility. Nutrients. 2016 Feb 06; 8(2):78. PMID: 26861391.
      Citations: 226     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Wang Z, Wang D, Chen J, Sela DA, Nugen SR. Development of a novel bacteriophage based biomagnetic separation method as an aid for sensitive detection of viable Escherichia coli. Analyst. 2016 Feb 07; 141(3):1009-16. PMID: 26689710.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    37. Lewis ZT, Shani G, Masarweh CF, Popovic M, Frese SA, Sela DA, Underwood MA, Mills DA. Validating bifidobacterial species and subspecies identity in commercial probiotic products. Pediatr Res. 2016 Mar; 79(3):445-52. PMID: 26571226.
      Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    38. Garrido D, Ruiz-Moyano S, Lemay DG, Sela DA, German JB, Mills DA. Erratum: Comparative transcriptomics reveals key differences in the response to milk oligosaccharides of infant gut-associated bifidobacteria. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 02; 5:15311. PMID: 26522826.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    39. Turroni F, ?zcan E, Milani C, Mancabelli L, Viappiani A, van Sinderen D, Sela DA, Ventura M. Glycan cross-feeding activities between bifidobacteria under in vitro conditions. Front Microbiol. 2015; 6:1030. PMID: 26441950.
    40. Garrido D, Ruiz-Moyano S, Lemay DG, Sela DA, German JB, Mills DA. Comparative transcriptomics reveals key differences in the response to milk oligosaccharides of infant gut-associated bifidobacteria. Sci Rep. 2015 Sep 04; 5:13517. PMID: 26337101.
      Citations: 77     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    41. Lopez-Pena CL, Zheng B, Sela DA, Decker EA, Xiao H, McClements DJ. Impact of e-polylysine and pectin on the potential gastrointestinal fate of emulsified lipids: In vitro mouth, stomach and small intestine model. Food Chem. 2016 Feb 01; 192:857-64. PMID: 26304421.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    
    42. Allen-Blevins CR, Sela DA, Hinde K. Milk bioactives may manipulate microbes to mediate parent-offspring conflict. Evol Med Public Health. 2015 Apr 02; 2015(1):106-21. PMID: 25835022.
    43. Sela DA, Mills DA. The marriage of nutrigenomics with the microbiome: the case of infant-associated bifidobacteria and milk. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Mar; 99(3):697S-703S. PMID: 24452239.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    44. Dallas DC, Sela D, Underwood MA, German JB, Lebrilla C. Protein-Linked Glycan Degradation in Infants Fed Human Milk. J Glycomics Lipidomics. 2012 May 01; Suppl 1:002. PMID: 24533224.
    45. Sela DA, Garrido D, Lerno L, Wu S, Tan K, Eom HJ, Joachimiak A, Lebrilla CB, Mills DA. Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis ATCC 15697 a-fucosidases are active on fucosylated human milk oligosaccharides. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Feb; 78(3):795-803. PMID: 22138995.
      Citations: 111     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    46. Sela DA, Li Y, Lerno L, Wu S, Marcobal AM, German JB, Chen X, Lebrilla CB, Mills DA. An infant-associated bacterial commensal utilizes breast milk sialyloligosaccharides. J Biol Chem. 2011 Apr 08; 286(14):11909-18. PMID: 21288901.
      Citations: 96     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    47. Sela DA. Bifidobacterial utilization of human milk oligosaccharides. Int J Food Microbiol. 2011 Sep 01; 149(1):58-64. PMID: 21342711.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    48. LoCascio RG, Desai P, Sela DA, Weimer B, Mills DA. Broad conservation of milk utilization genes in Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis as revealed by comparative genomic hybridization. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Nov; 76(22):7373-81. PMID: 20802066.
      Citations: 112     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    49. Sela DA, Mills DA. Nursing our microbiota: molecular linkages between bifidobacteria and milk oligosaccharides. Trends Microbiol. 2010 Jul; 18(7):298-307. PMID: 20409714.
      Citations: 201     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    50. Barboza M, Sela DA, Pirim C, Locascio RG, Freeman SL, German JB, Mills DA, Lebrilla CB. Glycoprofiling bifidobacterial consumption of galacto-oligosaccharides by mass spectrometry reveals strain-specific, preferential consumption of glycans. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Dec; 75(23):7319-25. PMID: 19801485.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    51. Ventura M, Turroni F, Lima-Mendez G, Foroni E, Zomer A, Duranti S, Giubellini V, Bottacini F, Horvath P, Barrangou R, Sela DA, Mills DA, van Sinderen D. Comparative analyses of prophage-like elements present in bifidobacterial genomes. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Nov; 75(21):6929-36. PMID: 19734330.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    52. Marcobal AM, Sela DA, Wolf YI, Makarova KS, Mills DA. Role of hypermutability in the evolution of the genus Oenococcus. J Bacteriol. 2008 Jan; 190(2):564-70. PMID: 17993526.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    53. LoCascio RG, Ninonuevo MR, Freeman SL, Sela DA, Grimm R, Lebrilla CB, Mills DA, German JB. Glycoprofiling of bifidobacterial consumption of human milk oligosaccharides demonstrates strain specific, preferential consumption of small chain glycans secreted in early human lactation. J Agric Food Chem. 2007 Oct 31; 55(22):8914-9. PMID: 17915960.
      Citations: 161     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    54. Sela DA, Rawsthorne H, Mills DA. Characterization of the lactococcal group II intron target site in its native host. Plasmid. 2007 Sep; 58(2):127-39. PMID: 17408740.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
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