Committee Memberships

Consortium Management

IMGC is an unincorporated and non-profit entity. IMGC is managed by the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF)  which was created in 1988 for the purpose of promoting research and development activities that benefit California dairy producers and processors in the consumer marketplace, on behalf of the sponsors.

Director of Scientific and Strategic Development
Jennifer Smilowitz, Ph.D.
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Symposium Coordinator
Laurie Jacobson
Phone: (805) 235-1023
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Executive Director
Denise Mullinax
Phone: (530)753-0681

Sponsors and Scientific Advisory Committee Members

The sponsor-lead Steering Committee (SC) is the highest governing body at IMGC, providing leadership and developing a strategic framework and working principles for the consortium. It decides on all modifications of the general policies and procedures and advises the SAC on scientific strategy. The SC is composed of one representative from each of the sponsoring members, as voting members.

Rivkeh Haryono, Ph.D.
Nutrition Scientist
Dairy Australia

Lise Berg Kildemark
Director, Cooperative Innovation & Portfolio
Arla Foods Ingredients

Denise Mullinax
Executive Director
California Dairy Research Foundation

Stephan Peters, Ph.D.
Manager Nutrition Research and Food Law
Dutch Dairy Association (NZO)

Bernd Stahl, Ph.D.
Director Human Milk Research
Danone Nutricia Research

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) develops the scientific and technical content, and priorities for the consortium’s services such as the annual Symposium presentations. The SAC is composed of the Scientific Advisory Committee Leader and at least five other representatives from the scientific community. There is an annual meeting of the SAC that is held in conjunction with the Symposium.

Henrik Jørgen Andersen, Ph.D.
Senior Innovation Manager-Strategic R&D
Arla Foods Ingredients

J. Bruce German, Ph.D.
Director, Foods for Health Institute
Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology
UC Davis

Kasper Hettinga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dairy Science and Technology
Wageningen University

Klaus Lehnert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Auckland

Danielle G. Lemay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professional Researcher
Genome Center Faculty Member
UC Davis

Patrice Martin, Ph.D.
Directeur de Recherches (Research Director)
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Monique Rijnkels, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University

Bernd Stahl, Ph.D.
Director Human Milk Research
Danone Nutricia Research

Peter Langborg Wejse, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist, Program Manager
Arla Foods amba

Peter Williamson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology and Genomics
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Sydney