What we do

SPLASH!® milk science update, founded in 2012, is the monthly scientific publication of the International Milk Genomics Consortium. SPLASH! translates the latest scientific discoveries in milk and dairy science and lactation from the primary literature into accessible articles for a broader audience. Our audience includes academic scientists, industry scientists, and interested people around the world. Readers are apprised of scientific innovation and discovery without a pay wall; our educational content is free to all. Each month, SPLASH! covers four milk science topics for a total of 48 articles per year. These topics bridge different fields, such as human health and agricultural sciences, and especially those with an “omics” focus. SPLASH! now has a searchable archive of more than 350 articles read annually by more than 100,000 readers worldwide. SPLASH! is funded by IMGC Elite and Premier Sponsors, however, sponsors do not provide input in creating or editing any of the publication’s content. 

Meet the team

The SPLASH! editorial team is made up of a team of scientists and journalists with backgrounds ranging from milk science and lactation to English.  

Principal Investigator Carl Whithaus, Ph.D.

Executive Editor Danielle Lemay, Ph.D. Research Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center, Davis CA
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition Faculty, Genome Center University of California Davis, Davis, CA Email: danielle.lemay@usda.gov

Dr. Danielle Lemay is the Founder and Executive Editor of “SPLASH! milk science update”, the official e-newsletter of the IMGC for which she has selected and reviewed over 300 lay articles on milk science. She also joined the IMGC Scientific Advisory Committee in 2007. Dr. Lemay is a Research Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor with the Department of Nutrition and faculty member of the Genome Center at University of California-Davis. Dr. Lemay’s research program was previously focused on the genetics of milk production, mammary biology, and milk-oriented microbes.  In her lab at the USDA, she is studying the effect of diet on gut microbes and gastrointestinal health. She has a PhD and MS in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis, and a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT. Her bibliography is publicly available here.

Managing Editor Katie Rodger, Ph.D. Lecturer, University Writing Program University of California Davis, Davis, CA Email: karodger@ucdavis.edu

Editorial Assistant Cora Morgan

Associate Editor Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D. Research Associate Smithsonian Institute

Associate Editor Anna Petherick, Ph.D. Investigative Journalist

Associate Editor Sandeep Ravindran, Ph.D. Freelance Science Writer

Sandeep Ravindran has been writing for “SPLASH! milk science update” since 2015. He is a freelance science writer based in the Washington, DC area. Sandeep received his B.S. in Biology from Cornell University, and completed a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford University. After receiving a graduate degree in science communication from UC Santa Cruz, he worked as a science writer for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He currently works as a freelance science writer covering the life sciences and technology, and has written for a variety of publications including Nature, The Scientist, Wired, Smithsonian, and National Geographic News. His website can be found here.

Associate Editor Ross Tellam, Ph.D.

Associate Editor Peter Williamson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Physiology and Genomics
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Sydney, Australia Email: p.williamson@sydney.edu.au

Dr. Williamson has been writing for “SPLASH! milk science update” since 2012. He has a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Sydney. He was a post-doctoral fellow in immuno-biology at the University of Pennsylvania, before establishing a laboratory as a Principal Investigator and a Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney. He moved into dairy genomics as a Principal Research Fellow in Functional Genomics and is currently Associate Professor, Physiology and Genomics.

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