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Skinner Hall

651 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Room 228


BS Nursing (2009), MS (Nursing, 2013; Clinical and Translation Research, 2019), PhD (Nursing, 2014), Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2017)

Carrie-Ellen Briere is a neonatal nurse who focuses on the biology of human milk and its involvement with infant health, growth, and development. The Briere Human Milk Research Laboratory analyzes many bioactive components of human milk and seeks to understand how these many components interact from a biological systems perspective. Dr. Briere’s research is driven by the goal to improve infant health. To do this, her research aims to understand how to optimize milk delivery to preterm and ill neonates and to further investigate and determine the mechanism(s) by which human milk components protect infants and promote growth and development. Her research is currently supported by grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Dr. Briere is an Assistant Professor in the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches across the undergraduate and doctoral curricula. Her special focus in the doctoral program is increasing knowledge of genomics and other ‘omics and the use of biological research in nurse-driven research. Within her courses and student mentorship, she gives nursing students first-hand experience in a laboratory environment. Dr. Briere is passionate about effective science communication and is the Social Media Editor for Advances in Neonatal Care. Dr. Briere is an active member, and founder of the research committee, for the New England Association of Neonatal Nurses, and an active member of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

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