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Katie Hinde

Associate Professor and Chair of the Executive Committee
Faculty, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 2402
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Assoc Professor
Faculty, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 2402

Did you know mother's milk was older than dinosaurs? Or that the "biological recipe" of mother's milk can differ for sons and daughtes? Did you know that milk doesn't just provide the building blocks for infant development, but fuels infant behavior too?At ASU, Hinde investigates the food, medicine, and signal of mother's milk. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Hinde co-edited “Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective” released by Springer in 2013. Hinde is an associate editor and writer for SPLASH! Milk Science Update, executive council member for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and showcases research on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation for the general public, clinicians, and researchers at her blog “Mammals Suck… Milk!”


Dr. Katie Hinde, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1999, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2008, was a post-doctoral scholar in Neuroscience in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, UC Davis from 2009-2011, and served as an Assistant Professor in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University 2011-2015.

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Katie Hinde on "You're The Expert" Comedy Show with Wyatt Cenac, Sarah Vowell, Eugene Mirman & Chris Duffy
Research Interests

In the Comparative Lactation Lab they investigate the first substance a mammal is adapted to consume- mother’s milk. Natural selection has shaped milk to be food, medicine, and signal. By studying humans, monkeys, and other mammals Hinde has found that just as individuals vary in their “mothering style,” the individual profile of fats, proteins, sugars, minerals, hormones, bacteria, and other constituents in mother’s milk are as unique as fingerprints. That variation shapes infant growth, health, and neurodevelopment. Importantly, milk not only builds the infant’s body, but fuels the infant’s behavioral activity. Most recently she has begun to explore the complex evolutionary dynamics among mother, microbes, and babies.

Research on breastfeeding and breast milk spanning the social and life sciences can translate into more personalized clinical recommendations and health optimization for mothers and their infants.  Further, a better understanding of the composition and function of milk informs the composition of a more representative infant formula for those mothers facing obstacles to or contraindications for breastfeeding. Transdisciplinary approaches to mother’s milk, along with public outreach and science communication, facilitate discoveries at the bench and their translation to applications at the bedside. Moreover Hinde emphasizes the role of socio-political institutions and cultural dynamics as essential considerations in approaching the science of motherhood.


Selected Publications

Bernstein R, Hinde K. 2016. Bioactives in macaque milk: maternal predictors and infant outcomes. American Journal of Primatology.

Austin C, Smith TM, Farazhani RMZ, Hinde K, Carter E, Lee J, Lay P, Doble P, Hare DJ, Sarrafpour B, Wright RJ, Wright RO, Arora M. 2016. Multimodal imaging reveals stress-related biochemical signatures in primate teeth. Scientific Reports.

Hinde K, Lewis ZT. 2015. Mother’s Littlest Helpers. Science. 348:1427-1428.

Hinde K. 2015. Motherhood. in: Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Eds: R. Scott and S. Kosslyn, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0392

Wahl A. Baker C, Spagnulo RA, Stamper LW, Fouda GG, Permar SR, Hinde K, Kuhn L, Bode L, Aldrovandi GM, Garcia JV. 2015. Breast milk of HIV-positive mothers has potent and species-specific in vivo HIV-inhibitory activity. Journal of Virology. doi 10.1128/JVI.01702-15

Mattison SM, Wander K, Hinde K. 2015. Prolonged breastfeeding is associated with longer birth intervals, but not measures of growth or health, among children in Kilimanjaro, TZ. Am J Hum Biol. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22729

Nuñez CL, Grote MN, Wechsler M, Allen-Blevins C, Hinde K. (2015). Offspring of primiparous mothers do not experience greater mortality or poorer growth: Revisiting the conventional wisdom with archival records of rhesus macaques. Am J Primatol. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22426

Allen-Blevins C, Sela DA, Hinde K. 2015. Milk bioactives may mediate parent-offspring conflict through microbial manipulation. Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health. 2015: 106-121 doi: 10.1093/emph/eov007.

Muth C, Bales KL, Hinde K, Maninger N, Mendoza SP, Ferrer E. 2015. Alternative models for small samples in psychological research: applying linear mixed effects models and generalized estimating equations to repeated measures data. Educational and Psychological Measurement. doi: 10.1177/0013164415580432

Beck K, Weber D, Phinney B, Smilowitz J, Hinde K, Lönnerdal B, Korf I, Lemay DG. 2015. Comparative proteomics of human and macaque milks: humans get a helping hand during post-natal development. J Proteomics Research. doi: 10.1021/pr501243m

Breakey A, Hinde K, Valeggia C, Sinofsky A, Ellison P. 2015. Illness in breastfeeding infants relates to concentration of lactoferrin and secretory Immunoglobulin A in mother’s milk. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. doi: 10.1093/emph/eov002

Hinde K, Skibiel AL, Foster A, Del Rosso L, Mendoza SP, Capitanio JP. 2015. Cortisol in Mother’s Milk across Lactation Reflects Maternal Life History and Predicts Infant Temperament. Behavioral Ecology. 26(1): 269-281 doi: 10.1093/beheco/aru186

Kato A, Tang N, Borries C, Papakyrikos AM, Hinde K, Miller E., Kunimatsu Y, Hirasaki E, Shimizu D, Smith TM. 2014. Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Macaque Molar Enamel Thickness. Am J Phys Anth. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22593

Clancy K, Nelson R, Rutherford JN, Hinde K. 2014. Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault. PLoS One. 9(7): e102172. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102172. (#38 on Altmetric Top 100 of 2014)

Hinde K. 2014. Essential Tensions in Infant Rearing: Commentary on “Troubled sleep: night waking, breastfeeding, and parent–offspring conflict” David Haig. Evolution, Medicine & Public Health. 2014(1): 48-50.

Hinde K. 2014. The Potential Wonders of Other’s Milk. Commentary on “Allomaternal nursing in humans.” B.S. Hewlett, S. Wynn. Current Anthropology. 55 (2), 216-217

Hinde K, Carpenter AJ, Clay J, Bradford BJ. 2014. Holsteins Favor Heifers, Not Bulls: Biased Milk Production Programmed during Pregnancy as a Function of Fetal Sex. PLoS One. 9(2): e86169. (#13 of TOP 20 of 2014 PLoS One Articles)

Lemay DG, Hovey RC, Hartono SR, Hinde K, Smilowitz JT, Ventimiglia F, Schmidt KA, Lee JWS, Islas-Trejo A, Silva PIG, Korf I, Medrano JF, Barry PA, German JB. 2013. Sequencing the transcriptome of milk production: milk trumps mammary tissue. BMC Genomics 14:872 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-872

Bell A, Hinde K, Newson L. 2013. Who was Helping? The Scope for Female Cooperative Breeding in Early Homo. PLOS One. 8(12), e83667

Austin C, Smith TM, Bradman A, Hinde K, Joannes-Boyau R,  Bishop D, Hare DJ,  Doble P, Eskenazi B, Arora M. 2013. Barium distributions in teeth reveal early life dietary transitions in primates. Nature 498: 216-219.

Hinde K. 2013. Lactational Programming of Infant Behavioral Phenotype In: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives. Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN, eds.  Springer, New York. pp 187-207

Fairbanks LA, Hinde K. 2013. Behavioral Response of Mothers and Infants to Variation in Maternal Condition: Adaptation, Compensation and Resilience. In: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives. Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN, eds. Springer, New York. pp 281-302

Hinde K, Foster AB, Landis LM, Rendina D, Oftedal OT, Power ML. 2013. Daughter Dearest: Sex-Biased Calcium in Mother’s Milk among Rhesus Macaques. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 151: 144-150.

O’Sullivan A, He X, McNiven EMS, Hinde K, Haggarty NW, Lönnerdal B, Slupsky CM. 2013. Metabolomic phenotyping validates the infant rhesus monkey as a model of human infant metabolism. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 56: 355-363.

Miller EM, Aiello MO, Fujita M, Hinde K, Milligan L, Quinn EA. 2013. Field and Laboratory Methods in Human Milk Research. Am J Hum Biol 25:1-11.

Hinde K, German B. 2012. Food in an evolutionary context: Insights from mother’s milk. J Sci Food Agric. 92(11):2219-23.

Neville MC, Anderson SM, McManaman, Badger TM, Bunik M, Crume T, Dabelea D, Donovan S, Forman N, Frank DN, Friedman JE, German JB, Goldman A, Hadsell D, Hambidge M, Hinde K, Horseman ND, Hovey RC, Hovey RC, Janoff E, Krebs N, Lebrilla C, Lemay DG, MacLean PS, Meier P, Morrow A, Neu J, Nommsen-Rivers, Raiten DJ, Rijnkels M, Seewaldt V, Shur BD, VanHouten J, Williamson P. 2012. Lactation and neonatal nutrition: defining and refining the critical questions. J Mamm Gland Biol Neoplasia. 17:167-88

Hinde K, Milligan LM. 2011. Primate milk synthesis: Proximate mechanisms and ultimate perspectives. Evol Anthropol 20:9-23.

Tao N, Wu S, Kim J,  An HJ, Hinde K, Power M, Gagneux P, German J, Lebrilla C. 2011. Evolutionary glycomics: Characterization of milk oligosaccharides in primates. J Proteome Res. 10:1548-1557

Jin L, Hinde K, Tao L. 2011. Species diversity and relative abundance of lactic acid bacteria in the milk of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). J Med Primatol 40: 52–58.

Sullivan EC, Hinde K, Mendoza SP, Capitanio JP. 2011. Cortisol concentrations in the milk of rhesus monkey mothers are associated with confident temperament in sons, but not daughters. Dev Psychobiol 53: 96–104.

Goto K, Fukuda K, Senda A, Saito T, Kimura K, Glander KE, Hinde K, Dittus W, Milligan LA, Power ML, Oftedal OT, Urashima T. 2010. Chemical characterization of oligosaccharides in the milk of six species of New and Old world monkeys. Glycoconj J. 27:703–715

Hinde K, Capitanio JP. 2010. Lactational programming? Mother’s milk predicts infant temperament and behavior. Am J Primatol. 72:522-529

Hinde K. 2009. Richer milk for sons but more milk for daughters: sex biased investment during lactation varies with maternal life history in rhesus macaques. Am J Hum Biol 21:512-519.

Hinde K, Power M, Oftedal OT. 2009. Rhesus macaque milk: Magnitude, sources, and consequences of individual variation over lactation. Am J Phys Anth 138:148-57.

Hinde K. 2007. First-time macaque mothers bias milk composition in favor of sons. Curr Biol 17:R958-R959.

Hinde K. 2007. Milk composition varies in relation to the presence and abundance of Balantidium coli in the mother in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Am J Primatol 69:625-34.


Books Edited

Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives. 2013. Editors: Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, Vol. 37. Springer, New York. p 531. ISBN 978-1-4614-4059-8

Research Activity

GRANTS (selected)

2015-2018       “Adolescent and adult outcomes of early life lactocrine programming of temperament: neuroenergetics and social behavior” NSF IOS-1456174  (Total Budget $475,000); Role: Principle Investigator

2014-2017       “Effects of Chronic Intranasal Oxytocin” PI: Karen Bales NIH NICHHD R01HD071998-02S1A1; Role: co-Investigator 

2009-2013       “Longitudinal Investigation of Maternal Influences on Infant Outcomes Mediated by Physiological Investment and Behavioral Care during Lactation in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta).” National Science Foundation BCS-0921978 (Total Budget $400,000); Role: Principle Investigator

2011                “Assessment of a Non-Human Primate Model of Human Mammary RNA during Lactation” California National Primate Research Center Post-Doc Pilot Grant to PI Danielle Lemay under CNPRC Base Grant NIH RR000169 Role: Collaborating Investigator

2005-2007     “Maternal Condition and Lactational Investment: Nursing Behavior, Milk Production and Infant Outcomes in Captive Rhesus Macaques” NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant #0525025 Role: co-PI with advisor Joan Silk.

2004                Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of Research


Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 104Bones, Stones/Human Evolution
ASB 194Special Topics
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SSH 403Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASM 414Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 443Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 294Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 294Special Topics
ASB 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 294Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

2016                Ehrlich-Koldovsky Early Career Award, International Society for Research in Human Milk & Lactation

2016                Sustainability Innovators, Organizers, & Visionaries #Grist50 Grist Magazine 

2014                Early Career Achievement Award, American Society of Primatologists (1st awardee since 2001)

2014                Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle Central College

2013                MVP Award (voted Most Valuable Presentation), 10th Annual Milk Genomics and Human Health Meeting

  • Editorial Review BoardJournal of Human Lactation (2014 - 2016)
  • Associate Editor, SPLASH! Milk Science Update, Int’l Milk Genomics Cons. (2012-2016)
  • Editorial Review Board, American Anthropologist (2016-2018)
Professional Associations

International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation American Association for the Advancement of Science American Anthropological Association American Society of Primatologists Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny

  • Mammals Suck... Milk! Science Outreach Blog, >990,000 page views since 2011 
  • International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, Executive Councilor (2013 - 2016)
Work History

2015- Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, ASU 2015- Core Faculty, Center of Evolution and Medicine, ASU 2015-2016 Visiting Scholar, Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University 2011-2015 Assistant Professor, Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University 2009-2011 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Brain, Mind, & Behavior, California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), UC Davis 2008-2009 Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara 2007-2008 Mentor, Science & Society Program, UC Davis