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Jennie Bever Babendure is an adjunct assistant research professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Her research interests include obesity, inflammation, endocrine dysfunction and lactation outcomes, biological basis of lactation failure, coordination of care to protect maternal and child health in the early postpartum, women's health, maternal depression and anxiety and the use of social media to advance health advocacy campaigns. 

Jennie is also the Executive Director of 4th Trimester Arizona, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to change the culture of new parenthood so no one has to do it alone.  To learn more find us at




  • PhD - University of California, San Diego
    Biology, 2007
  • BS - Arizona State University, AZ
    Biochemistry, 2000
  • Lactation Consultant -University of California, San Diego, 2009
  • International Board Certification as Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), 2009
Research Interests: 

Obesity, inflammation, endocrine dysfunction and lactation outcomes. Biological basis of lactation failure. Coordination of care to protect maternal and child health in the early postpartum.  Maternal depression and anxiety.  The use of social media to advance health advocacy campaigns. 


Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Bever Babendure JL, McCann A, Audelo L, Chase J, Forbes B, Hickman M, Linda K, McCulloch J, Rigg DB, Walker M, West A.  Friends of the WHO Code: Using Social Media to Defend the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.  United States Lactation Consultants Associationa Annual Meeting, July 2013 St. Louis, MO. 
  • Resifsnider E, Mendias N, Davila Y and Bever Babendure JL. Contraception and the Obese Woman.  Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 2013 May;25(5):223-33.
  • Bever Babendure JL, Watkins A, Dodgson JE.  Breastfeeding Support in Maricopa County; A Geospatical Analysis. American Public Health Association Meeting, November 1, 2011 Washington, D.C.
  • Yoshizaki T, Schenk S, Imamura T, Babendure JL, Sonoda N, Bae EJ, Oh DY, Lu M, Milne JC, Westphal C, Bandyopadhyay G, Olefsky JM. SIRT1 inhibits inflammatory pathways in macrophages and modulates insulin sensitivity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Mar;298(3):E419-28
  • Yoshizaki T, Imamura T, Babendure JL, Lu JC, Sonoda N, Olefsky JM. Myosin 5a is an insulin-stimulated Akt2 (protein kinase Bbeta) substrate modulating GLUT4 vesicle translocation. Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Jul;27(14):5172-83.
  • Babendure JR, Babendure JL, Ding JH, Tsien RY. Control of mammalian translation by mRNA structure near caps. RNA. 2006 May;12(5):851-61.
  • Li LS, Babendure JL, Sinha SC, Olefsky JM, Lerner RA. (Shared first author) Synthesis and evaluation of photolabile insulin prodrugs. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2005 Sep 1;15(17):3917-20.
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