A graduate of Polo High School, Michelle “Shelley” McGuire will be joining the staff at the University of Idaho as the new director of the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences beginning Aug 13.
She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986, receiving her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois in 1988 and her doctorate in human nutrition from Cornell University in 1994.
She is the lead author of the textbook “Nutritional Sciences: from Fundamentals to Food”.
This is the primary textbook used in nutrition courses in academic institutions across the U.S. She and her husband, Mark McGuire live in Moscow, Idaho.
They have three children.
McGuire was a professor in lactation physiology and nutrition in Washington State University’s School of Biological Sciences before accepting the U of I position.
Her research focuses on better understanding how maternal diet and nutritional status influence milk composition and maternal and infant health during breastfeeding.
Most recently she has worked with colleagues at the University of Idaho to study the presence and variability of bacteria in human milk and the resulting impact on infant health in the U.S. and worldwide.
As a seasoned science writer, she is also passionately committed to bettering human health by providing user-friendly, high quality evidence-based nutrition information to the press and public.