College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

Michael Georgieff

  • Professor - Institute of Child Development, Executive Vice Chair and Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Co-Director - Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

Michael Georgieff

Areas of interest

Effects of fetal/neonatal nutrition on brain development and neurocognitive function


MD, Washington University


Michael K. Georgieff, MD, holds the position of the Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair in Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, Developmental Psychology, and Obsetrics and Gynecology at the University. He is the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. 

He received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He served his internship, residency and neonatal fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Minnesota. In addition to attending on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Georgieff is Director of the NICU Follow-up Program.

Dr. Georgieff’s research focuses on fetal/neonatal nutrition and brain development, specifically on the effect of early life iron nutrition and neurocognitive function. He has been continuously funded in this field by the National Institutes of Health for 25 years and has published over 250 scientific articles. He advises the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and UNICEF on nutrition and early child development.

Effects of fetal/neonatal nutrition on brain development and neurocognitive function


Georgieff Laboratory In Development Nutritional Neuroscience 

Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain


Georgieff MK, Tran PV, Carlson ES. Atypical fetal development: Fetal alcohol syndrome, nutritional deprivation, teratogens and risk for neurodevelopmental disorders and psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 30:1063-1086, 2018.

Georgieff MK, Brunette KE, Tran PV. Early life nutrition and neural plasticity. Dev Psychopathol 27: 411-23; 2015. PMC: 4443711

Georgieff MK, Ramel SE, Cusick SE. Nutritional influences on brain development. Acta Pediatrica, 107:1310-1321, 2018.

Schwarzenberg SJ, Georgieff MK. Advocacy for improving nutrition in the first 1000 days to support childhood development and adult health. AAP Committee on Nutrition. Pediatrics 141:e20172716; 2018.

Cusick SE, Georgieff MK. The role of nutrition in brain development: The golden opportunity of the first 1000 days. J Pediatrics 175:16-21, 2016. PMCID: 4981537.

Barks AK, Hall AM, Tran PV, Georgieff MK. Iron as a model nutrient for understanding the nutritional origins of neuropsychiatric disease. Pediatric Research,85:176-182; 2019.

Wozniak J, Fink BA, Fuglestad AJ, Eckerle JK, Boys CJ, Sandness KE, Radke JP, Miller NC, Lindgren CC, Brearley AM, Zeisel SJ, Georgieff MK. Four-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of choline for neurodevelopment in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. J Neurodev Dis; in press, 2020.

Matveeva TM, Singh G, Gisslen TA, Gewirtz JC, Georgieff MK. Sex differences in adult social, cognitive, and affective behavioral deficits following neonatal phlebotomy-induced anemia in a mice. Brain and Behavior, in press, 2020.

Hickey MK, Miller NC, Haapala J, Demerath EW, Pfister KM, Georgieff MK, Gale CA. Infants exposed to antibiotics after birth have altered recognition memory responses at one month of age. Pediatr Res, in press, 2020.