Malcolm Peaker pursues research interests in the physiology of secretion, in particular, of milk. Malcolm has conducted notable investigations on the interaction between mother and offspring — primarily in relation to lactation — in dairy animals, birds and humans. His findings have significantly advanced our understanding of milk secretion over the decades, and he is considered a leader in the field.
Amongst his other discoveries, Malcolm isolated a group of proteins in milk that exert inhibitory control on milk secretion — a result that explains how milking intervals help to regulate milk yield. He also made a number of important observations about the relationship between the mammary gland development and reproduction.
Malcolm has been an invited speaker at a number of worldwide lectures as well as a member of many government committees related to the life sciences, including biotechnology, veterinary science and food. He is also an elected Fellow of a number of prestigious scientific societies.
Interest and expertise
Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical), Endocrinology and reproduction (non-clinical)
Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
Organismal biology (including invertebrate and vertebrate zoology), Agricultural and forest science
Health and human sciences
History of science, Public understanding of science, Science policy
Mammary glands, Lactation, Endocrinology, Animal physiology, Zoology, Salt glands