Sherman Bigornia

Phone: (603) 862-2413
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 117, Durham, NH 03824
Sherman Bigornia

Dr. Bigornia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire. He uses epidemiological approaches to identify potential nutritional targets to inform therapies and prevention strategies to modify metabolic risk factors and reduce the burden of chronic disease. Areas of interest include dietary risk factors of overweight and obesity, the roles of inflammation and insulin resistance in vascular dysfunction, dietary fat quality in brain related health, and health disparities.


  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • M.A., Boston University
  • B.S., University of California - San Diego

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cognitive Disorders/Impairment
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Obesity

Courses Taught

  • NUTR 709/809: Nutritional Epidemiology
  • NUTR 750/850: Nutritional Biochemistry

Selected Publications

Mattei, J., Bigornia, S. J., Sotos-Prieto, M., Scott, T., Gao, X., & Tucker, K. L. (2019). The Mediterranean Diet and 2-Year Change in Cognitive Function by Status of Type 2 Diabetes and Glycemic Control. DIABETES CARE, 42(8), 1372-1379. doi:10.2337/dc19-0130

Bigornia, S. J., Scott, T. M., Harris, W. S., & Tucker, K. L. (2018). Prospective Associations of Erythrocyte Composition and Dietary Intake of n-3 and n-6 PUFA with Measures of Cognitive Function. NUTRIENTS, 10(9). doi:10.3390/nu10091253

Mattei, J., Sotos-Prieto, M., Bigornia, S. J., Noel, S. E., & Tucker, K. L. (2017). The Mediterranean Diet Score Is More Strongly Associated with Favorable Cardiometabolic Risk Factors over 2 Years Than Other Diet Quality Indexes in Puerto Rican Adults. JOURNAL OF NUTRITION, 147(4), 661-669. doi:10.3945/jn.116.245431

Young, L. S., Huong, P. T. T., Lam, N. T., Thu, N. N., Van, H. T., Hanh, N. L., . . . Ziegler, T. R. (2016). Nutritional status and feeding practices in gastrointestinal surgery patients at Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam. ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 25(3), 513-520. doi:10.6133/apjcn.092015.15

Bigornia, S. J., Harris, W. S., Falcon, L. M., Ordovas, J. M., Lai, C. -Q., & Tucker, K. L. (2016). The Omega-3 Index Is Inversely Associated with Depressive Symptoms among Individuals with Elevated Oxidative Stress Biomarkers. JOURNAL OF NUTRITION, 146(4), 758-766. doi:10.3945/jn.115.222562

Bigornia, S. J., Farb, M. G., Mott, M. M., Hess, D. T., Carmine, B., Fiscale, A., . . . Gokce, N. (2012). Relation of depot-specific adipose inflammation to insulin resistance in human obesity. NUTRITION & DIABETES, 2. doi:10.1038/nutd.2012.3

Farb, M. G., Ganley-Leal, L., Mott, M., Liang, Y., Ercan, B., Widlansky, M. E., . . . Gokce, N. (2012). Arteriolar Function in Visceral Adipose Tissue Is Impaired in Human Obesity. ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY, 32(2), 467-U727. doi:10.1161/ATVBAHA.111.235846

Farb, M. G., Bigornia, S., Mott, M., Tanriverdi, K., Morin, K. M., Freedman, J. E., . . . Gokce, N. (2011). Reduced adipose tissue inflammation represents an intermediate cardiometabolic phenotype in obesity.. J Am Coll Cardiol, 58(3), 232-237. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2011.01.051

Gauthier, M. -S., O'Brien, E. L., Bigornia, S., Mott, M., Cacicedo, J. M., Xu, X. J., . . . Ruderman, N. (2011). Decreased AMP-activated protein kinase activity is associated with increased inflammation in visceral adipose tissue and with whole-body insulin resistance in morbidly obese humans.. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 404(1), 382-387. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2010.11.127

Apovian, C. M., Bigornia, S., Mott, M., Meyers, M. R., Ulloor, J., Gagua, M., . . . Gokce, N. (2008). Adipose macrophage infiltration is associated with insulin resistance and vascular endothelial dysfunction in obese subjects.. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 28(9), 1654-1659. doi:10.1161/ATVBAHA.108.170316

Most Cited Publications