Sherman J. Bigornia

Assistant Professor
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: Nutritional Epidemiology
  • NUTR 750: Nutritional Biochemistry

Selected Publications

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. The 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., Lichtenstein, A. H., Harris, W. S., & Tucker, K. L. (2016). Associations of erythrocyte fatty acid patterns with insulin resistance. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103(3), 902-909. doi:10.3945/ajcn.115.123604

Bigornia, S. J., & Newby, P. K. (2015). Diet and Obesity: Cause, Consequence, and Prevention. In K. Albala (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues.

Ngo, D. T. M., Farb, M. G., Kikuchi, R., Karki, S., Tiwari, S., Bigornia, S. J., . . . Gokce, N. (2014). Antiangiogenic Actions of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A 165 b, an Inhibitory Isoform of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A, in Human ObesityCLINICAL PERSPECTIVE. Circulation, 130(13), 1072-1080. doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.008171

Bigornia, S. J., Farb, M. G., Tiwari, S., Karki, S., Hamburg, N. M., Vita, J. A., . . . Gokce, N. (2013). Insulin Status and Vascular Responses to Weight Loss in Obesity. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 62(24), 2297-2305. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2013.07.078

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(3), e30. 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), 467-473. doi:10.1161/ATVBAHA.111.235846

Bigornia, S. J., Mott, M. M., Hess, D. T., Apovian, C. M., McDonnell, M. E., Duess, M. -A., . . . Gokce, N. (2010). Long-term Successful Weight Loss Improves Vascular Endothelial Function in Severely Obese Individuals. Obesity, 18(4), 754-759. doi:10.1038/oby.2009.482

Most Cited Publications