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Sarah J. Borengasser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

12631 East 17th Ave, Mail Stop F561
Academic Office Building, Room 2615
Aurora, CO  80045


Work Phone:  303-724-9550
Current CV



  • Postdoc, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, Early Origins of Obesity
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Nutrition
  • M.S., Iowa State University, Exercise Science
  • B.A., Wartburg College, Spanish Studies

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve elucidating mechanisms involved in transmitting disease susceptibility from mother to offspring. My short and long term career goals are to conduct translational research, using epigenetics as another avenue of investigation, to examine lifestyle interventions aimed to halt the transmission of obesity and type 2 diabetes risk to the next generation.  


Current Projects Include:
  • Examining DNA methylation changes in umbilical cord blood (UCB) associated with the administration of a preconception nutritional supplement aimed to improve offspring growth in the Women First birth cohort
  • Assessing 1C metabolites in maternal samples prior to and during pregnancy from the WF study
  • Determining methylation biomarkers in UCB in infants experiencing rapid growth and adiposity changes during 0-6 mos of life in the Healthy Start Prebirth cohort

Lab Members





  • Borengasser, SJ (PI).  "Maternal obesity, micronutrient supplementation, and epigenetic programming." NIH: 1K01DK109077-01 Career Development Award (Mentors:  Jacob Friedman, Nancy Krebs, Ivana Yang, Kenneth Jones, and Dana Dabelea). ($403,494.)  Funded:  April 2016 - March 2019.

  • Borengasser, SJ (PI). "Role of maternal obesity and preconception micronutrient supplementation on DNA mythylation in umbilical cord blood and infant outcomes." Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Child and Maternal Health Mentored Pilot Program (Mentors:  Ivana Yang, Kenneth Jones). ($20,000.)  Funded June 2016 - May 2017.

  • Borengasser, SJ (PI).  "Targeted Metabolomics for 1C Metabolites from Maternal Dried Blood Spot Samples Prior to and During Pregnancy." University of Florida's Southest Center for Integrated Metabolomics Pilot and Feasibility Program, NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program U24DK097209. ($37,050.)  Funded: July 2016 - June 2017.

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