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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Teri L. Hernandez, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nursing

Teri Hernandez

Teri Hernandez has a special interest in understanding women's health, specifically in-utero programming influences such as diet that enhance or attenuate CVD and diabetes risk in pregnant mothers and their infants. Her growing area of expertise in research centers on glucose and lipid metabolism during pregnancy. She completed her baccalaureate degree in nursing at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1994. After working as a medical and oncology nurse in the Chicago area for 1 year, she was granted admission to a cardiovascular nurse internship program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 1995. During her years at Baylor, she fulfilled a variety of roles as a cardiovascular nurse, including: post-operative cardiothoracic, heart/lung transplant, telemetry, charge nurse/supervisor, and cardiac rehabilitation educator.

In 2000, she came to the University of Colorado Hospital and worked on 8 West General Clinical Research Center. She joined Dr. Robert Eckel as part of his research team in 2001, and joined the medicine faculty in Endocrinology as an Instructor in 2005. Her master of science in nursing degree was conferred in May, 2005 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In December, 2009, she completed her PhD in the UCD College of Nursing. Her Research interests include: insulin resistance, gestational diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, lipids and lipid metabolism, obesity and fat metabolism. She recently joined the medicine and nursing faculty as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the baccalaureate nursing program. She has a further interest in philosophy as it pertains to nursing science and other human sciences.

Degree    Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado


MS University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Aurora, Colorado
Nursing 2005
​BS ​Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois
​Nursing ​1994​
Bessesen, DH, Cox-York, KA, Hernandez, TL, Erickson, CB, Wang, H, Jackman, MR, Van Pelt, RE.  Postprandial triglycerides and adipose tissue storage of dietary fatty acids:  Impact of menopause and estradiol. Obesity, 2014, in-press.

Boyle KE, Hwang H, DeVente JM, Barbour LA, Hernandez TL, Mandarino LJ, Lappas M and Friedman JE. Gestational diabetes is characterized by reduced mitochondrial protein expression and altered calcium signaling proteins in skeletal muscle. PLoS One, 2014, 9(9):e106872.
Hernandez, TL Glycemic targets in pregnancies affected by diabetes:  Historical perspective and future directions.  Current Diabetes Reports, 2015, 15(1):565.
Hernandez, TLVanPelt, RE, Anderson, MA, Daniels, LJ, West, JA, Donahoo, WT, Friedman, JE, and Barbour, LA.  A higher complex carbohydrate diet in gestational diabetes achieves glucose targets and lowers postprandial lipids:  A randomized crossover study.  Diabetes Care, 2014, 37(5):1254-1262.
Hernandez, TL, Anderson, MA, Chartier-Logan, C, Friedman, JE, Barbour, LA.  Strategies in the nutritional management of gestational diabetes.  Clin Obstet Gynecol, 2013, 56(4): 803-15.  [NIHMS524276]
Hernandez, TL, Barbour, LA. A standard approach to continuous glucose monitor data in pregnancy for the study of fetal growth and infant outcomes. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, 2013, 15(2): 172-179.
Rehrer, CW, Karimour-Fard, A, Hernandez, TL, Law, CK, Stob, NR, Hunter, LE, Eckel, RH.  Regional differences in subcutaneous adipose tissue gene expression.  Obesity, 2012, May 4. Doi: 10.1038oby.2012.117. [Epub ahead of print]
Ferland A; Chateau-Degat ML; Hernandez TL; Eckel RH. Tissue-specific responses of lipoprotein lipase to dietary macronutrient composition as a predictor of weight gain over 4 years. Obesity. 2012, Jan 19. doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.372. [Epub ahead of print].
Barbour, LA; Van Pelt, REBrumbaugh, DE; Hernandez, TLFriedman, JE. Comment on Rowan et al., MiG TOFU Trial: “Caution in Interpretation of the MiG TOFU Trial.” Diabetes Care, 2012, 35(3): e28.
Hernandez, TLFriedman, JE; Van Pelt, RE; Barbour, LA.  Response to comment letter, “Changing Glucose Targets in Pregnancy.” Invited response. Diabetes Care, 2011, 34, e175.
Harmon, K; Gerard, L; Jensen, DR; Kealey, EH; Hernandez, TL; Reece, MS; Barbour, LA; Bessesen, DH. Continuous Glucose Profiles in Obese and Normal-Weight Pregnant Women on Controlled Diet: Metabolic Determinants of Fetal Growth.  Diabetes Care, 2011, 34(10):2198-204.
Hernandez, TLFriedman, JE; Van Pelt, RE; Barbour, LA.  Patterns of Glycemia in Normal Pregnancy: Should the Current Therapeutic Targets be Challenged?  Diabetes Care, 2011, 34(7): 1660-8.
Hernandez, TL; Kittleson, JM; Law, CK; Ketch, LL; Stob, NR.; Lindstrom, RC; Scherzinger, AL; Stamm, ER; Eckel, RH.  Fat Redistribution Following Suction Lipectomy: Defense of Body Fat and Patterns of Restoration.  Obesity, 2011, 19(7): 1388-95.
Barbour, LA; McCurdy, CE; Hernandez, TL; Friedman, JE.  Chronically Increased S6K1 and IRS1 Serine Phosphorylation Are Associated with Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance in GDM Women with Impaired Glucose Tolerance Postpartum. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2011, 96(5): 1431-41.
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Principle Investigator.  Randomized Trial of Diet in GDM:  Metabolic Consequences to Mother and Offspring.  PI: Hernandez, TL. NIH R01 DK101659. 
2012 Co-Investigator:  Role of Maternal Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes on Development of the Infant Microbiome and Adiposity.  PI:  Friedman, JE.  American Diabetes Association.
2012-2013 Principle InvestigatorEstradiol-Mediated Changes in Patterns of Glycemia within Postmenopausal Women.  University of Colorado Denver, Center for Women’s Health Research Faculty Development Award.  
2011-2015 Co-Investigator.  Time past menopause, duration of estrogen deficiency, and insulin action, PI:  Van Pelt, RE. NIH  R01DK088105.
2010-2012 Co-Principal InvestigatorRole of Macronutrient Diet Composition on Maternal and Infant Metabolic Outcomes in Gestational Diabetes, PIs: Barbour, LA; Friedman, JE; Hernandez, TL. NIH R21 DK 088324. Direct Costs $150,000/yr

2009-2015 Co-Investigator.  Regulation of Maternal Fuel Supply and Neonatal Adiposity, PI:  Barbour, LA. NIH R01DK 078645.  Direct Costs $411, 328/yr
2007-2012 Co-Investigator. Mechanisms of Leg Fat Accumulation and Metabolic Protection in Women, PI:  Van Pelt, RE. NIH R01 DK073659