Sarah J. Borengasser, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

Borengasser2x312631 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

Current Funding:

  • Borengasser, SJ (PI). “Epigenetic and Microbiome Responses to a Weight Loss Intervention.” AHA Innovative Project Award 18IPA34170317. Funded: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
  • Borengasser, SJ (PI). “Linking –Omics, Obesity and Weight-loss.” Olink Proteomics Pilot Award. Funded: 2019
  • Borengasser, SJ (Co-I). "Predicting Health Outcomes of Mediterranean Diet via Metabolomics of Foods and Biospecimens" NIH: 1R01DK113957-01A1. Funded: 07/01/2018 – 06/30/2023