Ryan Demmer
Mailing Address:

300 West Bank Office Building
1300 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Ryan Demmer, PhD

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


Member, Healthy Weight Research Center


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2005
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2001
BS, University of Minnesota, 1999


I am an epidemiologist with a general research interest in elucidating causes and correlates of cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes, atherosclerotic vascular disease and congestive heart failure. I am particularly focused on understanding the emerging role of the human microbiome in the initiation and progression of cardiometabolic diseases and the potential role of inflammatory phenotype as a biological mediator connecting microbes to preclinical and clinical disease entities. I am involved in several collaborative projects on this general theme and am currently PI of an NIH funded cohort study: The Oral Infections Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance Study (ORIGINS). The scientific aims of ORIGINS are to study the interplay between the subgingival microbiome and early risk for the development of type 2 diabetes.

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow, The American Heart Association, 2016
  • Asst. Professor Teaching Award, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, 2015
  • Finalist, Columbia University, Mailman School Early Career Teaching Award, 2011
  • Calderone Research Award, 2010
  • Mailman School of Public Health, Dean’s Challenge Grant Recipient, 2009
  • J.B. Hawely Student Research Award Recipient, 2005
  • University of Minnesota, Alumni Association Award, 1998
  • University of Minnesota, President's Leadership and Service Award, 1998
  • University of Minnesota, Zander Award Finalist, 1998
  • Thompson Cup Leadership Award Recipient, 1997

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