Ryan Demmer, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Ryan Demmer

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-8597

Mailing Address:
300 West Bank Office Building
1300 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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 is 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 & 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


Research Funding Grants

  • 5/15–4/20, NIH-NIDDK, "The Subgingival Microbiome and Impaired Glucose Regulation," Principal Investigator
  • 9/14-6/18, NIH-NIGMS, "Multi-platform Educational Program in Innovative Methods for the Behavioral Sciences," Co-Investigator