Academic Faculty

Mary Harris, Ph.D., R.D.

Mary Harris, Ph.D., R.D.


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Research Interests:

  • Lipid metabolism
  • Prostaglandins in pregnancy and childhood
  • Nutrition and exercise


  • Ph.D. University of Rhode Island; Biological Sciences; 1982
  • M.S. Framingham StateUniversity; Nutrition; 1974
  • B.S. Michigan State University; Nutrition; 1970

Professional Experience:

  • 2004 - present Professor, Colorado State University
  • 2002 - present Renal Dietitian, Fresenius Medical Cre, Fort Collins/Loveland/Greeley, CO
  • 1998 -2003 Associate Professor, Colorado State University,Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 1998 - present Associate Professor Adjoint of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • 1994 -present Internship and Didactic Program Director, Colorado State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 1987 - present Internship Director, Colorado State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 1985 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 1985-1986 Instructor, Tufts Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology Scientific and Research Staff, New England Medical Center,Department of Ophthalmology, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1982-1984 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1981-1982 Instructor, University of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island

Honors and Awards:

  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Omicron Nu

Publications (since 2010):

  • Witkin SS, Skupski D, Herway C, Rudge MVC and Harris M. Fatty Acid Composition of Human Mid-Trimester Amniotic Fluid in Women of Different Ethnicities. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. Aug.11, 2011. Early Online, 1-4 doi: 10.3109/14767058.2011.592877
  • Hess T, Rexford J, Schauermann N, Harris M, Trinette R, Engle T and Mulligan C. Effects of two different dietary sources of long chain omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids on incorporation into the plasma, red blood cell, and muscle cell in horses) Journal of Animal Science 90:3023-31, 2012. doi: 10.2527/jas.2011-4412
  • Harris M. Is there a role for micronutrients in the prevention of cognitive declines associated with aging? Vitam Trace Elements 1:2, 2012.
  • Harris M. Transgenerational effects of prenatal exposure to the 1944-45 Dutch famine. Invited commentary. BJOG ;120:553-4, 2013
  • Hess T, Rexford J, Hansen DK, MS Schauermann, N Ahrens Harris M, Engle T , Ross. T and Allen, KGD. Effects of n-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Insulin Sensitivity in Horses. J Equine Vet Sci 2013; 33: 446-453.
  • Harris M. Nutrient Interaction: Are Lutein and Omega-3 Docosahexqaenoic Acid (DHA) Conditionally Essential and Complementary Nutrients for Visual Function? Vitam Trace Elem 2:e119, 2013. doi:10.4172/2167-0390.1000e119.
  • Benn K, Passos M, Jayaram A, Harris M, Bongiovanni AM, Skupski D and Witkin SS. Association Between Neurotrophin 4 and Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Levels in Mid-Trimester Amniotic Fluid. Reproductive Sciences 21:1395-1400, 2014.
  • Harris M. The Fish Paradox: Are Maternal Omega-3 (n-3) DHA and Selenium (Se) Intake Protective Against Negative Effects of Methylmercury Exposure on Infant Cognitive Development? Vitam Trace Elem 3:2, 2014 doi 10.4172/vms 1000e126 first published online March, 2014.

Book Chapters:

  • Contributor ASPEN Core Curriculum, 2012: Chapter on Nutrition Support in Kidney Disease