Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., Associate Professor  

Dr. Borsheim has a broad background in physiology, specifically energy and substrate metabolism.  She is well familiar with all aspects of performing human studies in healthy and clinical populations, and also has expertise in pre-clinical studies.  In the fall of 2013, she was recruited to the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) to establish a research unit on “Physical Activity, Energetics and Metabolism.” She was also invited to join the Reynold’s Institute on Aging to continue ongoing studies of lipid and protein metabolism in older adults.

Before joining UAMS, Dr. Borsheim was the Director of the Metabolism Unit at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch. At UAMS, she studies the effects of nutrition and physical activity on growth and development and also in prevention of various disorders in children and in the aging population. The use of stable isotope methodology enables us to determine metabolic fluxes. Further, we study mitochondria function in situ in tissue and blood cells using high-resolution respirometry. She has ongoing research funded by the NIH and USDA.  By studying both the early and late phases of life, she is in a unique position to study lifespan changes, including early life determinants of metabolic health in later years.