William S. Harris

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William S. Harris
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BA in chemistry
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • University of Minnesota
  • Hanover College
  • Professor
  • Researcher
Known forOmega-3 Fatty Acid research
WebsiteProfile on OmegaQuant.com

William S. Harris, PhD FAHA FASN is an United States professor and researcher focusing on human nutrition. His work has focused on the role of Omega-3 fatty acid as they relate to cardiovascular disease and Neuropsychiatry disease. He is among the top 2% most highly cited medical researchers.

Education and Academic Career

Harris completed a BA in chemistry from Hanover College and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was the Daniel J. Lauer/Missouri Chair in Lipid Metabolism until 2006. He co-directed the Lipid and Diabetes Research Center at the Mid America Heart Institute of St. Luke's Hospital. In 2006, he joined faculty at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, where he directed the Cardiovascular Health Research Center at the Sanford Research Center.

Industry Career

Harris founded OmegaQuant in 2009 to develop the RBC omega-3 index as a research assay. This assay was later acquired by the Health Diagnostic Laboratory.


His work focused on the role of lipid and Lipoprotein metabolism in human disease, and specifically the development of an erythrocyte. He has authored >300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed literature.

Honors & Awards

Harris is a American Heart Association and a American Society for Nutrition.


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