Esther González-Padilla

PhD Student

Esther González-Padilla holds a degree in Medicine from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) (2015) and a MSc in Public Health (MPH) from Lund University (2018). In 2018, Esther began her PhD studies in the Nutritional Epidemiology group. Her projects focus on added sugar intake and disease as well as genetic epidemiology.

Esther has collaborated with the Nutrition Group at the Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences (IUIBS) with the data collection for PREDIMED plus study (cardiovascular disease prevention with Mediterranean Diet), as well as to launch a project promoting food sustainability in Gran Canaria (La Isla en Tu Plato – The Island on Your Plate), whilst organising several public outreach activities. In 2010, Esther won a scholarship to take part on a surgery training programme at the University of Texas at San Antonio (USA). In 2009, Esther won the Young Researcher Award for her first original study, done in collaboration with the Bone Metabolism Unit at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with projects concerning vitamin D and calcium. Currently, Esther is the chairperson of the DPLU PhD Student network and a representative of the Medical PhD Student Union.

Esther’s PhD research is mainly focused on sugar intake and risk markers for disease. Her main interests lie within nutrition (particularly sugar intake), preventive medicine, public health and science communication.