Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Ana Elisa Pineda 

Elisa Pineda


Research interests:

  • The study of nutrition and food for the prevention of disease
  • Food security and sustainable food systems
  • Nutritional behavior
  • Obesity, satiety and wellbeing
  • Nutritional education
  • Nutrition and food policy
  • Geographic information systems and the food environment

Current research:

Geospatial analysis of the food environment and risk of obesity in developing countries.



  • PhD Student, Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
  • Lecturer, Nutritional Science, University of Sonora, 2011-2014


  • Master's degree in Nutritional Science, Food Research and Development Center (CIAD). Thesis: Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk in Sonoran women.
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical-Biology, major in Food Technology, University of Sonora. Thesis: In vitro evaluation of the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitory activity in commercial fermented milks.
  • Student exchange program in Rehabilitation Counseling, San Diego State University, Term paper: Diet for the x-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) patient.


  • 1st place for best research work in health with the Miró Abella Award from the Public Health Department of the State Government of Sonora.
  • National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) Scholarship for graduate studies 2009-2012
  • National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) Scholarship for graduate studies 2014-1017


  • Pineda-Valenzuela A.E., Caire-Juvera G., Saucedo-Tamayo M.S., Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk among Mexican women - under review.
  • Pineda-Valenzuela A.E., Guillot Sánchez E., Mejía León M.E., Orduño Flores M., Ramírez Murillo C. Nutritional evaluation of a yoga practicing adult group and a sedentary group. Era Natural, 2011. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
  • Espinoza L. Armida and Ana E. Pineda-Valenzuela. Nutritional guide for students at the University of Sonora, 2010.
  • Pineda, A.E. La Risa, la Mejor Medicina. Era Natural 2008;1(11):34-35.
  • Pineda, A.E. Beneficios de alimentos funcionales: La Linaza. Era Natural2010;1(20):34-35.
  • Pineda, A.E. El síndrome del intestino irritable. Era Natural 2010;3(39):12-13.