Tell us about your role at HSRU

Currently I am part of the Knowledge Syntheses Team at the HSRU. This team conducts high quality research to inform health care professionals, policy makers and service users across a wide range of health care interventions. 

Tell us a bit about your background and what you do now

I am a Mexican/Brazilian woman (what a mix, right?). I completed a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Integral Wellbeing back in Mexico, and then moved to Spain to do my master's degree in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and PhD in Biomedicine & Nutrition. Later on, I moved to Scotland and joined HSRU where I have been for the last 3 years and a half. 

As a woman working in and for health and nutrition sciences, I tend to think broader on how science interacts with the real world and translates into better environments, so that people can make healthier choices. I have used both, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and have fieldwork experience in clinical nutrition, health promotion, nutritional interventions, and evidence synthesis. 

Personally, I enjoy anything related with food, and I have a particular interest in the scientific background of it (composition, production, acquisition, preparation, and consumption), and of course, its impact over health. The cultural, historical, and sociological side of food endlessly fascinates me. For me, it is captivating how food has the power to shape health, behaviours, identities, cultures, and communities. I am very interested in research topics that include food, nutrition, eating habits and their effect on health. Also, I am a huge supporter of #WomenInScience.

How do you usually start your day?

I start my day with a mug of coffee... After that I am ready to officially start the day! I love to enjoy all the colours, sounds and nature that Scotland has. So (if the weather allows it), I have a nice walk/jog in the morning before work. 

What is your favourite thing about your job?

HSRU is a great place to work at. I would say that my favourite thing is the PEOPLE that work in HSRU! 

How do you relax outside of work?

I usually relax outside work by doing papercutting and collage art. Another thing that I enjoy and helps clear my mind is cooking. I always like to try new recipes.

What was the last thing you liked or tweeted about on social media?

The last thing I tweeted about, was work related: The link to a rapid review we recently produced. 
The last thing I liked on Social Media was a Tweet of one of my favourite writers (Rosa Montero) announcing her new book!   Currently I’m reading Shoot Me, I ́m Already Dead from Julia Navarro.

Magaly's answers were provided in July 2020 and she has since moved to a new position within the University of Aberdeen's Rowett Institute.