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Dr Leta Pilic

Lecturer - Nutrition

About Research

Leta completed a degree in Nutritional Science at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, followed by a Master's degree in Public Health at the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Medical School, Croatia.

After obtaining her master's degree and working in pharmaceutical industry for two years, Leta moved to the UK and joined St Mary's as a PhD student in Nutritional Genetics, studying under the supervision of Dr Yiannis Mavrommatis.


Leta's PhD is focused on investigating the effects of genetics on blood pressure response to salt and salt consumption. As a part of the research group Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, Leta is also investigating the effects of genetic profiling on eating behaviour.

Alongside research, she contributes to teaching within Nutrition undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on modules such as: Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to Research, Principles of Human Nutrition, Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Nutritional Assessment, Food choice and Food Science.

Leta is currently working towards a PGCert in Higher Education.

  • Pilic, L., Pedlar, CR., Mavrommatis, Y. (2016) Salt-sensitive hypertension: mechanisms and effects of dietary and other lifestyle factors. Nutr. Rev, 74 (10), 645-658.
  • Pili?, L., Džakula, A. (2013). Socioeconomic Status and Risky Health Behaviors in Croatian Adult Population. Acta Med Croatica. 67 (1), 25-35.