Career Development Fellow
Current work and interests
Marinka’s interests include exploring aetiological associations of nutrients and foods with long-term risk of cardiometabolic diseases, as well as using objective measures such as nutritional biomarker and genetics. Current projects include the potential role of dietary fatty acids and their food sources in cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and of plant- and animal-based nutrition in risk of diabetes and CVD. She left the Unit in 2020.
Background and experience
Marinka completed her MSc in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University (NL), during which she spend 5 months at the University of Oxford to investigate vitamin D intake and status in relation to plant-based diets. She obtained her MPhil in Epidemiology with Distinction at the University of Cambridge, where she also completed her PhD at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU). During her PhD, Marinka investigated genetic interactions with diet in relation to coronary heart disease risk. She joined the MRC Epidemiology Unit in August 2016. Marinka is a Junior Research Fellow of the Governing Body of Wolfson College.
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