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Dr Dr Jose Lara Gallegos

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Jose Lara Gallegos is a senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Northumbria University.

Jose Lara Cropped 250Born in the city of Xalapa, capital city of the state of Veracruz in the southeast of Mexico.

Dr Jose Lara Gallegos is currently a senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at Northumbria University.



My primary training is on Human Nutrition and Dietetics. In 1990 I obtained a BSc first degree from the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

In 2001 I obtained an MSc in Human Nutrition, with specialization in public health, from the University of Glasgow, UK, where later, in 2005, I also obtained a PhD, both supervised by Professor Michael Lean.

Previous appointments:

Before joining Northumbria, I was appointed as a Senior research associate at Newcastle University working at the Human Nutrition Research Centre with Professor John Mathers and Dr Mario Siervo from 2010 to 2015.

Between 2006 and 2009 I was appointed as a research fellow in Nottingham University working with Professor Ian Macdonald on the effects of whey protein on appetite and the effect of meal frequency on health.

In 2005 I was a research associate at the University of Glasgow.

Between 1990 and 1999 I received training in the obesity clinic and then worked as part of department of Dietetics and the Clinical Nutrition support team, and the Physiology of Nutrition department at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition "Salvador Zubiran" in Mexico City, Mexico.

Campus Address

Ellison Building, Room A324

+44 (0)191 2274262


PhD 2005, University of Glasgow, UK

MSc in Human Nutrition with specialization in public health 2000, University of Glasgow, UK

BSc in Human Nutrition and Food Sciences, Universidad Veracruzana de Xalapa, Mexico

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I have published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and a number of book chapters.

My research has been disseminated in numerous national and international scientific conferences. I have been invited speaker several occasions

My research encompasses the wide range of clinical and public health aspects of Human Nutrition.


Research Methods

  • Assessment of body composition
  • Measurement of energy expenditure
  • Dietary assessment methods
  • In vivo measurement of endothelial and metabolic function
  • Frequent Sampling Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Evidence synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analysis)


Current research interest include

  1. Nutritional epidemiology: dietary patterns in health and disease
  2. Public health nutrition: development of interventions to promote health and wellbeing
  3. Clinical Nutrition: Nutritional and dietary trials targeting cardiometabolic health
  4. Evidence synthesis: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  5. Biomarkers and outcome measures to characterise the healthy ageing phenotype and the impact of nutritional interventions 

Sponsors and Collaborators


Professor John Mathers (Newcastle University)

Dr. Mario SIervo (Newcastle University)

Dr Blossom Stephan (Newcastle University)

Professor Michael Lean (University of Glasgow)

Professor Ian Macdonald (University of Nottingham)

Dr Fotini Tsofliou (Bornemouth University)

Dr Simona Bertoli and Alberto Batezatti (Milan, Italy)

Professor Anna Tagliabue (Pavia, Italy)

Dr Carlos Celis-Morales (University of Glasgow)

Dr Katherine Livingstone (Melbourne, Australia)

Dr Anna Bach-Faig (Barcelona, Spain)  

Key Publications

  1. Lara J, Cooper R, Nissan J, Ginty A, Khaw KT, Lord J, Kuh D, Deary I, Mathers JC (2015) A proposed panel of biomarkers of healthy ageing. BMC Medicine 13:222. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0470-9.
  2. Livingstone KM*, Celis-Morales C*, Lara J, Ashor A, Lovegrove JA, Martinez JA, Saris WHM, Gibney M, Manios Y, Traczyk I, Drevon CA, Daniel H, Gibney ER, Brennan L, Bouwman J, Grimaldi K, Mathers JC on behalf of Food4Me (2015). Associations between FTO genotype and total energy and macronutrients intake: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Obesity Reviews 16 (8): 666-678 (*shared fisrt authorship position)
  3. Lara J, Evans E, Errington L, White M, Moynihan P, Adamson A, Mathers JC (2014) Association of behaviour change techniques with effectiveness of dietary interventions among adults of retirement age: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMC Medicine 12: 177. doi: 10.1186/s12916-014-0177-3.
  4. Lara J, Hobbs N, Moynihan PJ, Meyer TD, Adamson AJ, Errington L, Rochester L, Sniehotta FF, White M, Mathers JC (2014) Effectiveness of dietary interventions among adults of retirement age: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Medicine 12 (1): 60. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-60.
  5. Lara J, Ashor A, Oggioni C, Ahluwalia A, Mathers JC, Siervo M (2015). Effects of inorganic nitrate and beetroot supplementation on endothelial function: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Nutrition Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Siervo M, Lara J, Celis C, Vacca M, Oggioni C, Battezzati A, Leone A, Tagliabue A, Spadafranca A, Bertoli S (2015) Age-related changes in basal substrate oxidation and visceral adiposity and their association with metabolic syndrome. European Journal of Nutrition Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print]



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