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Natasha Tasevska

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion


 (602) 827-2485


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Nutritional Epidemiology, U.S. NIH/National Cancer Institute
  • Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice, King's College London Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • PhD Nutritional Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism, The University of Aberdeen
  • MD Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

Research Interests

Dr. Tasevska’s research focuses on the development of dietary biomarkers as more objective measures of intake; application of biomarkers in population studies for the purpose of studying measurement error in self-reported intake; epidemiologic investigations of the effect of sugars consumption on risk of chronic disease using self-reports or biomarkers; and designing behavioral dietary interventions targeting sugars in underserved at-risk populations.

Research Publications

  • Campbell R, Tasevska N, Jackson KG, Sagi-Kiss V, di Paolo N, Mindell JS, Lister SJ, Khaw KT, Kuhnle GGC.  Association between urinary biomarkers of total sugars intake and measures of obesity in a cross-sectional study. PLoS One 2017 Jul 19;12(7): e0179508.
  • Tasevska N, DeLia D, Lorts C, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P.  Determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among low-income children:  are there differences by race/ethnicity, age, and gender? J Acad Nutr Diet 2017 May 8 [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.03.013.
  • Benitez T, Keller C, Coe K, Tasevska N. Investigation of the cultural context of sugars consumption behavior in low-income Mexican-American women.  J Health Dispar Res Pract 2017; 10(2): 89-106.
  • Benitez T, Tasevska N, Coe K, Keller C. Cultural Relevance of the Transtheoretical Model in Physical Activity Promotion: Mexican-American Women’s use of the Processes of Change.  J Health Dispar Res Pract 2017; 10(1): 20-27.
  • Beasley JM, Jung M, Tasevska N, Wong WW, Siega-Riz AM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Gellman MD, Kizer JR, Shaw PA, Stamler J, Stoutenberg M, Van Horn L, Franke AA, Wylie-Rosett J, Mossavar-Rahmani Y.  Biomarker-predicted sugars intake compared with self-reported measures in US Hispanics/Latinos: results from the HCHS/SOL SOLNAS study. Public Health Nutr 2016 24:1-9. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Tasevska N. Urinary sugars - A biomarker of total sugars intake. Nutrients 2015, 7(7): 5816-33. 
  • Kuhnle GGC, Tasevska N, Griffin  JL, Sims  M, Richardson  L, Aspinall  SM, Lentjes  MAH, Mulligan  AA, Luben  RN and Khaw  KT. Association between sucrose intake and risk of overweight and obesity in a prospective sub-cohort of EPIC-Norfolk. Public Health Nutr 2015; 18(15): 2815-24.
  • Tasevska N , Midthune D, Tinker LF, Potischman N, Lampe JW, Neuhouser ML, Beasley JM, Van Horn L, Prentice R and Kipnis V. Use of a urinary sugars biomarker to assess measurement error in self-reported sugars intake in the Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment Study (NPAAS). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2014; September 18. pii: cebp.0594.2014. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Tasevska N , Park Y, Jiao L, Hollenbeck A, Subar AF, Potischman N. Sugars and risk of mortality in the NIH AARP Diet and Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2014 May; 99 (5): 1077-88.
  • Subar AF, Midthune D, Tasevska N, Kipnis V, Freedman LS. Checking for completeness of 24-hour urine collection using para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) not necessary in the Observing Protein and Energy Nutrition (OPEN) StudyEur J Clin Nutr  2013 Aug;67(8):863-7.
  • O’Connell TC, Kneale CJ, Tasevska N, Kuhnle GGC. The diet-body offset in human nitrogen isotopic values: a controlled dietary study. Am J Phys Anthropol 2012 Nov;149(3):426-34.
  • Freedman LS, Midthune D, Carroll RJ, Tasevska N, Schatzkin A, Mares J, Tinker L, Potischman N, Kipnis V. Using regression calibration equations that combine self-reported intake and biomarker measures to obtain unbiased estimates and more powerful tests of dietary Study.  Am J Epidemiol 2011;174(11):1238-45.
  • Tasevska N , Jiao L, Cross AJ, Kipnis V, Subar AF, Hollenbeck A , Schatzkin A, Potischman N. Sugars in diet and risk of cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Int J Cancer 2012;130(1):159-69 .
  • Tasevska N , Midthune D, Potischman N, Subar AF, Cross AJ, Bingham SA, Schatzkin A, Kipnis V. Use of the predictive sugars biomarker to evaluate self-reported total sugars intake in the Observing Protein and Energy Nutrition (OPEN) Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2011; 20(3):490-500.
  • Tasevska N , Cross AJ, Dodd KW, Caporaso NE, Ziegler RG, Sinha R for the PLCO Investigators. No effect of meat, meat cooking preferences, meat mutagens or heme iron on lung cancer risk in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Int J Cancer 2011; 128(2):402-11.
  • Freedman LS, Tasevska N, Kipnis V, Schatzkin A, Mares J, Tinker L, Potischman N. Gains in statistical power from using a dietary biomarker in combination with self-reported intake to strengthen the analysis of a diet-disease relationship – an example from CAREDS. Am J Epidemiol 2010; 172(7):836-42.
  • Freedman LS, Kipnis V, Schatzkin A, Tasevska N, PotischmanN. Can we use biomarkers in combination with self-reports to strengthen the analysis of nutritional epidemiologic studies?  Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations 2010;7(1):2.
  • Tasevska N , Sinha R, Kipnis V, Midthune D, Subar AF, LeitzmannMF, Hollenbeck A, Caporaso NE, Schatzkin A, Cross AJ. A prospective study of meat, cooking methods, meat mutagens, heme iron and lung cancer. Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 89(6):1884-94.
  • Tasevska N, Runswick SA, WelchAA,Mc Taggart A, Bingham SA. Urinary sugars biomarker relates better to extrinsic than to intrinsic sugars intake in a metabolic study with volunteers consuming their normal diet ". Eur J Clin Nutr 2009;63(5):653-9.
  • Bingham S, Luben R, Welch A, Tasevska N, Wareham N, Khaw KT. Epidemiological assessment of sugars consumption using biomarkers: comparisons of obese and nonobese individuals in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer - Norfolk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2007; 16(8):1651-4.
  • Tasevska N, Runswick SA, McTaggart A, Bingham SA. Twenty-four hour urianry thiamine as a biomarker for the assessment of thiamine intake. Eur J Clin Nutr 2008; 62(9):1139-47.
  • Tasevska N, Runswick SA, Bingham SA. Urinary potassium is as reliable as urinary nitrogen for use as a recovery biomarker in dietary studies of free living individuals. J Nutr 2006 May;136(5):1334-40.
  • Tasevska N, Runswick SA, McTaggart A, Bingham SA. Urinary sucrose and fructose as biomarkers for sugars consumption. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2005 May;14(5):1287-94.
  • Murphy MM, Vilella E, Ceruelo S, Figuera L, Sanchez M, Camps J, Cuco G, Ferré N, Labad A, Tasevska N, Arija V, Joven J, Fernandez-Ballart J.  The MTHFR C677&, APOE, and PON55 gene polymorphisms show relevant interactions with cardiovascular risk factors. Clin Chem 2002;48(2):372-5.

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