Sonia Vega-López is an associate professor in nutrition at the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Dr. Vega-López is a bilingual and bicultural researcher, native of Mexico. Her research focuses on studying lifestyle factors, particularly those related to diet and physical activity, and how to modify them for the prevention of chronic diseases among Hispanic individuals. During her doctoral studies and post-doctoral training, her research focused on conducting controlled interventions to assess the metabolic effects of specific dietary factors on cardiometabolic disease risk, lipoprotein metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress. More recently her work involves (1) studying how diet quality and physical activity affect chronic disease risk in minority and underserved populations; (2) designing and implementing culturally-tailored diet and physical activity interventions for chronic disease reduction among Hispanic families; and (3) assessing the effect of community-based interventions on biomarkers of disease risk.
She received her doctorate in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut (2002) and completed her postdoctoral training in the Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research at University of California-Davis Medical Center (2002-2003) and the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (2003-2006).