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Sara Chica-Latorre

(She/ Her)
Phd Candidate and Research Assistant, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise, University of Canberra

Sara Chica-Latorre is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise, researching menstrual cycle symptoms in sportswomen and how to improve these symptoms through diet.

Sara graduated from the Australian National University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours where she investigated water/leaf relations in various mangrove species. After completing her bachelor with honours she landed a job as a research and technical assistant in plant physiology at the Australian National University, where she worked for two years. In 2017 she transitioned into the fitness industry as a personal trainer, cycling instructor, and Certificate III and IV in Fitness teacher at the Canberra Institute of Technology (2019), following her interest in sports, exercise and education.

In 2019 Sara completed a Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science, which led her to pursue a Master in Nutrition and Dietetics, completing it in 2021. More recently in early 2022, Sara started a PhD where she is combining her three biggest passions: Research, exercise and nutrition, aspiring to make a difference in women in sports research.

Over the years Sara has worked with a diverse range of people, from research colleagues, gym goers, and students, to people with disabilities as part of her Dietetics work, which has equipped her with strong interpersonal and communication skills.


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    Phd Candidate, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise, University of Canberra