Leah Cahill

Research Fellow

Department of Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Dietary and genetic origins of cardiometabolic disease
  • Eating habits including the timing and frequency of eating, cooking methods, and beverage consumption
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity
  • Biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease
  • Dietetics (in-patient, out-patient, and public health)
  • Patient-centered research
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Global burden of disease


  • PhD: University of Toronto, Nutritional Sciences, 2010
  • RD: Manitoba Partnership Program, Dietetic Internship, 2006
  • BSc: University of Manitoba, Human Nutritional Sciences, 2005

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Cahill LE and Rimm EB (2016). Diet-gene Interactions: Haptoglobin Genotype and Nutrient Status. In: Adrianne Bendich (Editor), Richard Deckelbaum (Editor), Preventive Nutrition 5th Edition: The Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals, pp115-129. Springer.
  • Cahill LE and El-Sohemy A (2012). Genetic Variation and Nutrient Metabolism. In: John W. Erdman Jr. (ed.), Ian A. MacDonald (ed.), Steven H. Zeisel (ed.), Present Knowledge in Nutrition, 10th Edition, pp. 70-88. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Cahill LE and El-Sohemy A (2011). Integration of Biotechnologies | Nutrigenomics: A Possible Road to Personalized Nutrition. In: Murray Moo-Young (ed.), Comprehensive Biotechnology, Second Edition, volume 4, pp. 703–712. Elsevier.

Academic Honors

  • 2015-16 Grand Rounds Presentation Award, Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • 2013 Circulation’s Best Paper in Population Science Award 2013
  • 2012 Scott Grundy Fellowship Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, American Heart Association
  • 2011 Outstanding Fellow Award, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Harvard University
  • 2010-14 CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award (ranked in top 1%)
  • 2010 Professor Lilian U Thompson Seminar Award
  • 2010 Michael C Archer Research Excellence Publication Award
  • 2009 ISNFF Fereidoon Shahidi Fellowship Award
  • 2008-10 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
  • 2008 AFMNet Marilyn Griffith Memorial Scholarship
  • 2008 Dietitians of Canada Memorial Graduate Award
  • 2008 Natural Health Products Research Society Oral Presentation Award
  • 2008 American Society of Nutrition Vitamins & Minerals Poster Award
  • 2007 Departmental Travel Award for Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
  • 2006-08 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s)
  • 2006-07 AFMNet Postgraduate Research Supplement
  • 2006-07 Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, University of Toronto

Leah Cahill is also working at Dalhousie University: http://medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/medicine/our-people/leah-cahill.html