Adjunct Professor

Sara Mahdavi

Department of Nutritional Sciences


Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 1A8
Research Interests
cardiovascular, endocrine and nephrology nutritional genomics, longevity and diversity lifestyle medicine, Multi-omic assessments in clinical epidemiology , Regenerative and precision medicine, reproductive health nutrition


  • Post-Doctorate Fellow (Multi-omics and Nutritional Epidemiology of Longevity, Body Composition and Dermatology) Harvard University, T.H. Chan, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
  • Post-Doctorate Fellow (Genomics, Hypertension and Coffee) Padova University, Vascular Medicine Department, Padova, Italy
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nutritional Sciences and Genomics) University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Master of Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology) University of Toronto, Faculty of Exercise Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Graduate Dietetic Internship (Nephrology Subspecialty) Manitoba Internship Program, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science (Human Ecology and Nutrition) Western University, Department of Nutrition, London, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology and Marine Sciences) Western University, Faculty of Science, London, Canada

Dr. Sara Mahdavi received her doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in the field of gene-environment interactions and cardiometabolic disease with a joint postdoctoral fellowship in genetics of caffeine metabolism and hypertension from Padova University, Italy. She also completed a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and has undergraduate training in human nutrition from Western University, with a post-graduate clinical internship from Manitoba Dietetic Internship program. She has been a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in Canada for over a decade where she practices nutrition, exercise and lifestyle medicine in hospitals, wellness centers as well as private practices. She is an international scholar and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, an adjunct professor in the department of Nutritional Sciences and a clinician, scientist and research instructor at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals.


She has developed and lead several initiatives and programs to enhance clinical education for physicians and other healthcare providers internationally, incorporating medical nutrition therapy, change behavior psychology and multi-omic technologies. Her work on improving clinical utility of genetic testing, practical teaching skills and creation of specialty genetic test panels has brought her international recognition as a trailblazer in many medical fields, including reproductive health, aesthetics medicine and longevity wellness. She is frequently invited as a speaker at medical conferences, health systems, and government agencies as well as medical sciences expert in media interviews. She has also been an invited reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals and serves on the editorial board of medical journals as well as international science advisory boards of industry and educational institutions. She consults with health care institutions and private health clinics to integrate precision medicine in wellness programs and serves as a science advisor to academic, government and industry leaders in biotechnology, medical devices, and pharmaceutics.


Her passion and expertise lie in uncovering links between genetic and environmental factors that enable precision patient care, improved health outcomes and enhance patient motivations for lifestyle modifications.