Sofía Rincón Gallardo Patiño, MSc, RD is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) and a graduate assistant at the Women & Gender in International Development Center (WGD) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She is a Public Health researcher with a focus on international food and nutrition policy. She earned her MSc degree in nutritional sciences from the Public Health School in Mexico (2015) and completed an internship at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity in New Haven, Connecticut (2014). Sofia earned a BS degree in nutrition and food science from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (2012) and completed her dietetic internship at Hospital General Dr. Manuel GEA Gonzales.
Sofia has been an author and co-author of several publications related to policies that prevents obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to create healthy food and active living environments. She worked as a nutrition and health researcher at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico from September 2015 to December 2016. Her work there involved coordinating domestic and international research projects, designing and training staff to conduct national surveys, creating databases, data collection and analysis. She has participated in several international congresses and workshops. Since 2014, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Iberoamericana University and the Public Health School in Mexico. From 2011 to 2014, she worked as a clinical dietitian, providing and developing weight plans and nutritional education workshops at elementary public schools.