Dr Patricia Casas Agustench

Dr Patricia Casas Agustench

Lecturer in Nutrition

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



I am lecturer in Nutrition and Metabolism in the BSc (Hons) Dietetics and the MSc Human Nutrition among other courses within the Faculty of Health. 


2022 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom)
2010 PhD Nutrition and Metabolism, Rovira i Virgili University (Spain)
2005 BSc in Food Science and Technology, University of Barcelona (Spain)
2003 BSc Hons in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Barcelona (Spain) 

Professional membership

  • Association for Nutrition - Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)
  • CODINUCAT - Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist


Teaching interests

Currently, I lead the following modules:

  • Pharmacology and Metabolism (DIET508), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Immunology and Metabolism (DIET509), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology & Public Health Nutrition (DIET412), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Nutrition sciences (HNUT708), MSc in Human Nutrition
I also support teaching and marking in the following modules:
  • Human Nutrition, Food studies and the Lifecycle (DIET409), BSc (Hons) Dietetics 
  • Project for research design (SOHP604), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Research design (DIET605), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Leadership Roles for Sustainability (DIET611), BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (BHCS1010), BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health 
  • Nutritional science 1 (BHCS2022), BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health
  • Nutritional science 2 (BHCS2025), BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Exercise and Health
  • Project design for research (ADV715), MSc in Human Nutrition
  • Research dissertation (ADV716), MSc in Human Nutrition
  • Applied Nutrition (HNUT702), MSc in Human Nutrition
I supervise final undergraduate (DIET609) and postgraduate (SOHP705 and ADV716) research projects


Research interests

My current research areas are:
Integrating dietitians into dental practices to enhance the management of childhood body weight and oral health

The link between the oral microbiome, diet and cardiovascular health
  • Studying nitrate/nitrite content in food and diet
  • Investigating the role of diet and physical exercise on the composition and activity of oral bacteria and cardiovascular health
  • Designing new oral care products to promote a healthy oral microbiome that can also help to protect cardiovascular health
 I also collaborate in other research projects:
  • Investigating the effect of sustainable foods on health

Other research

Current projects:
2023-2026: Blood pressure screening at the dentist: exploring nitrate-reducing bacteria as a link between periodontal disease and hypertension. Funded by The Fundacio La Marató de TV3 in Catalonia (Spain) 
2023-2026: Integrating the Dietitian into the Dental Practice to Address Childhood Body Weight and Oral Health. Funded by the School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth
Previous projects:
2022-2023: Seaweeds as a potential source of dietary nitrate and its prebiotic effect. Funded by the School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth
2019-2021: The effect of bee propolis mouthwash on the composition and abundance of oral bacteria compared to chlorhexidine mouthwash in healthy humans.


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted



Bescos Garcia R, Rollason ML, Davies TS & Casas-Agustench P (2023) 'Content of nitrate and nitrite in commercial and self-made beetroot juices and the effect of storage temperature' Food Science and Nutrition , DOI Open access
Conde Maldonado E, Marqués-Jiménez D, Casas-Agustench P & Bach-Faig A (2022) 'Effect of supplementation with leucine alone, with other nutrients or with physical exercise in older people with sarcopenia: a systematic review Efecto de la suplementación con leucina sola, junto con otro nutriente o con ejercicio físico en personas adultas mayores con sarcopenia: una revisión sistemática' Endocrinología, Diabetes y Nutrición 69, (8) 601-613 , DOI Open access
Ros-Baró M, Casas-Agustench P, Díaz-Rizzolo DA, Batlle-Bayer L, Adrià-Acosta F, Aguilar-Martínez A, Medina F-X, Pujolà M & Bach-Faig A (2022) 'Edible Insect Consumption for Human and Planetary Health: A Systematic Review' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, (18) , DOI Open access
Castellano-Escuder P, González-Domínguez R, Vaillant M-F, Casas-Agustench P, Hidalgo-Liberona N, Estanyol-Torres N, Wilson T, Beckmann M, Lloyd AJ & Oberli M (2022) 'Assessing Adherence to Healthy Dietary Habits Through the Urinary Food Metabolome: Results From a European Two-Center Study' Frontiers in Nutrition 9, Publisher Site , DOI
Brookes ZLS, Belfield LA, Ashworth A, Casas-Agustench P, Raja M, Pollard AJ & Bescos R (2021) 'Effects of chlorhexidine mouthwash on the oral microbiome' Journal of Dentistry 113, Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Palau-Rodriguez M, Marco-Ramell A, Casas-Agustench P, Tulipani S, Miñarro A, Sanchez-Pla A, Murri M, Tinahones FJ & Andres-Lacueva C (2021) 'Visceral Adipose Tissue Phospholipid Signature of Insulin Sensitivity and Obesity' Journal of Proteome Research 20, (5) 2410-2419 Publisher Site , DOI
Bescos R, Brookes ZLS, Belfield LA, Fernandez-Sanjurjo M & Casas-Agustench P (2020) 'Modulation of oral microbiota: A new frontier in exercise supplementation' PharmaNutrition 14, 100230-100230 , DOI Open access
Fernández-Sanjurjo M, Úbeda N, Fernández-García B, del Valle M, Ramírez de Molina A, Crespo MC, Martín-Hernández R, Casas-Agustench P, Martínez-Camblor P & de Gonzalo-Calvo D (2020) 'Exercise dose affects the circulating microRNA profile in response to acute endurance exercise in male amateur runners' Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 30, (10) 1896-1907 Publisher Site , DOI
Bescos R, Ashworth A, Cutler C, Brookes ZL, Belfield L, Rodiles A, Casas-Agustench P, Farnham G, Liddle L & Burleigh M (2020) 'Effects of Chlorhexidine mouthwash on the oral microbiome' Scientific Reports 10, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Babio Sánchez N, Casas-Agustench P & Megías-Rangil I (2020) 'Economic benefit of dietetic-nutritional treatment in the multidisciplinary primary care team' Nutrición Hospitalaria Publisher Site , DOI
Cutler C, Kiernan M, Willis JR, Gallardo-Alfaro L, Casas-Agustench P, White D, Hickson M, Gabaldon T & Bescos R (2019) 'Post-exercise hypotension and skeletal muscle oxygenation is regulated by nitrate-reducing activity of oral bacteria' Free Radical Biology and Medicine 143, 252-259 , DOI Open access
Garcia-Aloy M, Rabassa M, Casas-Agustench P, Hidalgo-Liberona N, Llorach R & Andres-Lacueva C (2017) 'Novel strategies for improving dietary exposure assessment: Multiple-data fusion is a more accurate measure than the traditional single-biomarker approach' Trends in Food Science & Technology 69, 220-229 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Cherubini A & Andrés-Lacueva C (2017) 'Lipids and physical function in older adults' Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care 20, (1) 16-25 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Iglesias-Gutiérrez E & Dávalos A (2015) 'Mother’s nutritional miRNA legacy: Nutrition during pregnancy and its possible implications to develop cardiometabolic disease in later life' Pharmacological Research 100, 322-334 Publisher Site , DOI
Nuñez-Sánchez MA, Dávalos A, González-Sarrías A, Casas-Agustench P, Visioli F, Monedero-Saiz T, García-Talavera NV, Gómez-Sánchez MB, Sánchez-Álvarez C & García-Albert AM (2015) 'MicroRNAs expression in normal and malignant colon tissues as biomarkers of colorectal cancer and in response to pomegranate extracts consumption: Critical issues to discern between modulatory effects and potential artefacts' Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 59, (10) 1973-1986 Publisher Site , DOI
de Gonzalo-Calvo D, Dávalos A, Montero A, García-González Á, Tyshkovska I, González-Medina A, Soares SMA, Martínez-Camblor P, Casas-Agustench P & Rabadán M (2015) 'Circulating inflammatory miRNA signature in response to different doses of aerobic exercise' Journal of Applied Physiology 119, (2) 124-134 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Fernandes FS, Tavares do Carmo MG, Visioli F, Herrera E & Dávalos A (2015) 'Consumption of Distinct Dietary Lipids during Early Pregnancy Differentially Modulates the Expression of microRNAs in Mothers and Offspring' PLOS ONE 10, (2) e0117858-e0117858 Publisher Site , DOI
Zheng J-S, Lai C-Q, Parnell LD, Lee Y-C, Shen J, Smith CE, Casas-Agustench P, Richardson K, Li D & Noel SE (2014) 'Genome-wide interaction of genotype by erythrocyte n-3 fatty acids contributes to phenotypic variance of diabetes-related traits' BMC Genomics 15, (1) Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Sloan S, Jacques P, Willinger C, Yin X, Courchesne P, Ramachandran V, Robin S, Larson M & Chen B (2014) 'Connections between dark fish intake, lipidomics and plasma triglycerides in the framingham heart study' Atherosclerosis 235, (2) e186-e186 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Arnett DK, Smith CE, Lai C-Q, Parnell LD, Borecki IB, Frazier-Wood AC, Allison M, Chen Y-DI & Taylor KD (2014) 'Saturated Fat Intake Modulates the Association between an Obesity Genetic Risk Score and Body Mass Index in Two US Populations' Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 114, (12) 1954-1966 Publisher Site , DOI
Loria-Kohen V, Espinosa-Salinas I, Ramirez de Molina A, Casas-Agustench P, Herranz J, Molina S, Fonollá J, Olivares M, Lara-Villoslada F & Reglero G (2014) 'A genetic variant of PPARA modulates cardiovascular risk biomarkers after milk consumption' Nutrition 30, (10) 1144-1150 Publisher Site , DOI
Parnell LD, Casas-Agustench P, Iyer LK & Ordovas JM (2014) 'How Gene Networks Can Uncover Novel CVD Players' Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports 8, (2) Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P (2014) 'Dietary "micro-regulation" of cardiometabolic diseases' Revista Espanola de Nutricion Humana y Dietetica 18, 5-6
Basulto Marset J, Casas-Agustench P, Babio Sanchez N & Salas-Salvado J (2012) 'Knowledge, interest, predisposition and evaluation of functional foods in Spanish dietitians-nutritionists and experts in human nutrition and dietetics' NUTRICION HOSPITALARIA 27, (2) 632-644 , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Salas-Huetos A & Salas-Salvadó J (2011) 'Mediterranean nuts: origins, ancient medicinal benefits and symbolism' Public Health Nutrition 14, (12A) 2296-2301 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Serra M, Pérez-Heras A, Cofán M, Pintó X, Trautwein EA & Ros E (2011) 'Effects of plant sterol esters in skimmed milk and vegetable-fat-enriched milk on serum lipids and non-cholesterol sterols in hypercholesterolaemic subjects: a randomised, placebo-controlled, crossover study' British Journal of Nutrition 107, (12) 1766-1775 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, López-Uriarte P, Ros E, Bulló M & Salas-Salvadó J (2011) 'Nuts, hypertension and endothelial function' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 21, S21-S33 Publisher Site , DOI
Salas-Salvadó J, Casas-Agustench P & Salas-Huetos A (2010) 'Cultural and historical aspects of Mediterranean nuts with emphasis on their attributed healthy and nutritional properties' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 21, S1-S6 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Bulló M, Ros E, Basora J & Salas-Salvadó J (2010) 'Cross-sectional association of nut intake with adiposity in a Mediterranean population' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 21, (7) 518-525 Publisher Site , DOI
López-Uriarte P, Nogués R, Saez G, Bulló M, Romeu M, Masana L, Tormos C, Casas-Agustench P & Salas-Salvadó J (2010) 'Effect of nut consumption on oxidative stress and the endothelial function in metabolic syndrome' Clinical Nutrition 29, (3) 373-380 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Agustench P, Bullo M & Salas-Salvado J (2010) 'Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance' ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 19, (1) 124-130
Casas-Agustench P, López-Uriarte P, Bulló M, Ros E, Cabré-Vila JJ & Salas-Salvadó J (2009) 'Effects of one serving of mixed nuts on serum lipids, insulin resistance and inflammatory markers in patients with the metabolic syndrome' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 21, (2) 126-135 Publisher Site , DOI
López-Uriarte P, Bulló M, Casas-Agustench P, Babio N & Salas-Salvadó J (2009) 'Nuts and oxidation: a systematic review' Nutrition Reviews 67, (9) 497-508 Publisher Site , DOI
Casas-Augustench P & Salas-Salvado J (2009) 'Viscosity and flow-rate of three high-energy, high-fibre enteral nutrition formulas' NUTRICION HOSPITALARIA 24, (4) 492-497
Casas-Agustench P, López-Uriarte P, Bulló M, Ros E, Gómez-Flores A & Salas-Salvadó J (2008) 'Acute effects of three high-fat meals with different fat saturations on energy expenditure, substrate oxidation and satiety' Clinical Nutrition 28, (1) 39-45 Publisher Site , DOI
Salas-Salvado J, Casas-Agustench P, Murphy MM, Lopez-Uriarte P & Bullo M (2008) 'The effect of nuts on inflammation' ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 17, 333-336
Salas-Salvadó J, Farrés X, Luque X, Narejos S, Borrell M, Basora J, Anguera A, Torres F, Bulló M & Balanza R (2007) 'Effect of two doses of a mixture of soluble fibres on body weight and metabolic variables in overweight or obese patients: a randomised trial' British Journal of Nutrition 99, (6) 1380-1387 Publisher Site , DOI
Salas-Salvadó J, Granada M, Bulló M, Corominas A, Casas P & Foz M (2007) 'Plasma adiponectin distribution in a Mediterranean population and its association with cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome' Metabolism 56, (11) 1486-1492 Publisher Site , DOI
Bulló M, Casas-Agustench P, Amigó-Correig P, Aranceta J & Salas-Salvadó J (2007) 'Inflammation, obesity and comorbidities: the role of diet' Public Health Nutrition 10, (10A) 1164-1172 Publisher Site , DOI
Salas-Salvadó J, Garcia-Arellano A, Estruch R, Marquez-Sandoval F, Corella D, Fiol M, Gómez-Gracia E, Viñoles E, Arós F & Herrera C (2007) 'Components of the mediterranean-type food pattern and serum inflammatory markers among patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease' European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 62, (5) 651-659 Publisher Site , DOI

Herrera E, Casas-Agustench P, Dávalos A. Maternal Fish Oil Intake and Insulin Resistance in the Offspring. Diet, Nutrition, and Fetal Programming. Humana Press (Springer International Publishing AG), 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-60287-5 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60289-9.

Casas-Agustench P & Andres-Lacueva C (2020) 'A Broader View on Omics and Systems Biology' Principles of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Elsevier 89-97 Publisher Site , DOI
Other Publications
Bescos R, Casas-Agustench P, Belfield L, Brookes Z & Gabaldón T (2020) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine. SAGE Publications Publisher Site , DOI Open access