Andrew Rundle, DrPH

Dr. Andrew Rundle’s expertise is in the study of obesity and physical activity among children and adults with a primary focus on whether sedentary lifestyles and overweight/obesity are risk factors for cancer development. This work includes investigations of the determinants of physical activity and body weight, creating new methods to measure physical activity, molecular epidemiologic investigations of mechanisms through which physical activity may prevent cancer, and studies of associations between activity and cancer incidence. Dr. Rundle also is involved in a project investigating whether environmental exposures cause prostate cancer. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Mailman School, which include the Environmental Epidemiology and Molecular Epidemiology courses, he lectures at the School of Social Work and teaches epidemiology to journalism students at NYU. Dr. Rundle also is involved with IARC’s international training workshops on Molecular Epidemiology.

Dr. Rundle leads the Center’s obesity research project. Dr. Rundle studies obesity-related outcomes and the effects on childhood obesity risk of prenatal and early childhood exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), phthalates, and Bisphenol-A.


Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Member, Medical Advisory Board, EHE International, Inc.

Honors & Awards:

Environmental Sciences Award for Academic Excellence, Columbia School of Public Health, 1994

National Cancer Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia School of Public Health, 1996

New Investigator Workshop Award, American Society for Preventive Oncology Annual Meeting, 1998

Environmental Health Sciences Award for Academic Excellence, Mailman School of Public Health, 2000

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Health Disparities Scholar

Selected Publications:

Rundle A, Tang D, Hibshoosh H, Schnabel F, Kelly A, Levine R, Zhou J, Link B, Perera F "Molecular epidemiologic studies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-DNA adducts and breast cancer." Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 39 201-7 2002

Ahsan H, Rundle A "Measures of genotype vs. gene products: promise and pitfalls in cancer prevention" Carcinogenesis 24 1229-34 2003

Rundle A, Schwartz S "Issues in the epidemiologic analysis and interpretation of intermediate biomarkers" Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 12 491-496 2003

Rundle A "Molecular epidemiology of physical activity and cancer" Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 14 227-236 2005

Rundle AG, Vineis P, Ahsan H. "Design options for molecular epidemiology research within cohort studies." Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 14 1899-907 2005

Rundle A, Roux AV, Free LM, Miller D, Neckerman KM, Weiss CC. "The urban built environment and obesity in New York City: a multilevel analysis." American Journal of Health Promotion 21 326-34 2007

Rundle A, Field S, Park Y, Freeman L, Weiss CC, Neckerman K. "Personal and neighborhood socioeconomic status and indices of neighborhood walk-ability predict body mass index in New York City." Social Science and Medicine 67 1951-8 2008

Rundle, A., Neugut, AI. "Obesity and screening PSA levels among men undergoing an annual physical exam." The Prostate 68 373-80 2008

Rundle, A., Richards, C., Neugut, AI. "Body composition, abdominal fat distribution, and prostate-specific antigen test results." Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 18 331-6 2009

Rundle A, Neckerman KM, Freeman L, Lovasi GS, Purciel M, Quinn J, Richards C, Sircar N, Weiss C. "Neighborhood food environment and walkability predict obesity in New York City." Environmental Health Perspectives 117 442-7 2009

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