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Andrew G. Rundle

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Initiative

Dr. Andrew Rundle's research focuses on physical activity and body weight with a primary interest in 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.

Education & Training:

    DrPH, 2000, Columbia University

    MPH, 1994, Columbia University

    BS, 1991, SUNY


Mailman School Affiliations:

  • Member, Columbia Center for Children

University Affiliations:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars  
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy  
  • Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center  

Additional Affiliations:

Honors and 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
New York City
    Built Environment and Health Project URL: http://www.beh.columbia.edu/

    Dr. Rundle is leading a series of studies to determine whether characteristics of neighborhood's social and built environments (e.g. access to public transport, parks, crime, zoning, trees, community gardens, traffic volume) influence health. Much of the research focuses on obesity related outcomes in adults and children, however the team is also conducting research on childhood asthma and developmental outcomes. The project is also developing novel methods to measure characteristics of neighborhoods.

    Physical Activity and Lung Cancer in GEN-AIR/EPIC
    An investigation of whether increased physical activity prevents lung cancer in ex- and non-smokers. The project is designed as case-control study nested in the EPIC cohort, and is using biomarkers to test hypotheses regarding the mechanisms through which physical activity exerts effects.
    Countries: United Kingdom

Selected Publications:
  • Rundle A, Tang D, Hibshoosh H, Estabrook A, Schnabel F, Cao WF, Grumet S, Perera F The relationship between genetic damage from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in breast tissue and breast sancer. Carcinogenesis 21 1281-1289 2000
  • 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, Tang D, Mooney L, Grumet S, Perera F The interaction between alcohol consumption and GSTM1 genotype on PAH-DNA adduct levels in breast tissue Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 12 911-4 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., Neugut, AI. Obesity and screening PSA levels among men undergoing an annual physical exam. The Prostate 68 373-80 2008
  • Gatto N, Campbell U, Rundle A, Ahsan H Further development of the case-only design for assessing gene-environment interaction: evaluation of and adjustment for bias International Journal of Epidemiology in press 2004
  • 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

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