Andrew Rundle

Andrew Rundle

Andrew Rundle

Associate Professor


622 West 168th street, 7th floor, rm 730New York 10032
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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.



DrPH, 2000, Columbia University
MPH, 1994, Columbia University
BS, 1991, SUNY


Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Initiative
Member, Columbia Center for Children

Columbia Affiliations

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

Additional Affiliations

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

Areas of Expertise

Cancer, Cancer Breast, Cancer Lung, Cancer Prostate, Oncoproteins, Child Health and Development, Asthma, Environmental Risk Factors, Gene-Environment Interactions, Weight Control, Genetic Susceptibility, Genetics, Urban Health, Research Design and Methods

Select Urban Health Activities

Built Environment and Health: 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.

Select Global Activities

Physical Activity and Lung Cancer in GEN-AIR/EPIC, United Kingdom: 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.

Select 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

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 AG, Orjuela M, Mooney L, Tang D, Kim M, Calcagnotto A, Richie JP, Perera F. Preliminary studies on the effect of moderate physical activity on blood levels of glutathione. Biomarkers. 10 390-400 2005

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

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

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