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Jo L. Freudenheim

Chair of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions


Cancer risk factors, diet and cancer, carcinogens

With training in both nutrition and cancer epidemiology, Freudenheim can speak to the media on the relationship between diet, the environment and cancer, particularly breast cancer. She worked as a hospital and community nutritionist before returning to school for her doctorate in nutritional sciences.

Her research focuses on the epidemiology of diet, alcohol and other exposures in relation to cancer risk, particularly breast cancer.

Freudenheim also studies connections between exposure to carcinogens early in life and cancer in adulthood. She has led interdisciplinary teams working to better understand the causes of breast cancer by examining genetic factors and other molecular markers of exposure.

Freudenheim serves as chair of the Molecular Epidemiology Group of the American Association for Cancer Research. She is also an adjunct professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an affiliated scientist at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions.


Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD
UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Environmental Health,
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions
Affiliated Scientist, University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions