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Susan Sturgeon

Associate Professor

We use epidemiologic research designs to identify risk factors for breast cancer. We conduct survey research, intervention studies and laboratory assessments on blood, urine and breast milk.

Current Research
Dr. Sturgeon’s research primarily focuses on the epidemiology of hormonally related cancers, including breast and endometrial cancer. Her research portfolio includes studies on the effects of pomegranate juice on hormonal markers of breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women; the role of melatonin in the etiology of breast cancer; and the discovery of epigenetic markers of breast cancer risk. She is also interested in the potential role of serum markers of immune function and melanoma risk.

Learn more at: www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/susan-r-sturgeon

Academic Background

  • BS University of Connecticut, 1978
  • MPH, Yale University, 1982
  • Dr.PH, Columbia University, 1992
Sturgeon SR, Volpe SL, Puleo E, Bertone-Johnson ER, Heersink J, Sabelawski S, Wahala K, Bigelow C, and Kurzer MS. Dietary intervention study of flaxseed: Effects on serum levels of IGF-1, IGF-BP3, and c-peptide. Nutrition and Cancer. 2011,63:376-8.
Giri A, Sturgeon SR, Luisi N, Bertone-Johnson E, Balsubramanian, and Reeves KW. caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee and endometrial cancer risk: A prospective cohort study among US postmenopausal women. Nutrients 2011:3, 937-950.
Sturgeon SR, Luisi N, Balasubramanian R, Reeves KW. Sleep duration and endometrial cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control 2012;23:547-53.
Crawford C, Reeves KW, Luisi N, Balasubramanian R, Sturgeon SR. Perineal powder use and risk of endometrial cancer. Cancer Causes Control 2012; In press.
Sturgeon SR, Balsubramanian R, Schairer C, Muss HB, Ziegler RG, Arcaro K. Detection of promoter methylation of tumor suppressor genes in serum DNA of breast cancer cases and benign breast disease controls. Epigenetics 2012; In press.
 
Contact Info

Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
407 Arnold House
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts
715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9304

(413) 577-1364
ssturgeon@schoolph.umass.edu

www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/susan-r-sturgeon