Susan R. Sturgeon

408 Arnold House


B.S. University of Connecticut, 1978; M.P.H., Yale University, 1982; Dr.P.H. Columbia University, 1992

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Cancer Epidemiology

Research Description: 

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.

Key Publications: 

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.