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Melinda Liggett Irwin PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biographical Info

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH is an associate professor (with tenure) at the Yale School of Public Health and co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin's research focuses on how lifestyle/behavioral factors influence cancer risk and survival. She is particularly interested in examining the biological mechanisms that mediate the relationship between obesity, physical activity and women’s cancers (breast, ovarian and uterine). Dr. Irwin is the principal investigator of a number of research studies at Yale University and collaborates on various national projects and initiatives focused on lifestyle factors and cancer survivorship. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Komen for the Cure, American Institute for Cancer Research, Lance Armstrong Foundation and has published her research findings in top medical journals. Dr. Irwin also serves on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight and cancer prevention and control.


Education & Training

Ph.D.
University of South Carolina (1999)
M.P.H.
University of Washington (2001)
Board Certification
Anesthesiology, Board Eligible 

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