Jo L. Freudenheim


Jo L. Freudenheim.

Jo L. Freudenheim


Jo L. Freudenheim


Research Topics/Projects

Cancer epidemiology, using epidemiologic tools to understand carcinogenesis at the population, individual, tissue and molecular levels to better prevent and control the disease risk and progression. Much of my work includes a focus on nutrition and alcohol. . Recent projects include examination of factors associated with mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis, a study of the breast microbiome and a study of DNA methylation in lung tissues from smokers, non-smokers and electronic cigarette users.

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Jo Freudenheim, PhD, is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. She received a doctorate degree in nutritional sciences and a master's degree in preventive medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She subsequently came to UB for postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology and then was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Freudenheim is also adjunct professor of oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions. Her research focuses on breast cancer epidemiology and prognosis including an examination of breast tumor characteristics, of factors related to disparities in breast cancer among Puerto Rican women (the Atabey study), the role of exposures including nutrition and alcohol during the life course and breast cancer risk (the WEB study),  the role of the microbiome in cancer risk and research regarding alterations in lung tissue methylation with use of electronic cigarettes compared to smokers and never smokers.


  • PhD, nutritional sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986
  • MS, preventive medicine (epidemiology), University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1986
  • MS, nutritional sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
  • RD, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1977
  • BS, human nutrition, magna cum laude, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1975

Professional Training

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987-1988
  • Intern, clinical nutrition, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1976-1977

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (Women in Cancer Research, Population Sciences Working Group)
  • American College of Epidemiology (fellow)
  • American Epidemiological Society
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Senior editor, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention (CEBP)
  • Editorial Board, Current Epidemiology Reports

Honors and Awards

  • Abraham Lilienfeld Award, American Public Health Association Epidemiology Section, for excellence in teaching epidemiology during the course of a career, 2020
  • Distinguished postdoc mentor award, University at Buffalo, 2009
  • Lydia Jane Roberts Memorial Lecturer, Uinversity of Puerto Rico Faculty of Education, 2007
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2005
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 1997