Melinda Irwin Ph.D.

  • Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
  • Associate Director (Population Sciences), Yale Cancer Center
  • Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center
  • Deputy Director (Public Health), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Cancer prevention and control, lifestyle, diet, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, weight control, diet, nutrition, fitness


My research focuses on how lifestyle/behavioral factors influence cancer risk and survival. I am particularly interested in examining the biological mechanisms that mediate the relationship between obesity, physical activity and women’s cancers (breast, ovarian and uterine). I am the principal investigator of a number of research studies at Yale University and collaborate on various national projects and initiatives focused on lifestyle factors and cancer survivorship. I also serve on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight and cancer prevention and control.