Researcher Profile

Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1914

Phone: (732) 235-9874
Email: elisa.bandera@rutgers.edu

Resident Member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Research Program Alignment

Membership Type: Full


Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer
  • Obesity and cancer risk and survival
  • Food estrogens (phytoestrogens, mycoestrogens) and female hormonal cancers and reproductive outcomes
  • Alcohol and cancer
  • Breast cancer in African American women and the role of nutritional factors on explaining disparities in risk and surviva
  • Early determinants of cancer risk, in particular factors affecting pubertal development and breast cancer
  • Development of evidence-based dietary guidelines for cancer prevention and survival

Selected Publications

(out of >90)

Bandera EV, King MG, Chandran U, Paddock L, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L, Olson SH. Phytoestrogen consumption from food and supplements and ovarian cancer risk. BMC Women’s Health 2011 Sep 23;11(1):40.

Bandera EV, Chandran U, Buckley B, Lin Y, Isukapalli S, Marshall I, King M, Zarbl H. Urinary mycoestrogens, body size, and breast development in New Jersey girls. Science of the Total Environment 2011 Nov 15;409(24):5221-7. Epub 2011 Oct 4.

Chandran U, Hirshfield KM, Bandera EV. The role of anthropometric and nutritional factors on breast cancer risk in African American women. Public Health Nutrition 2012 Apr;15(4):738-48.

GifkinsD, Olson SH, Paddock L, King M, Demissie K, Lu SE, Kong AN, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L, Bandera EV. Total and individual antioxidant intake and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. BMC Cancer 2012;12(1):211.

Yao S, Zirpoli G, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf L, Hong CC, Zhao H, Sucheston LE, Tang L, Roberts M, Ciupak G, Davis W, Hwang H, Johnson CS, Trump DL, McCann SE, Ademuyiwa F, Pawlish KS, Bandera EV, Ambrosone CB.. Variants in the vitamin D pathway, serum levels of vitamin D, and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer among African-American women: a case-control study. Breast Cancer Research 2012 Apr 5;14(2):R58.

Parekh N, Chandran U, Bandera EV. Obesity in Cancer Survival. Annual Reviews of Nutrition 2012; 32:311-42.

Kushi LH, Doyle C, McCullough M, Rock CL, Demark-Wahnefried W, Bandera EV, Gapstur S, Patel AV, Andrews K, Gansler T and the American Cancer Society 2010 Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention: Reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity., CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2012, 62 (1): 30-67.

Rock CL, Doyle C, Demark-Wahnefried W, Meyerhardt J, Courneya KS, Schwartz AL, Bandera EV, Hamilton KK, Grant B, McCullough M, Byers T, Gansler T. Nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2012; 62(4):242-74.

Kelemen LE, Bandera EV, Terry KL, Rossing MA, Brinton LA, Doherty JA, Ness RB, Kjær SK, Chang-Claude J, Köbel M, Lurie G, Thompson PJ, Carney ME, Moysich K, Edwards R, Bunker C, Jensen A, Høgdall E, Cramer DW, Vitonis AF, Olson SH, King M, Chandran U, Lissowska J, Garcia-Closas M, Yang H, Webb PM, Schildkraut JM, Goodman MT, Risch HA. Recent alcohol consumption and risk of incident ovarian carcinoma: a pooled analysis of 5,342 cases and 10,358 controls from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. BMC Cancer 2013; 13(1):28.

King MG, Olson SH, Paddock L, Chandran U, Demissie K, Lu S-E, ParekhN, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L, Bandera EV. Sugary food and beverage consumption and epithelial ovarian cancer risk: a population-based case-control study. BMC Cancer 2013 13:94.

Bandera EV, Chandran U, Zirpoli G, McCann SE, Ciupak G, Ambrosone CB. Rethinking sources of representative controls for the conduct of case-control studies in minority populations. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 May 31;13:71.

Chandran U, Zirpoli G, McCann S, Gong Z, Ciupak G, Pawlish K, Lin Y, DemissieK, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV. Racial disparities in red meat and poultry intake and breast cancer risk. Cancer Causes and Control 2013;24(12):2217-29.

Chandran U, Zirpoli G, McCann SE, Gong Z, Ciupak G, Pawlish K, Lin Y, Demissie K, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV. Does alcohol increase breast cancer risk in African-American women? Findings from a case-control study. British Journal of Cancer 2013; 109: 1945-53.

Gong Z, Quan L, Yao S, Zirpoli G, Bandera EV, Roberts M, Coignet JG, Cabasag C, Sucheston L, Hwang H, Ciupak G, Davis W, Pawlish K, Jandorf L, Bovbjerg DH, Ambrosone CB, Hong CC. Innate immunity pathways and breast cancer risk in African American and European American women in the Women’s Circle of Health Study. PLOS One 2013 Aug 21;8(8):e72619.

Bandera, EV, Chandran U, Zirpoli G, McCann S, Ciupak G, Gong Z, Pawlish K, Ambrosone C. Body fatness and breast cancer risk in women of African ancestry. BMC Cancer. 2013 Oct 14;13:475. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-13-475.

Bandera EV, Chandran EV, Zirpoli G, Ciupak G, Bovbjerg D, Jandorf L, Pawlish K, Freudenheim J, Ambrosone CB. Body size in early life and breast cancer risk in African American and European American women. Cancer Causes and Control 2013 Dec;24(12):2231-43.

Quan L, Gong Z, Yao S, Bandera EV, Zirpoli G, Hwang H, Roberts M, Ciupak G, Davis W, Sucheston L, Pawlish K, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf L, Cabasag C, Coignet JG, Ambrosone CB, Hong CC. Cytokine and cytokine receptor genes of the adaptive immune response are differentially associated with breast cancer risk in American women of African and European ancestry. International Journal of Cancer 2014 Mar 15;134(6):1408-21

Gong Z, Ambrosone CB, McCann SE, Zirpoli G, Chandran U, Hong CC, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf L, Ciupak G, Pawlish K, Lu Q, Hwang H, Khoury T, Wiam B, Bandera EV. Associations of dietary folate, vitamin B6, B12 and methionine intake with risk of breast cancer among African American and European American women. International Journal of Cancer 2014; 134: 1422-35.

Ambrosone CB, Zirpoli G, Ruszczyk M, Shankar J, Roberts M, Ciupak G, Hwang H, Khoury T, Jandorf L, Bovbjerg DH, Pawlish K, Bandera EV. Parity and breastfeeding among African-American women: Differential effects on breast cancer by estrogen and progesterone receptor status in the Women’s Circle of Health Study. Cancer Causes and Control 2014; 25: 259-65.

Chan DSM, Vieira AR, Aune D, Bandera EV, Greenwood DC, McTiernan A, Navarro Rosenblatt D, Thune I, Vieira R, Norat T. Body mass index and breast cancer survival- A meta-analysis including 21,3075 women diagnosed with breast cancer. Annals of Oncology 2014 (in press)

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