Melinda L. Irwin
Melinda L. Irwin
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Associate Dean of Research, Associate Cancer Center Director, Population Sciences; Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center; Deputy Director for Public Health, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Yale School of Public Health
Elected to the Academy in 2021


College of William and Mary, 1992, BS, Kinesiology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994, MS, Exercise Physiology, University of South Carolina, 1999, PhD, Public Health (Exercise Science), University of Washington, 2001, MPH, Epidemiology.

Professional Area

Lifestyle behaviors and cancer prevention and control; obesity research; physical activity and nutrition research; cancer etiology and outcomes; cancer biomarkers; metabolic and inflammatory markers related to cancer risk and survival; randomized controlled trials; prospective cohort studies.


Internationally recognized for seminal contributions to the field of lifestyle behaviors and cancer prevention and control, and for testing associations between obesity, weight loss, physical activity and diet on cancer outcomes in cancer patients and survivors, that led to the development of national guidelines and policy statements.