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Dr. Bandera earned an MD degree from the University of Malaga, Spain and a PhD in Epidemiology and Community Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Rutgers' Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Public Health, and a member of the graduate faculty at Rutgers University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences. 

Research interests include:


  • 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 survival.
  • 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

Dr. Bandera is very involved in translating epidemiologic findings to public health action.  At the national and international levels, she was a member of the American Cancer Society’s 2006 Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention and was also involved in the 2007 World Cancer Research Fund International/American Institute for Cancer Research’s Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer.  She also served as a member of the American Cancer Society’s Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention and Survival 2011 and is currently serving as a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International/American Institute for Cancer Research Continuous Update Expert Panel.  At the state level, Dr. Bandera led the Nutrition and Physical Activity Workgroup of the New Jersey Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment for over ten years and served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Group for Cancer Prevention and Control of the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. 

She has served on several grant review panels, including the National Cancer Institute Initial Review Group Subcommittee J for Population and Patient-Oriented Training, the National Cancer Institute Review Group Subcommittee G for Education, the National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research, the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, the American Institute for Cancer Research Grant Review Panel I, and the World Cancer Research Fund International RFA on Biomarkers Research Panel. 

 Dr. Bandera is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), and the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO). She also serves as an Associate Editor for BioMed Central-Cancer, and as a peer-reviewer for many scientific journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Breast Cancer Research, Cancer Causes and Control, Obesity, Public Health Nutrition, and Nutrition and Cancer, among many others.  She also serves as a member of the Editorial Review Committee of Public Education Materials on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Prevention and Survival for the American Institute for Cancer Research.