Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Lauren  McCullough

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

Dr. Lauren E. McCullough is Rollins Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Her overarching research interests are in the life-course epidemiology of cancer (breast cancer and lymphoma), specifically the contributions of obesity and physical inactivity to the tumor epigenome and microenvironment, as well as disparities in cancer outcomes. Dr. McCullough's research program integrates molecular epidemiology, epigenetics and other biomarkers for disease risk and progression; environmental and reproductive epidemiology; disparities research; as well as causal inference methods. The abiding goal of her research is to improve cancer outcomes among low-income and minority populations by identifying molecular targets for behavioral and therapeutic intervention. 




Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road, CNR 3037

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-4595

Fax: 404-727-8737


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Areas of Interest

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Epigenetics
  • Exercise Science/ Physical Activity
  • Health Disparities
  • Obesity Prevention


  • PhD 2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MSPH 2007, Meharry Medical College
  • BA 2005, Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 561: Obesity Epidemiology


  • , , Modification of the association between recreational physical activity and survival after breast cancer by promoter methylation in breast cancer-related genes., Breast Cancer Res, Feb 21;19, 19
  • , , DNA methylation modifies the association between obesity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis., Breast Cancer Res Treat. , Feb;156, 183-94
  • , , The Promise of Leisure-Time Physical Activity to Reduce Risk of Cancer Development., JAMA Intern Med, Jun 1;176, 826-7
  • , , Associations between prenatal physical activity, birth weight, and DNA methylation at genomically imprinted domains in a multiethnic newborn cohort., Epigenetics, 10, 597-606
  • , , Fat or fit: the joint effects of physical activity, weight gain, and body size on breast cancer risk., Cancer, 118, 4860-8