Kristin Anderson, PhD, MPH

Professor Emerita, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Kristin Anderson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-8568

Office Address:
Mayo Building, A301

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional Locations

West Bank Office Building, 300
1300 S. 2nd St., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota

BS, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


I am an expert in the causes of adult cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer. My epidemiological studies include investigations of the effects of carcinogens from meat, tobacco, HPV, and other exposures. I have also designed studies of tobacco-specific biomarkers for environmental tobacco smoke.


Cancer, aging, chronic diseases, environment & exposures, food & nutrition, molecular-epidemiology, biomarkers, heterocyclic amines, aspirin, prevention, etiology

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota 
  • Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Excellence in Advising Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • American Public Health Association


Research Methods/Techniques

I use cohort, case-control, cross sectional and intervention studies to investigate the etiology of cancer and other chronic diseases.


See a full list of my publications on PubMed

Key Publications

  • Malfatti MA, Kuhn EA, Turteltaub KW, Vickers SM, Jensen EH, Strayer L, Anderson KE. "Disposition of the Dietary Mutagen 2-Amino-3,8-dimethylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoxaline in Healthy and Pancreatic Cancer Compromised Humans," Chemical Research in Toxicology. March 2016
  • Vaughan LE, Prizment A, Blair CK, Thomas W, Anderson KE, "Aspirin Use and the Incidence of Breast, Colon, Ovarian, and Pancreatic Cancers in Elderly Women in the Iowa Women's Health Study," Cancer Causes & Control, 2016
  • Hu ZH, Connett JE, Yuan JM, Anderson KE, "Role of Survivor Bias in Pancreatic Cancer Case-Control Studies," Annals of Epidemiology, 2016



  • PubH 5320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 
  • PubH 5320/6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (online) 
  • PubH 5330 Epidemiology I 
  • PubH 5387/6387 Cancer Epidemiology 
  • PubH 8332 Readings in Epidemiology (Cancer) 
  • PubH 8390 Teaching Seminar 

Community Engagement

I have served as Associate Editor for Molecular Carcinogenesis and as a grant reviewer for the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Society. 


In The News

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