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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Curt DellaValle, PhD, MPH

Program Director
Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-7225

  • PhD - Environmental Health
    Yale University
  • MPH – Environmental Health Sciences
    Yale University, School of Public Health
  • MEM - Water Science, Policy Management, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • BS - Biology and Environmental Science, University of Connecticut
Contact for questions about:
  • Exposure assessment and cancer risk
  • Environmental toxicants
  • Global health


Dr. Curt DellaValle is a program director in the Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). His responsibilities include overseeing a research portfolio of grants and initiatives related to exposure assessment and cancer risk associated with exposure to environmental toxicants.

Before joining EGRP, Dr. DellaValle was a health science administrator and program officer within NIH’s All of Us Research Program. In this position, he coordinated and administered the cooperative agreement for the Data and Research Center for the Research Program and monitored, reviewed, and evaluated scientific progress of awardees related to collection and curation of study participant data and development of the All of Us Research Portal.

Dr. DellaValle first joined NCI in 2010 as postdoctoral fellow in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), where he developed and conducted epidemiologic studies investigating environmental pollutants and risk of cancer development. He then went on to work as a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. where he led their Cancer Prevention Initiative, a public health program synthesizing and applying knowledge from environmental health, oncology, and integrative medicine. Dr. DellaValle returned to NCI in 2017 as a scientific program analyst for Global Solutions Network, Inc., where he coordinated multiple research projects in cancer epidemiology, genetics, and environmental exposures for DCEG’s Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch.

Select Publications

Lerro CC, Bean Freeman LE, DellaValle CT, Andreotti G, Hofmann JN, Koutros S, Parks CG, Shrestha S, Alavanja MCR, Blair A, Lubin JH, Sandler DP, Ward MH. Pesticide exposure and incident thyroid cancer among male pesticide applicators in Agricultural Health Study. Environ Int. 2021 Jan;146:106187.

Parks CG, Santos ASE, Lerro CC, DellaValle CT, Ward MH, Alavanja MC, Berndt SI, Beane Freeman LE, Sandler DP, Hofmann JN. Lifetime Pesticide Use and Antinuclear Antibodies in Male Farmers From the Agricultural Health Study. Front Immunol. 2019 Jul 11;10:1476.

Jones RR, DellaValle CT, Weyer PJ, Robien K, Cantor KP, Krasner S, Beane Freeman LE, Ward MH. Ingested nitrate, disinfection by-products, and risk of colon and rectal cancers in the Iowa Women's Health Study cohort. Environ Int. 2019 May;126:242-251.

Lerro CC, Beane Freeman LE, DellaValle CT, Kibriya MG, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Jasmine F, Koutros S, Parks CG, Sandler DP, Alavanja MCR, Hofmann JN, Ward MH. Occupational pesticide exposure and subclinical hypothyroidism among male pesticide applicators. Occup Environ Med. 2018 Feb;75(2):79-89.

Jones RR, Weyer PJ, DellaValle CT, Robien K, Cantor KP, Krasner S, Beane Freeman LE, Ward MH. Ingested Nitrate, Disinfection By-products, and Kidney Cancer Risk in Older Women. Epidemiology. 2017 Sep;28(5):703-711.

Jones RR, Weyer PJ, DellaValle CT, Inoue-Choi M, Anderson KE, Cantor KP, Krasner S, Robien K, Freeman LE, Silverman DT, Ward MH. Nitrate from Drinking Water and Diet and Bladder Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women in Iowa. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Nov;124(11):1751-1758.

DellaValle CT, Deziel NC, Jones RR, Colt JS, De Roos AJ, Cerhan JR, Cozen W, Severson RK, Flory AR, Morton LM, Ward MH. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: determinants of residential carpet dust levels and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Jan;27(1):1-13.

Wheeler DC, Nolan BT, Flory AR, DellaValle CT, Ward MH. Modeling groundwater nitrate concentrations in private wells in Iowa. Sci Total Environ. 2015 Dec 1;536:481-488.

Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, DellaValle CT, Purdue M, Kim C, Zhang Y, Sjodin A, Ward MH. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers and thyroid cancer risk in the Prostate, Colorectal, Lung, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 1;181(11):883-8.

DellaValle CT, Purdue MP, Ward MH, Locke SJ, Stewart PA, De Roos AJ, Hartge P, Rothman N, Friesen MC. Validity of expert assigned retrospective estimates of occupational polychlorinated biphenyl exposure. Ann Occup Hyg. 2015 Jun;59(5):609-15.

Jones RR, DellaValle CT, Flory AR, Nordan A, Hoppin JA, Hofmann JN, Chen H, Giglierano J, Lynch CF, Beane Freeman LE, Rushton G, Ward MH. Accuracy of residential geocoding in the Agricultural Health Study. Int J Health Geogr. 2014 Oct 7;13:37.

Weichenthal S, Villeneuve PJ, Burnett RT, van Donkelaar A, Martin RV, Jones RR, DellaValle CT, Sandler DP, Ward MH, Hoppin JA. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter: association with nonaccidental and cardiovascular mortality in the agricultural health study cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2014 Jun;122(6):609-15.

Dellavalle CT, Xiao Q, Yang G, Shu XO, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Zheng W, Lan Li H, Ji BT, Rothman N, Chow WH, Gao YT, Ward MH. Dietary nitrate and nitrite intake and risk of colorectal cancer in the Shanghai Women's Health Study. Int J Cancer. 2014 Jun 15;134(12):2917-26.

DellaValle CT, Wheeler DC, Deziel NC, De Roos AJ, Cerhan JR, Cozen W, Severson RK, Flory AR, Locke SJ, Colt JS, Hartge P, Ward MH. Environmental determinants of polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations in residential carpet dust. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Sep 17;47(18):10405-14.

Koutros S, Beane Freeman LE, Lubin JH, Heltshe SL, Andreotti G, Barry KH, DellaValle CT, Hoppin JA, Sandler DP, Lynch CF, Blair A, Alavanja MC. Risk of total and aggressive prostate cancer and pesticide use in the Agricultural Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Jan 1;177(1):59-74.