Division of Nutritional Sciences
Patricia A. Cassano, MPH, Ph.D., is Professor and Interim Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Minor Field of Epidemiology in the Cornell University Graduate School.
Dr. Cassano is an epidemiologist with interests in nutrition and genetics; she has specialized expertise in the etiology of respiratory diseases. Dr. Cassano has methodological expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of analytical epidemiological studies, in particular long-term prospective cohort studies incorporating biological markers of nutrition and metabolism and molecular markers of genetic variation.
Dr. Cassano is a member of a consortium of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to investigate the relation of genetic variation to pulmonary phenotypes. She is multi-PI of an NIH-funded study of gene x nutrient interactions in relation to pulmonary function phenotypes (with Dr Dana Hancock, RTI). These studies are discovering new genetic variants that interact with nutrition, including vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, to influence lung function.
Dr. Cassano led the EnHANCE Pilot Study of Cornell freshmen, which identified a biological marker (erythritol) of gain in adiposity in the transition from home to college. Further studies are being planned to understand whether the biological marker has predictive value that could be leveraged to prevent gain in fatness in adults.
Dr. Cassano led the Respiratory Ancillary Study to the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). This randomized trial found that supplementation with selenium attenuated the decline in lung function in cigarette smokers. Further studies are underway to define the genetic contribution to response to vitamin E supplementation, and to study whether benefit from the intervention was modified by genetic traits.
Dr. Cassano's research program is funded by NIH. Research is conducted is in the context of graduate student training and in collaboration with post-doctoral researchers. Dr. Cassano teaches the foundation course in Epidemiology for graduate students on both campuses, including the Graduate School of Cornell University and the Weill Cornell Medical College Translational Science program in Clinical Investigation.
- GWAS of plasma change in vitamin E in response to vitamin E supplementation:
- data from our large, randomized trial of nutrition interventions (supplemental vitamin E [400 mg daily] and/or selenium [200 ug daily]) in relation to pulmonary function decline (3000 men) and risk of COPD and/or asthma (~35,000 men);
- collaborators SELECT study, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Gene x nutrient studies of pulmonary function phenotypes within the CHARGE consortium, under the auspices of NIH R21 funded project (Mulit PIs PA Cassano and D Hancock (RTI):
- genome-wide x nutrient interaction studies of
- serum vitamin D
- plasma omega 3 fatty acids
- dietary omega 3 fatty acids
- dietary pattern and dietary fiber
- Systematic reviews of nutrient--disease associations including:
- vitamin D and asthma and psoriasis risk
- folate interventions for arsenic exposed populations
- food-based calcium and vitamin D for post-menopausal women in prevention of bone outcomes
- B-vitamins in the treatment of sickle cell disease
Lim U and PA Cassano (2002). Folate, homocysteine and blood pressure in NHANES III. American J Epidemiology, 156:1105-1113.
Rubin, R N, Navon L and PA Cassano (2004). Relationship of Serum Antioxidants to Asthma Prevalence in Youth. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 169: 393-398.
McKeever TM, SA Lewis, HA Smit, P Burney, JR Britton, PA Cassano (2004). Serum nutrient markers and skin prick testing using data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 114(6): 1398-402.
Zhang D, Wells, MT, Turnbull BW, Sparrow D and PA Cassano (2005). Hierarchical Graphical Models: An Application to Pulmonary Function and Cholesterol Levels in the Normative Aging Study. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2005, 100(471):719-27.
McKeever TM, SA Lewis, HA Smit, P Burney, JR Britton, PA Cassano (2005). The association of acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen with respiratory disease and lung function. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2005, 171(9): 966-71 .
Lim U, Peng K, Shane B, Stover PJ, Litonjua AA, Weiss ST, Gaziano JM, Strawderman RL F Raiszadeh, J Selhub, K Tucker and PA Cassano (2005). Polymorphisms in cytoplasmic serinehydroxymethyltransferase and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase affect the risk of cardiovascular disease in Men. Journal of Nutrition, 135:1989-94.
McKeever TM, SA Lewis, PA Cassano, M Ocké, P Burney, J Britton, HA Smit (2008). The relation between dietary individual fatty acids, FEV1 and respiratory disease in Dutch adults. Thorax 63(3):208-14. [Epub 2007 Sep 27].
Bentley A, Emrani P, and PA Cassano. Genetic Variation and Gene Expression in Antioxidant-Related Enzymes and Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review. (2008). Thorax;63(11):956-61. [Epub 2008 Jun 19].
Baccarelli A, PA Cassano, A Litonjua, SK Park, H Suh, D Sparrow, P Vokonas, J Schwartz. Cardiac Autonomic Dysfunction: Effects from Particulate Air Pollution and Protection by Dietary Methyl Nutrients and Metabolic Polymorphisms. (2008) Circulation, 117(14):1802-9. [Epub 2008 Mar 31.]
McKeever TM, SA Lewis, HA Smit, P Burney, PA Cassano, JR Britton (2008). A multivariate analysis of serum nutrient levels and lung function. Respir Res. Sep 29;9(1):67.
Cassano, PA. (2009). Nutritional Effects on Asthma Aetiology and Progression: Editorial. Thorax, 64(7):560.
Carolan BJ, Harvey B-G, Hackett NR, O'Connor TP, Cassano PA, and Crystal RG (2009). Disparate oxidant gene expression of airway epithelium compared to alveolar macrophages in smokers. Respiratory Research, 10:111-28.
Bentley A, Raiszadeh F, Hunter D, Stover P and PA Cassano (2010). Polymorphisms in cytoplasmic serine hydroxymethyltransferase (cSHMT) and the risk of breast cancer in the Nurses’ Health Study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64(1):108-10. [Aug 26 epub ahead of print].
TM McKeever, SA Lewis, PA Cassano, M Ocké, P Burney, J Britton HA Smit (2010). Patterns of dietary intake and the relation to respiratory disease, FEV1 and 5-year FEV1 decline. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92(2):408-15.1.
SM Wernimont, F Raiszadeh, PJ Stover, EB Rimm, DJ Hunter, W Tang, and PA Cassano (2011). Polymorphisms in Serine Hydroxymethyltransferase 1 and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Interact to Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Humans. Journal of Nutrition, 141(2):255-60. [Epub ahead of print 12 22 2010
AH Agler, T Kurth, JM Gaziano, JE Buring and PA Cassano (2011) Randomized Vitamin E Supplementation and Risk of Chronic Lung Disease (CLD) in the Women’s Health Study. Thorax, 66(4):320-5. [Epub ahead of print 1 21 2011]
AR Bentley, SB Kritchevsky, TB Harris, P Holvoet, RL Jensen, RO Crapo, AB Newman, JS Lee, EA Tolley, S Yende, and PA Cassano (2011). Dietary Antioxidants and Lung Function Decline: the Health Aging and Body Composition Study. European Respiratory Journal. 2011 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print]
MS Artigas, DW Loth, LV Wain, SA Gharib, M Obeidat, W Tang of 170 authors (2011). Genome-wide association and large scale follow-up identifies 16 new loci influencing lung function. Nature Genetics. 2011 Sep 25;43(11):1082-90. doi: 10.1038/ng.941.
SM Wernimont, AG Clark, PJ Stover, MT Wells, AA Litonjua, ST Weiss, JM Gaziano, KL Tucker, A Baccarelli, J Schwartz, V Bolati, and PA Cassano (2011). Folate Network Genetic Variation, Plasma Homocysteine, and Global Genomic Methylation Content. BMC Medical Genetics. 2011 Nov 21;12(1):150. [Epub ahead of print]
AR Bentley, S Kritchevsky, T Harris, A Newman, D Bauer, B Meibohm, A Clark and PA Cassano (2012). Genetic Variation in Antioxidant Enzymes and Lung Function in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. (Free Radical Biology and Medicine, in press)
AR Bentley, S Kritchevsky, T Harris, A Newman, D Bauer, B Meibohm, A Clark and PA Cassano (2012). Genetic Variation in Antioxidant Enzymes and Lung Function. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, May 1; 52(9): 1577-1583. [Epub ahead of print Feb 2012] PMID: 22005919, PMCID:PMC3390784
S M Wernimont, A G Clark, P J Stover, M T Wells, A A Litonjua, S T Weiss, J M Gaziano, K L Tucker and P A Cassano (2012). Folate network genetic variation and cardiovascular disease risk: a network association study. BMC Medical Genetics, 142: 1–8, 2012. PMID 22103690, PMCID: PMC3266217
Wilk JB, et al; 79 co-authors including PA Cassano (2012). Genome wide association studies identify CHRNA5/3 and HTR4 in the development of airflow obstruction. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Epub ahead of print on July 26, 2012 as doi:10.1164/rccm.201202-0366OC. PMID 22837378; PMCID:PMC3480517
Hancock DB*, Soler Artigas M*, Gharib SA*, Henry A*, Manichaikul A*, Ramasamy A*, Loth DW*, Imboden M, Koch B, McArdle WL, Smith AV, Smolonska J, Sood A, Tang W, Wilk JB, Zhai G, Zhao JH, Aschard H, Burkart KM, Curjuric I, Eijgelsheim M, Elliott P, Gu X, Harris TB, Janson C, Homuth G, Hysi PG, Liu JZ, Loehr LR, Lohman K, Loos RJF, Manning AK, Marciante KD, Obeidat M, Postma DS, Aldrich MC, Brusselle GG, Chen T-H, Eiriksdottir G, Franceschini N, Heinrich J, Rotter JI, Wijmenga C, Williams OD, Bentley AR, Hofman A, Laurie CC, Lumley T, Morrison AC, Joubert BR, Rivadeneira F, Couper DJ, Kritchevsky SB, Liu Y, Wjst M, Wain LV, Vonk JM, Uitterlinden AG, Rochat T, Rich SS, Psaty BM, O’Connor GT, North KE, Mirel DB, Meibohm B, Launer LJ, Khaw K-T, Hartikainen A-L, Hammond CJ, Gläser S, Marchini J, Kraft P, Wareham NJ, Völzke H, Stricker BHC, Spector TD, Probst-Hensch NM, Jarvis D, Jarvelin M-R, Heckbert SR, Gudnason V, Boezen HM, Barr RG, Cassano PA†, Strachan DP†, Fornage M†, Hall IP†, Dupuis J†, Tobin MD†, and London SJ† (2012). Genome-wide joint meta-analysis of SNP and SNP-by-smoking interaction identifies novel loci for pulmonary function. PLoS Genetics, 8(12): e1003098. *These authors contributed equally to this work. †These authors jointly directed the work. PA Cassano is one of 7 equally responsible for directing research. PMID: 23284291, PMCID: PMC3527213
AH Agler, RG Crystal, J Mezey and PA Cassano. Differential Expression of Vitamin E and Selenium-Responsive Genes by Disease Severity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2013). COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 10(4):450-8 (doi: 10.3109/15412555.2012.761958). PMCID pending.
W Tang, AR Bentley, SB Kritchevsky, TB Harris, AB Newman, DC Bauer, B Meibohm and PA Cassano for the Health ABC Study (2013). Genetic Variation in Antioxidant Enzymes, Cigarette Smoking and Longitudinal Change in Lung Function. Free Radical Biology and Medicine 63:304-12 (doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.05.016. Epub 2013 May 17).
BJ Reardon* and JF Hansen* (*both first authors contributed equally to this work), RG Crystal, DK Houston, SB Kritchevsky, TB Harris, K Lohman, Y Liu, GT O’Connor, JB Wilk, J Mezey, C Gao and PA Cassano. Vitamin D-Responsive Gene SGPP2 Associated with Pulmonary Function and Expression in Lung Tissue (2013). BMC Medical Genetics.2013, 14:122. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2350-14-122
J Flory, Small D, Cassano PA, Brillon D, Mushlin A, Hennessy S (2014). Comparative Effectiveness of Oral Diabetes drug combinations in Reducing Glycosylated Hemoglobin. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research 2014 Jan;3(1):29-39.
DW Loth*, MS Artigas*, SA Gharib*, LV Wain*, N Franceschini*,B Koch*, T Pottinger*, AV Smith*, C Oldmeadow, DP Strachan, AL James, JE Huffman, V Vitart, A Ramasamy, NJ Wareham, J Kaprio, M Kähönen, C Flexeder, E Albrecht, LM Lopez, K de Jong, B Thyagarajan, AC Alves, S Enroth, E Omenaas, PK Joshi, T Fall, A Vi?uela, LJ Launer, LR Loehr, M Fornage, G Li, J Wilk, W Tang, A Manichaikul, L Lahousse, TB Harris, KE North, AR Rudnicka, J Hui, X Gu, T Lumley, AF Wright, ND Hastie, S Campbell, R Kumar, I Pin, R Scott, KH Pietiläinen, I Surakka, Y Liu, EG Holliday, H Schulz, J Heinrich, G Davies, JM Vonk, M Wojczynski, A Pouta, Å Johansson, SH Wild, E Ingelsson, F Rivadeneira, H Völzke, PG Hysi, G Eiriksdottir, AC Morrison, JI Rotter, W Gao, DS Postma, WB White, SS Rich, A Hofman, T Aspelund, D Couper, LJ Smith, BM Psaty, K Lohman, EG Burchard, AG Uitterlinden, M Garcia, BR Joubert, WL McArdle, AW Musk, N Hansel, SR Heckbert, L Zgaga, JBJ van Meurs, P Navarro, I Rudan, S Redline, D Jarvis, JH Zhao, T Rantanen, GT O’Connor, S Ripatti, RJ Scott, S Karrasch, H Grallert, JM Starr, C Wijmenga, RL Minster, DJ Lederer, J Pekkanen, U Gyllensten, H Campbell, AP Morris, S Gläser, CJ Hammond, KM Burkart, J Beilby, SB Kritchevsky, V Gudnason, DB Hancock, OD Williams, O Polasek, T Zemunik, I Kolcic, MF Petrini, M Wjst, A Viljanen, M Heliövaara, JR Attia, R Hampel, C Gieger, IJ Deary, HM Boezen2, A Newman, M-R Jarvelin, JF Wilson, L Lind, BH Stricker, A Teumer, TD Spector, MJ Peters, RG Barr, KR Bracke, FM Verhamme, PS Hiemstra, PA Cassano, A Sood*, C Hayward*, J Dupuis*, I Hall*, GG Brusselle*, MD Tobin*, SJ London* (2014). Genetics of forced vital capacity: genome-wide association study meta-analysis and follow-up identifies six new loci. *These authors contributed equally to this work. PA Cassano is the senior author for the Health ABC cohort study, and she managed Health ABC data and results for this study and participated in reviewing/interpreting data analysis during bi-weekly phone calls, and in editing the manuscript. Nature Genetics 2014 Jul;46(7):669-77. doi: 10.1038/ng.3011. Epub 2014 Jun 15.
W Tang*, M Kowgier*, DW Loth*, M Soler Artigas*, BR Joubert*, E Hodge*, SA Gharib*, AV Smith, I Ruczinski, V Gudnason, RA Mathias, TB Harris, NN Hansel, LJ Launer, KC Barnes, JG Hansen, E Albrecht, MC Aldrich, M Allerhand, RG Barr, GG Brusselle, DJ Couper, I Curjuric, G Davies, IJ Deary, J Dupuis, T Fall, M Foy, N Franceschini, W Gao, S Gläser, X Gu, DB Hancock, J Heinrich, A Hofman, M Imboden, E Ingelsson, A James, S Karrasch, B Koch, SB Kritchevsky, A Kumar, L Lahousse, G Li, L Lind, C Lindgren, Y Liu, K Lohman, T Lumley, WL McArdle, B Meibohm, AP Morris, AC Morrison, B Musk, KE North, LJ Palmer, NM Probst-Hensch, BM Psaty, F Rivadeneira, JI Rotter, H Schulz, LJ Smith, A Sood, JM Starr, DP Strachan, A Teumer, AG Uitterlinden, H Völzke, A Voorman, LV Wain, MT Wells, JB Wilk, OD Williams, SR Heckbert, BH Stricker, SJ London, M Fornage**, MD Tobin**, GT O’Connor**, IP Hall**, PA Cassano** (2014). Large-Scale Genome-Wide Association Studies and Meta-Analyses of Longitudinal Change in Adult Lung Function. *These authors contributed equally to this work. **These authors jointly directed the work. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 1;9(7):e100776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100776. eCollection 2014.
K Danielsen, T Wilsgaard, AO Olsen, AE Eggen, K Olsen, PA Cassano and A-S Furberg (2014) Psoriasis and metabolic syndrome- a population-based study of age and gender differences. British J Dermatology, doi: 10.1111/bjd.13288.
PA Cassano, K A. Guertin, A R. Kristal, K B. Arnold, JJ Crowley, J Hartline, PJ Goodman, CM Tangen, LM Minasian, SM Lippman, and E Klein (2015). Effect Of Vitamin E And Selenium On Rate Of Decline In FEV1: The Respiratory Ancillary Study To The Selenium And Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). Respiratory Research, 16: 35.
JG Hansen, W Tang, KC Hootman, PM Brannon, DK Houston, SB Kritchevsky, T Harris, M Garcia, K Lohman, Y Liu, IH de Boer, BR Kestenbaum, C Robinson-Cohen, DS Siscovick for MESA, and PA Cassano (2015). Genetic and environmental predictors of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in older African Americans. Journal of Nutrition Apr;145(4):799-805. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.202093. PMID: 25716552
JG Hansen, W Gao, J Dupuis, GT O’Connor, W Tang, M Kowgier, A Sood, S Gharib, L Palmer, M Fornage, S Heckbert, B Psaty, SUNLIGHT, and PA Cassano (2015). 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Status and Genetic Variation in the Vitamin D Metabolic Pathway in Association with FEV1 in the Framingham Heart Study. Respiratory Research, Jul 1;16:81. doi: 10.1186/s12931-015-0238-y. PMID: 26122139
Gharib, S, DW Loth*, MS Artigas*, TP Birkland*, JB Wilk, LV Wain, J Brody, M Obeidat, DB Hancock, W Tang, R Rawal, HM Boezen, M Imboden, JE Huffman, L Lahousse, AC Alves, A Manichaikul, J Hui, AC Morrison, A Ramasamy, AV Smith, V Gudnason, I Surakka, V Vitart, DM Evans, DP Strachan, IJ Deary, A Hofman, S Gläser, JF Wilson, KE North, JH Zhao, SR Heckbert, DL Jarvis, N Probst-Hensch, H Schulz, RG Barr, M-R Jarvelin, GT O’Connor, M Kähönen, PA Cassano, PG Hysi, J Dupuis4, C Hayward, BM Psaty, IP Hall*, WC Parks*, MD Tobin*, SJ London*, CHARGE Consortium, SpiroMeta Consortium (2015). Integrative Pathway Genomics of Lung Function and Airflow Obstruction. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Dec 1;24(23):6836-48. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddv378. Epub 2015 Sep 22. PMID: 26395457
M Obeidat, K Hao, Y Bossé, DC Nickle, Y Nie, DS Postma, M Laviolette, AJ Sandford, DD Daley, JC Hogg, WM Elliott, N Fishbane, W Timens, PG Hysi, Jaakko Kaprio, JF Wilson, J Hui, R Rawal, H Schulz, B Stubbe, Caroline Hayward, O Polasek, M-R J?rvelin, JH Zhao, D Jarvis, M Kähönen, N Franceschini, KE North, DW Loth, GG Brusselle, AV Smith, V Gudnason, TM Bartz, JB Wilk, GT O’Connor, PA Cassano, W Tang, LV Wain, MS Artigas, SA Gharib, DP Strachan, DD Sin, MD Tobin, SJ London, IP Hall, PD Paré (2015). Systems Genetics Approach to Unravel the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Variations in Lung Function. Lancet Respir Med. 2015 Oct;3(10):782-95. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(15)00380-X. Epub 2015 Sep 21. PMID: 26404118
Beijers, R, AB Newman, S Yende, SB Kritchevsky, PA Cassano, DC Bauer, TB Harris, A Schols (2016). A multidimensional risk score to predict all-cause hospitalization in community-dwelling older subjects with obstructive lung disease. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2016 Jan (vol): 1-6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2016.01.007.
Felice, J. P., Cassano, P. A., & Rasmussen, K. M. (2016). Pumping human milk in the early postpartum period: its impact on long-term practices for feeding at the breast and exclusively feeding human milk in a longitudinal survey cohort. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103(5). In press.
KA Guertin, RK Grant, KB Arnold, JA Hartline, PJ Goodman, CM Tangen, LM Minasian, SM Lippman, E Klein, PA Cassano (2016). Effect of Vitamin E and Selenium on F2-Isoprostanes, a Biomarker of Oxidative Stress (2016). Free Radical Biology and Medicine Mar 22; 95:349-356.
Hootman KC, Guertin KA, Cassano PA. Longitudinal Changes in Anthropometry and Body Composition in University Freshmen. J Am Coll Health. 2017 Jan 13:0. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1280498. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28085641.
Aschard H, Tobin MD, Hancock DB, Skurnik D, Sood A, James A, Vernon Smith A, Manichaikul AW, Campbell A, Prins BP, Hayward C, Loth DW, Porteous DJ, Strachan DP, Zeggini E, O'Connor GT, Brusselle GG, Boezen HM, Schulz H, Deary IJ, Hall IP, Rudan I, Kaprio J, Wilson JF, Wilk JB, Huffman JE, Hua Zhao J, de Jong K, Lyytikäinen LP, Wain LV, Jarvelin MR, Kähönen M, Fornage M, Polasek O, Cassano PA, Barr RG, Rawal R, Harris SE, Gharib SA, Enroth S, Heckbert SR, Lehtimäki T, Gyllensten U, Society Scientific Group U, Jackson VE, Gudnason V, Tang W, Dupuis J, Soler Artigas M, Joshi AD, London SJ, Kraft P. Evidence for large-scale gene-by-smoking interaction effects on pulmonary function. Int J Epidemiol. 2017 Jan 12. pii: dyw318. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyw318. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28082375
KC Hootman*, JP Trezzi*, L Kraemer, LS Burwell, X Dong, KA Guertin, C Jaeger, PJ Stover, K Hiller** and PA Cassano** (2017). Metabolomic Marker Erythritol Associated with Central Adiposity Gain in Young Adults as a Pentose-Phosphate-Pathway By-Product. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2017; 114(21):E4233-E4240. *equal contributions as first authors; **equal contributions as senior authors
CA Noel, PA Cassano, R Dando. Sex differences in taste intensity perception with weight gain (2017), Journal of Nutrition; 147(10):1885-1891.
KC Hootman, KA Guertin and PA Cassano. Behavioral measures of eating in relation to body habitus in college freshmen (2018) Appetite. 2018 Jan 5. pii: S0195-6663(17)30042-9. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.01.003. [Epub ahead of print].
Cornell University Graduate Field Membership: Nutrition; Epidemiology
2016- Member, Weill Cornell Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science Center Education Advisory Board
2016- Member, Cochrane Nutrition Field Advisory Board
Dr. Cassano is a member of:
- Society for Epidemiologic Research, since 1981
- American Public Health Association, since 1988
- American Thoracic Society, since 2000
- American Society for Nutritional Sciences, since 2002
Dr. Cassano directs the WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making. This 2 week summer institute, which is held on the Cornell campus, attracts about 25-30 participants from around the world for training in evidence-based approaches to nutrition policy. 2018 is the 5th annual offering of the Institute.
Dr. Cassano also works with the Expanding Nutrient Frontiers initiative in the Division to develop web-based communication for outreach and public engagement
Dr. Cassano teaches a graduate course in Epidemiology, co-teaches a graduate course on Translational Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice in Nutrition, contributes lectures in several undergraduate courses, and directs the annual WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making. Dr. Cassano advises PhD students as well as undergraduates majoring in Human Biology Health and Society and Nutritional Sciences, including students in the College of Human Ecology and students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
NS 6520 Epidemiology Foundations (also offered concurrently at Weill Cornell Medical College through the Clinical and Translational Science Center)
NS6200 Translational Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice in Nutrition (team taught with Drs. Stover and Brannon)
- Ph.D. 1987 - University of Washington, Epidemiology
- M.P.H. 1980 - Columbia University, Epidemiology
- A.B. 1976 - Mt. Holyoke College, Biological Sciences
Interim Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies, Minor Field of Epidemiology