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Assistant Professor
Avonne Connor

Departmental Affiliations

Cancer Epidemiology
School of Medicine

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E6144

Research Interests

breast cancer; health disparities; ethnicity/race; obesity; Hispanic Americans; African Americans; cancer survival; polymorphisms/genetic variants; tumor phenotype; chronic inflammation; quality of life
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Louisville
University of Louisville
I am a cancer epidemiologist, focused on breast cancer in women and cancer health disparities research, with a background in both basic and public health sciences and expertise in conducting population-based research. With a focus on modifiable lifestyle factors, biological factors, and more recently social inequities, I have conducted research that identifies women at risk of breast cancer and poor health outcomes after breast cancer utilizing different epidemiologic methods and well established population-based data sources. My research focuses on studying cancer outcomes among African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white women and underserved populations on both local and national levels. My research goals are to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of cancer disparities among US minority women and underserved populations and implement changes to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.
Honors & Awards
2012 Delta Omega Honor Society, Beta Pi Chapter
2014 Ho-Ching Yang Memorial Faculty Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2016 JH-BIRCWH Scholar, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research
2018 University of Louisville, Alumni Fellow of the Year for the School of Public Health & Information Sciences
2018 Minority & MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research
2020 National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute, Loan Repayment Program (LRP) recipient
2021 Minority & MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research
2022 National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute, LRP renewal recipient
Select Publications
Selected Publications
  • Connor AE, Schmaltz C, Jackson-Thompson J, Visvanathan K. (2021). Comorbidities and risk of cardiovascular disease mortality among a population-based cohort of diverse breast cancer patients. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33530.
  • Connor AE, Visvanathan K, Boone SD, Nader R, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RB. (2019) Fructosamine and diabetes as predictors of mortality among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white breast cancer survivors. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019; 5:3. doi: 10.1038/s41523-018-0099-x
  • Yuan Y, Taneja M, Connor AE. (2018) The effects of social and behavioral determinants of health on the relationship between race and health status in U.S. breast cancer survivors. J Womens Health (Larchmt).
  • Connor AE, Visvanathan K, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RN, Boone SD, Hines LM, Wolff RK, John EM, Slattery ML (2016) Ethnic differences in the relationships between diabetes, early age adiposity and mortality among breast cancer survivors: the Breast Cancer Health Disparities Study. Breast cancer research and treatment 157 (1): 167-178. doi:10.1007/s10549-016-3810-3
  • Cao Y, Baumgartner KB, Visvanathan K, Boone SD, Baumgartner RN, Connor AE. (2020) Ethnic and Biological Differences in the Association Between Physical Activity and Long-term Survival After Invasive Breast Cancer. NPJ Breast Cancer. doi: 10.1038/s41523-020-00194-5.