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Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
921 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-5032
Fax: 803-777-4783



Susan  E.  Steck  PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor

915 Greene Street, Rm 236
Discovery I Building
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 576-5638
Fax: (803) 576-5624
Email: ssteck@sc.edu

Curriculum Vita

Biographical Information:
1999 Ph.D. in Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1997 M.P.H. in Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1992 B.S. in Mathematics/Honors Program, University of Notre Dame

  • Nutrition and cancer epidemiology
  • Gene-diet interactions and cancer risk and survival
  • Health disparities in cancer outcomes
  • Carotenoids and cancer
  • Biomarkers of dietary exposure
Inflammation-Related Genes, Dietary Inflammatory Index and Colorectal Cancer, Target PI: S. Steck, 06/01/2010 05/31/2011.
Courses Taught:
Masters Seminar (EPID 745)
Cancer Epidemiology (EPID 746)
Doctoral Seminar (Epid 845)

Selected Publications:

Refereed Papers:

Quintiliani, L.M., Campbell, M.K., Bowling, J.M., Steck, S., Haines, P.M., and DeVellis, B.M. Results of a Randomized Trial Testing Messages Tailored to Participant-Selected Topics Among Female College Students: Physical Activity Outcomes. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 7(4):517-26, 2010.

Mordukhovich, I., Santella, R.M., Terry, M.B., Rossner, P., Zhang, Y.J., Hibshoosh, H., Memeo, L., Mansukhani, M., Long, C.M., Garbowski, G., Agrawal, M., Gaudet, M.M., Steck, S.E, Sagiv, S.K., Eng, S.M., Teitelbaum, S.L., Neugut, A.I., Gammon, M.D. Associations between Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon-Related Exposures and p53 Mutations in Breast Tumors. Environmental Health Perspectives. 118(4): 511-8, 2010.

Cavicchia, P., Steck, S.E., Hurley, T.G., Hussey, J.R., Ma,Y., Ockene, I.S., Hebert, J.R. A New Dietary Inflammatory Index Predicts Interval Changes in High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein. Journal of Nutrition, 139(12): 2365-72, 2009.

Merchant, A.T., Vatanparast, H., Barlas, S., Dehghan M., Shah S.M., De Koning, L., Steck S.E. Carbohydrate Intake and Overweight and Obesity Among Healthy Adults. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 109(7):1165-72, 2009.

Steck, S.E., Hebert, J.R. GST Polymorphism and Excretion of Heterocyclic Aromatic Amine and Isothiocyanate Metabolites After Brassica Consumption. By invitation to Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis. 50(3):238-46, 2009.

Crew, K.D. Gammon, M.D., Steck, S.E., Hershman, D.L., Cremers, S., Dworakowski, E., Shane, E., Terry, M.B., Desai, M., Teitelbaum, S.L., Neugut, A.I., Santella, R.M. Association between Plasma 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Breast Cancer Risk. Cancer Prevention Research. 2(6):598-604, 2009.

Hebert, J.R., Daguise, V.G., Hurley, D.M., Wilkerson, R.C., Mosley, C.M., Adams, S.A., Puett, R., Burch, J.B., Steck, S.E., Bolick-Aldrich, S. Mapping Cancer Mortality-to-Incidence Ratios to Illustrate Racial and Sex Disparities in a High-Risk Population. Cancer. 115(11):2539-52, 2009.

McCarty, K.M., Santella, R.M., Steck, S.E., Cleveland, R.J., Ahn, J., Ambrosone, C.B., North, K., Sagiv, S.K., Eng, S.M., Teitelbaum, S.L., Neugut, A.I., Gammon, M.D. PAH-DNA Adducts, Cigarette Smoking, GST Polymorphisms, and Breast Cancer Risk. Environmental Health Perspectives. 117(4):552-8, 2009.

Hebert, J.R., Brandt, H.M., Armstead, C.A., Adams, S.A., Steck, S.E. Interdisciplinary, Translational, and Community-Based Participatory Research: Finding a Common Language to Improve Cancer Research. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 18(4):1213-7, 2009.

Forman, M.R., Borkowf, C.B., Cantwell, M.M., Steck, S.E., Schatzkin, A., Albert, P.S., and Lanza, E. Components of Variation in Serum Carotenoid Concentrations: The Polyp Prevention Trial. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 63(6):763-70, 2009.

Steck, S.E., Keku, T., Butler, L.M., Galanko, J., Massa, B., and Millikan, R.C., and Sandler, R.S. Polymorphisms in Methionine Synthase, Methionine Synthase Reductase and Serine Hydroxymethyltransferase, Folate and Alcohol Intake and Colon Cancer Risk. Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics.1(4):196-204, 2008.

Fink, B.N., Steck, S.E., Wolff, M.S., Britton, J.A. Kabat, G.C., Gaudet, M.M., Abrahamson, P.E., Bell, P., Schroeder, J.C., Teitelbaum, S.L., Neugut, A.I., and Gammon, M.D. Dietary Flavonoid Intake and Breast Cancer Survival Among Women on Long Island. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 16(11):2285-92, 2007.

Steck, S.E., Gaudet, M.M., Britton, J.A., Teitelbaum, S.L., Terry, M.B., Neugut, A.I., Santella, R.M., and Gammon, M.D. Interactions among GSTM1, GSTT1, and GSTP1 Polymorphisms, Cruciferous Vegetable Intake and Breast Cancer Risk. Carcinogenesis. 28(9):1954-1959, 2007.

Steck, S.E., Gaudet, M.M., Eng, S.M., Britton, J.A., Teitelbaum, S.L., Neugut, A.I., Santella, R.M., and Gammon, M.D. Cooked Meat and Risk of Breast Cancer: Lifetime versus Recent Dietary Intake. Epidemiology 18(3): 373-83, 2007.

Steck, S.E., Gammon, M.D., Hebert, J.R., Wall, D.E., and Zeisel, S.H. GSTM1, GSTT1, GSTP1 and GSTA1 Polymorphisms and Urinary Isothiocyanate Metabolites Following Broccoli Consumption in Humans. Journal of Nutrition 137(4): 904-9, 2007.

Fink, B.N., Steck, S.E., Wolff, M.S., Britton, J.A., Teitelbaum, S.L., Kabat, G.C., Schroeder, J.C., Neugut, A. I., Gammon, M.D. Dietary Flavonoid Intake and Breast Cancer Risk Among Women on Long Island. American Journal of Epidemiology 165(5): 514-23, 2007.

Steck, S.E., Chalecki, A.M., Miller, P., Conway, J., Austin, G., Hardin, J.W., Albright, C., and Thuillier, P. Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation for Twelve Weeks Increases Lean Body Mass in Obese Humans. Journal of Nutrition 137(5): 1188-1193, 2007.

Adams, S.A., Hebert, J.R., Bollick-Aldrich, S., Daguise, V.G., Mosley, C.M., Modayill, M.V., Berger, S.H., Teas, J., Mitas, M., Cunningham, J.E., Steck, S.E., Burch, J., Butler, W.M., Horner, M.D., Brandt, H.M. Breast cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association 102(7):231-39. 2006.

Steck-Scott, S., Lanza, E., Forman, M.R., Sowell, A., Borkowf, C.B., Albert, P.S., Slattery, M., Brewer, B., Caan, B., Paskett, E., Iber, F., Kikendall, W., Marshall, J., Shike, M., Weissfeld, J., Snyder, K., Schatzkin, A., and The Polyp Prevention Trial Study Group. Carotenoids, Vitamin A and Risk of Adenomatous Polyp Recurrence in the Polyp Prevention Trial. International Journal of Cancer 112:295-305, 2004.

Gaudet, M.M., Britton, J.A., Kabat, G.C., Steck-Scott, S., Eng, S.M., Teitelbaum, S.L., Terry, M.B., Neugut, A.I., and Gammon, M.D. Fruits, vegetables and micronutrients in relation to breast cancer modified by menopause and hormone receptor status. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention,13(9):1485-94, 2004.

Steck-Scott, S., Arab, L., Craft, N., and Samet, J. Plasma and Lung Macrophage Responsiveness to Carotenoid Supplementation and Ozone Exposure in Humans. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 58:1571-79, 2004.

Arab, L., Carriquiry, A., Steck-Scott, S., and Gaudet, M. Ethnic Differences in the Nutrient Intake Adequacy of Premenopausal American Women: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 103(8):1008-1014, 2003.

Arab, L. Steck-Scott, S., and Fleischauer, A. Lycopene and the Lung. Experimental Biology and Medicine 227:894-899, 2002.

Samet, J.M., Hatch, G.E., Horstman, D., Steck-Scott, S., Arab, L., Bromberg, P.A., Levine, M., McDonnell, W.F., and Devlin R.B. Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Ozone-Induced Lung Injury in Human Subjects. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 164(5):819-25, 2001.

Arab, L., Steck-Scott, S., and Bowen, P. The Participation of Lycopene and Beta-Carotene in Carcinogenesis: Defenders, Aggressors or Passive Bystanders? Epidemiologic Reviews 23(2): 211-230, 2001.

Kohlmeier, L. and Steck, S. Lycopene and Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 71: 1691S-1695S, 2000.

Kohlmeier, L., Weterings, K.G.C., Steck, S. and Kok, F.J. Tea and Cancer Prevention: An Evaluation of the Epidemiologic Literature. Nutrition and Cancer 27(1): 1-13, 1997.

Kohlmeier, L., Kark, J.D., Gomez-Gracia, E., Martin, B.C., Steck, S.E., Kardinaal, A.F.M., Ringstad, J., Thamm, M., Masaev, V., Riemersma, R., Martin-Moreno, J.M., Huttunen, J.K. and Kok, F.J. Lycopene and Myocardial Infarction Risk in the EURAMIC Study. American Journal of Epidemiology 146(8): 618-626, 1997.

Book Chapters:

Steck, S.E. Cruciferous Vegetables and Their Components in the Prevention of Breast Cancer. In: Ronald Ross Watson and Victor R. Preedy (ed). Bioactive Foods and Extracts: Cancer Treatment and Prevention. Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, 2011.

Arab, L. and Steck, S. Cancer and Diet. In: Gibney, M.J., Margetts, B.M., Kearney, J.M. and Arab, L. (ed). Public Health Nutrition. Blackwell Publishing, 2004.