Nicholas J. Ollberding, PhD

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-4432


Nutritional epidemiology; cancer epidemiology; dietary assessment and analysis methodology; molecular epidemiology

Dr. Ollberding earned his PhD in behavioral nutrition with a specialization in nutritional epidemiology from Columbia University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in cancer epidemiology and prevention at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the University of Chicago. To date, he has published more than 20 peer-reviewed research articles in prestigious journals including the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Blood, and Cancer Prevention Research. In addition, his research has been presented at national conferences and he has authored a book chapter in the area of nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Ollberding was the recipient of the Zerkowski Habas Foundation and Grace McLeod Scholarships while at Columbia University and received a National Cancer Institute funded postdoctoral fellowship. 

Dr. Ollberding’s research is motivated by the fact that while diet and obesity are major contributors to morbidity and mortality in the U.S., few Americans consume diets in accordance with recommendations for optimal health or disease prevention. Specifically, his work aims to better understand the role of diet in the etiology and progression of cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as the impact of environmental- and policy-level factors on dietary behaviors including obesity. At Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Ollberding conducts and provides support for nutritional and cancer epidemiology studies.

PhD: Columbia University, New York, 2009.

MPhil: Columbia University, New York, 2009.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

BS: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2004.

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Ollberding NJ, Kim Y, Wilkens LR, Shvetsov YB, Henderson BE, Le Marchand L, Kolonel LN, Goodman MT. Prediagnostic adiponectin, leptin, and C-reactive protein and breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women in the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2013 Mar;6(3):188-95.

Ollberding NJ, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Caces DB, Smith SM, Wright ME, Weisenburger DD, Chiu B C-H. Phytanic acid and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma . Carcinogenesis . 2013 Jan;34(1):170-5.

Ollberding NJ, Maskarinec G, Conroy SM, Morimoto Y, Franke AA, Cooney RV, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Goodman MT, Hernandez BY, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. Prediagnostic Carotenoid Levels and the Risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: The Multiethnic Cohort . Blood . 2012 Jun 14;119(24):5817-23.

Ollberding NJ, Wilkens LR, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L. Meat consumption, heterocyclic amines and colorectal cancer risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Study . Int J Cancer . 2012 Oct 1;131(7):E1125-33.

Ollberding NJ, Cheng I, Wilkens LR, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L. Genetic variants, prediagnostic circulating levels of insulin-like growth factors, insulin, and glucose and the risk of colorectal cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort Study . Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev . 2012 May;21(5):810-20.

Ollberding NJ, Lim U, Wilkens LR, Setiawan VW, Shvetsov YB, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Goodman MT. Legume, Soy, and Isoflavone Intake and Endometrial Cancer Risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Study . J Natl Cancer Inst . 2012 Jan 4;104(1):67-76.

Ollberding NJ, Nigg CR, Geller KS, Horwath CC, Motl RW, Dishman RK. Food outlet accessibility and fruit and vegetable consumption . Am J Health Promot . 2012 Jul;26(6):366-70.

Ollberding NJ, Maskarinec G, Wilkens LR, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. Comparison of modifiable health behaviors between persons with and without cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort . Public Health Nutr . 2011 Oct;14(10):1796-804.

Ollberding NJ, Nomura AY, Wilkens LR, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Colorectal Cancer Risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Study . Int J Cancer. 2011 Oct 15;129(8):1899-906.

Ollberding NJ, Wolf RL, Contento I. Food label use and its relation to dietary intake among US adults . J Am Diet Assoc . 2010 Aug;110(8):1233-7.