Rikki Cannioto

PhD, EdD, MS

Specializing In:

Ovarian cancer epidemiology Physical inactivity and obesity and cancer etiology and prognosis Biological mechanisms linking physical (in)activity, cancer risk, and cancer prognosis Role of leptin in cancer etiology and prognosis

Research Interests:

Cancer epidemiology; the role of physical activity, exercise, body composition and obesity in ovarian and breast cancer survival; identifying mediating immune factors linking physical (in)activity and body composition with cancer outcomes

About Rikki Cannioto


As a population scientist and cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Cannioto investigates the associations of modifiable lifestyle factors with cancer etiology and prognosis. Prior to pursuing a research career in cancer epidemiology, Dr. Cannioto had a 15-year career in exercise science. Her research focuses on understanding the roles of recreational physical activity, exercise, and body composition in cancer survival and in identifying immune-related factors mediating these associations.

Dr. Cannioto is currently leading a study designed to examine how changes in body composition throughout primary adjuvant chemotherapy associates with epithelial ovarian cancer survival; this project was funded by the Roswell Park Ovarian SPORE as part of a Career Enhancement Program grant. She is also co-leading a randomized control pilot study designed to investigate the effects of exercise on reducing adrenergic stress and immunosuppression in breast cancer survivors; this study was funded by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Dr. Cannioto has authored several papers demonstrating that patients who exercise regularly have significantly improved survival. Her long-term research goals will be to improve cancer patients’ lives through the wide-spread promotion of physical activity and exercise ancillary to current cancer therapies.

Email: Rikki.Cannioto@RoswellPark.org
Phone: 716-845-1102
Fax: 716-845-845-8487


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Cancer Prevention & Control


Education and Training:

  • 2016 - PhD - Epidemiology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
  • 2013 - MS - Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

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