Principal Investigator, Millennium Cohort Study, Department
Head, Deployment Health Research, Naval Health Research Center
Dr. Rudy Rull is a Research Epidemiologist and the Department Head for Deployment Health Research at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA. He is the Principal Investigator of the Millennium Cohort Study, the largest and longest-running longitudinal health study in military history with the objective of assessing the longterm impacts of military service on the psychological and physical health and health behaviors of service members and veterans. In addition to military health, Dr. Rull’s research has focused on the assessment of exposures to environmental and occupational hazards including pesticides, metals, and air pollutants using biological markers, environmental databases, and geographic information systems, as well as the effects of these exposures on the risks of adverse health outcomes, including cancers, respiratory diseases, and birth defects. He is the co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has served as the principal investigator of studies sponsored by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Prior to joining NHRC, he was an Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Dr. Rull holds a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the son a retired enlisted Sailor.