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Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, ScD

Assistant Attending Epidemiologist

Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, Assistant Attending Epidemiologist

Office Phone

646-888-8123

Education

Harvard University

Dr. Du’s research aims to identify genetic and modifiable predictors of colorectal and endometrial cancers, with the goal of better understanding tumorigenesis and informing targeted preventive strategies. She is an active investigator in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium, where, together with researchers from North America, Australia, and Europe, she studies the interplay of genes and environment (e.g., anthropometrics, lifestyle, diet, and medication use) in colorectal cancer. She is an Executive Committee member for the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium, a collaborative effort including over 45 population-based studies, where she and colleagues are studying diabetes, obesity, and hypertension in the development of endometrial cancer. In addition to her consortia work, Dr. Du studies telomere dynamics and their role in cancer in the Nurses’ Health Study, a large nationwide cohort of women’s health. She is also collaborating with MSK colleagues in the Global Cancer Disparity Initiatives program to gain insights into the risk factor profile of cancers in Nigeria. Dr. Du currently serves on the Scientific Committee for the New York City Epidemiology Forum, and is an Associate Editor for the international refereed journal Cancer Causes & Control.

Publications

Representative Publications


  1. Jeon J, Du M, Schoen RE, Hoffmeister M, Newcomb PA, Berndt SI, Caan B, Campbell PT, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Giles GG, Gong J, Harrison TA, Huyghe JR, Jacobs EJ, Li L, Lin Y, Le Marchand L, Potter JD, Qu F, Bien SA, Zubair N, Macinnis RJ, Buchanan DD, Hopper JL, Cao Y, Nishihara R, Rennert G, Slattery ML, Thomas DC, Woods MO, Prentice RL, Gruber SB, Zheng Y, Brenner H, Hayes RB, White E, Peters U, Hsu L. Determining Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Starting Age of Screening Based on Lifestyle, Environmental, and Genetic Factors. Gastroenterology. 2018. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.02.021. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Du M, Zhang X, Hoffmeister M, Schoen RE, Baron JA, Berndt SI, Brenner H, Carlson CS, Casey G, Chan AT, Curtis KR, Duggan D, Gauderman WJ, Giovannuci EL, Gong J, Harrison TA, Hayes RB, Henderson BE, Hopper JL, Hsu L, Hudson TJ, Hutter CM, Jenkins MA, Jiao S, Kocarnik J, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Lin Y, Newcomb PA, Rudolph A, Seminara D, Thornquist M, Ulrich CM, White E, Wu K, Zanke BW, Campbell PT, Slattery ML, Peters U, Chang-Claude J, Potter JD. No evidence of gene-calcium interactions from genome-wide analysis of colorectal cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014;23(12):2971-6.

  3. Du M, Auer PL (joint lead author), Jiao S, Haessler J, Altshuler D, Boerwinkle E, Carlson CS, Carty CL, Chen YI, Curtis K, Franceschini N, Hsu L, Jackson R, Lange LA, Lettre G, Monda KL; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Go Exome Sequencing Project; Nickerson DA, Reiner AP, Rich SS, Rosse SA, Rotter JI, Willer CJ, Wilson JG, North K, Kooperberg C, Heard-Costa N, Peters U. Whole-exome imputation of sequence variants identified two novel alleles associated with adult body height in African Americans. Hum Mol Genet. 2014;23(24):6607-15.

  4. Du M, Kraft P, Eliassen AH, Giovannucci E, Hankinson SE, De Vivo I. Physical activity and risk of endometrial cancer in the Nurses’ Health Study. Int J Cancer. 2014;134(11):2707-16.

  5. Nan H, Du M (joint lead author), De Vivo I, Manson JE, Liu S, McTiernan A, Curb JD, Lessin LS, Bonner MR, Guo Q, Qureshi AA, Hunter DJ, Han J. Shorter telomeres associate with a reduced risk of melanoma development. Cancer Res. 2011;71(21):6758-63.

For a complete list of publications:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/14_JoNEHgDb/bibliography/40151860/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending