Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, ScD, MSc

Associate Attending Epidemiologist

Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, ScD, MSc

Associate Attending Epidemiologist
Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, Assistant Attending Epidemiologist

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Harvard University

Current Research Interests

Dr. Du conducts population-based research to reduce the burden of endometrial, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers—particularly in underserved or understudied populations. She works with international teams to understand tumor biology and identify individuals who could most benefit from risk-reducing lifestyle modifications, interventions, or early detection tools. To this end, Dr. Du studies endometrial cancer genomics and risk, including factors that drive the 2-fold higher mortality in Black women, in the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2)—for which she leads the Data Coordinating Center and co-chairs the Executive Committee. She studies colorectal cancer genomics and risk profiles in multiple populations, including in Nigeria through the African Research Group in Oncology (ARGO). She examines pancreatic cancer risk factors and early detection and leads the MSK Pancreatic Tumor Registry, which contributes to large consortia. Dr. Du studies telomere dynamics in several data sources. Her work is supported by the National Cancer Institute, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation, and generous MSK donors.

Beyond research, Dr. Du actively fosters young scientists by mentoring trainees, co-directing the MSK Quantitative Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE), and teaching Foundations of Epidemiology (NS6520) at Weill Cornell Medicine. She serves on the MSK Research Council, is a member of the Scientific Committee for the New York City Epidemiology Forum, reviews grants for the National Institutes of Health and various foundations, and is Associate Editor for the international peer-reviewed journal Cancer Causes & Control.


Representative Publications

  1. Risk prediction models for endometrial cancer: development and validation in an international consortium. Joy Shi, Peter Kraft, Bernard Rosner, …, Herbert Yu, Mengmeng Du (joint senior author), Immaculata De Vivo (joint senior author). J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023;djad014. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djad014. Online ahead of print.
  2. Healthcare utilization, cancer screening and potential barriers to accessing cancer care in rural South West Nigeria: a cross-sectional study. Avinash Sharma, Olusegun Isaac Alatise, Kelli O’Connell, …, Olalekan Olasehinde, T Peter Kingham, Mengmeng Du. BMJ Open. 2021;11(7):e040352.
  3. Evaluation of early-life factors and early-onset colorectal cancer among men and women in the UK Biobank. Valerie Gausman (joint lead author), Peter S Liang (joint lead author), Kelli O’Connell, Elizabeth D Kantor, Mengmeng Du. Gastroenterology. 2022;162(3):981-983.e3.
  4. Association between polycystic ovary syndrome and pancreatic cancer risk. Noah C. Peeri (joint lead author), Marco V. Landicino (joint lead author), C. Amethyst Saldia, Robert C. Kurtz, Vineet S. Rolston, Mengmeng Du. JAMA Oncology. 2022. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2022.4540.
  5. Shorter telomeres associate with a reduced risk of melanoma development. Hongmei Nan (joint lead author), Mengmeng Du (joint lead author), Immaculata De Vivo, …, Abrar A Qureshi, David J Hunter, Jiali Han. Cancer Research. 2011;71(21):6758-63.

View a full listing of Mengmeng (Margaret) Du’s journal articles.


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