Dr. Du carries out a wide breadth of population-based research to reduce the burden of endometrial, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers—particularly in underserved or understudied populations. She works with international research 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 is principal investigator of the Data Coordinating Center. She studies colorectal cancer genomics and risk profiles in Nigeria through the African Research Group in Oncology (ARGO) as well as in European populations though large consortia and cohorts. She examines pancreatic cancer risk factors and early detection and is principal investigator of the MSK Pancreatic Tumor Registry, which contributes to various large consortia. Dr. Du studies telomere dynamics in various population-based 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 prioritizes educating young scientists: She co-directs the MSK Quantitative Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE) and teaches 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, co-chairs the E2C2 Executive Committee, and is Associate Editor for the international peer-reviewed journal Cancer Causes & Control.
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Mengmeng (Margaret) Du discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
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