Margaret Rita Karagas, PhD
Chair and Professor of Epidemiology
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Director, Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center and Center for Molecular Epidemiology
Community and Family Medicine
University of Washington, PhD 1990
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
Department of Epidemiology
1 Medical Center Drive
7927 Rubin Building
Lebanon NH 03756
Office: 863 Rubin Bldg Lebanon, NH
Assistant: Crystal Flaherty
Asst. Phone: 603-653-9022
Asst. Email: Crystal.M.Flaherty@Dartmouth.edu
Professor Karagas' research encompasses several epidemiological studies focusing on the etiology and prevention of human cancers, as well as adverse pregnancy and children's health outcomes. These include investigations to determine incidence rates of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer for a geographically defined US population, and to assess the extent of any increase over the past 20 years. Another aspect of this research is a case-control study of these malignancies to identify risks associated with emerging exposures such as indoor tanning, ingestion of arsenic-containing drinking water and foods, immunosuppressive therapies and other factors. This research has been extended to bladder cancer. One of her current initiatives involves establishing a cohort of pregnant women in New Hampshire to assess the potential impact of arsenic and other exposures on risk of maternal and child health. Her ongoing work further includes studies of melanoma in women and collaborative investigations of exposure biomarkers, individual susceptibility, and biological response to environmental agents. Professor Karagas is one of the Principal Investigators of a NCI-funded cross-disciplinary postdoctoral training grant, serves as a mentor for early career investigators and participates in a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Skin microtopography as a measure of photoaging and risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in a US population.
Maternal arsenic exposure and gestational diabetes and glucose intolerance in the New Hampshire birth cohort study.
Maternal cadmium, placental PCDHAC1, and fetal development.
International pooled study on diet and bladder cancer: the bladder cancer, epidemiology and nutritional determinants (BLEND) study: design and baseline characteristics.
Potential Exposure to Arsenic from Infant Rice Cereal.
Elevated Bladder Cancer in Northern New England: The Role of Drinking Water and Arsenic.
Association of Rice and Rice-Product Consumption With Arsenic Exposure Early in Life.
Computer-based coding of free-text job descriptions to efficiently identify occupations in epidemiological studies.
Maternal and cord blood vitamin D status and childhood infection and allergic disease: a systematic review.
Mosaic loss of chromosome Y is associated with common variation near TCL1A.