Margaret Karagas

Department Chair and James W. Squires Professor of Epidemiology
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Director of Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center
and the Center for Molecular Epidemiology at Dartmouth

University of Washington, PhD 1990

Email: Margaret.R.Karagas@Dartmouth.edu
Phone: (603) 653-9010

Research Interests: Professor Karagas' research encompasses interdisciplinary studies to illuminate the etiology of human cancers, along with adverse pregnancy and children's health outcomes. Her work seeks to identify emerging environmental exposures, host factors and mechanisms - that impact health from infancy to adult life, and to apply novel methods and technologies to understand disease pathogenesis. Among her current investigations are population-based studies of the temporal increases in the incidence rates keratinocyte cancers in the US and the contribution of widespread exposures such as indoor tanning, as well as drinking water contaminants. More recently she established a cohort of pregnant women and their offspring in New Hampshire to assess the sources and potential health impacts of arsenic and other factors i.e., on childhood infection, allergy/atopy, growth and neurodevelopment through the Children's Center. The cohort entails multiple collaborative studies of exposure biomarkers, individual susceptibility, and biological response to environmental agents including the developing microbiome and immune response.

Websites and Affiliations:
Center for Molecular Epidemiology
Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center
Cancer Epidemiology
The Dartmouth Institute
Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
Dartmouth SYNERGY

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