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: Kara Caputo
Asst. Phone: 603-653-9022
Asst. Email: Kara.L.Caputo@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.
Placental Expression of Imprinted Genes, Overall and in Sex-Specific Patterns, Associated with Placental Cadmium Concentrations and Birth Size.
Inorganic arsenic exposure and neuropsychological development of children of 4-5 years of age living in Spain.
Meta-analysis of epigenome-wide association studies in neonates reveals widespread differential DNA methylation associated with birthweight.
Specific class of intrapartum antibiotics relates to maturation of the infant gut microbiota: a prospective cohort study.
Conditional Regression Based on a Multivariate Zero-Inflated Logistic-Normal Model for Microbiome Relative Abundance Data.
Placental metal concentrations in relation to placental growth, efficiency and birth weight.
Prenatal arsenic exposure alters the placental expression of multiple epigenetic regulators in a sex-dependent manner.
Does birth mode modify associations of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain with the infant gut microbiome?
Prenatal exposure to mercury in relation to infant infections and respiratory symptoms in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study.
Rice Consumption and Incidence of Bladder Cancer in the United States Population.