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.
Do post-breast cancer diagnosis toenail trace element concentrations reflect pre-diagnostic concentrations?
Opportunities and Challenges for Dietary Arsenic Intervention.
Impact of receipt of private well arsenic test results on maternal use of contaminated drinking water in a U.S. population.
Sex-specific associations of infants' gut microbiome with arsenic exposure in a US population.
Intrauterine multi-metal exposure is associated with reduced fetal growth through modulation of the placental gene network.
Profiles and Predictors of Environmental Chemical Mixture Exposure among Pregnant Women: The Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment Study.
Potential effect modifiers of the arsenic-bladder cancer risk relationship.
Maternal diet during pregnancy is related with the infant stool microbiome in a delivery mode-dependent manner.
Urine and toenail cadmium levels in pregnant women: A reliability study.
The premature infant gut microbiome during the first 6 weeks of life differs based on gestational maturity at birth.