Dr. Menghua Tao

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Dr. Menghua Tao
Dr. Menghua Tao

Education & Experience:
I received my medical degree from Shanghai Medical University in China; my MS in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Fudan University in Shanghai, China; and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at University at Buffalo (UB), I worked as Research Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at UB. Prior to joining UNT Health Science Center in 2014, I was a faculty member at the Institute for Translational Epidemiology, Tisch Cancer Institute, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (the former Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MSSM).

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I taught Introductory Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology and Molecular Epidemiology for both medical students and graduate students at UB and MSSM. I mentored one MPH graduate student in Epidemiology as a faculty member at MSSM. Now at UNTHSC, I teach Principles of Epidemiology (in-class and online), Chronic Disease Epidemiology (in-class and online), and Cancer Epidemiology.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association. I currently serve on the editorial board of one scientific journal. I have also served as ad-hoc reviewer for many journals and for several federal and international funding agencies. I received an American Society of Preventive Oncology New Investigator Workshop Award (2006), the American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-In-Training Award (2008) and the Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel Award (2012).

Scholarly Interests:
My overall research objective is to investigate how environmental and lifestyle related factors –  such as air pollution, diet, nutrition, alcohol consumption and reproductive history – relate to risk and prognosis of cancer, with an emphasis on interaction with genetic/ epigenetic factors.  Since graduate school, I have been involved in several NIH-funded studies in different populations on both etiology and prognosis of cancers. I also have an interest in understanding how environmental and lifestyle factors occurring at different times throughout an individual’s life-span affect epigenetic changes in the initiation, development and progression of cancer in different population subgroups. My research has been generously supported by NIH grants and institutional funds. I have authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and one book chapter.

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