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Research Associate

Mengmeng Li, MBBS, MSPH ’17, focuses on maternal, perinatal and neonatal health, and adolescent health.

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Research Interests

Adolescent health; Maternal and Child Health; Reproductive Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynecology

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Nanjing Medical University

Mengmeng Li is interested in data-driven insights in epidemiology and applies them to inform health policy guidelines. Her research focuses on maternal health and health outcomes from perinatal to adolescent developmental stages. She has been a senior data analyst on the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) since the beginning of the longitudinal phase for multiple study sites across five continents. In addition to research involvement with the GEAS, Mengmeng has also worked under the mentorship of Dr. Xiaobin Wang from the Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease (CELOD) to understand the impact of environmental exposures on neurodevelopmental disorders among children. Her recent research project, on a broader (population level) and molecular scales, investigates the influence of maternal exposure to PM2.5, air pollutant particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less, during pregnancy on childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) risk. This project focuses on a racial-ethnically diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged population from an urban setting in Boston, United States, comprising the Boston Birth Cohort (BBC). 

Besides the research endeavors described above, Mengmeng Li collaborates with reproductive endocrinologists nationwide on multiple projects to unravel maternal profile or treatment parameters from assisted reproductive technology that inform In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) outcomes. Besides four ongoing projects, she has published three peer-reviewed articles as the first and corresponding author in the leading journals in the field.

She holds a medical degree from Nanjing Medical University in China and an MSPH in Maternal, Fetal, and Perinatal Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The provided link includes a complete list of publications summarizing Mengmeng’s research activities.

Honors & Awards

May 2020 Donald A. Cornely Scholarship, JHSPH 
March 2016 Apgar/Bramley/Clifford Scholarship, JHSPH
May 2008 Outstanding Medical School Graduates Award, NMU

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Most recent publications

  • Li M*, Kort J, Baker VL. Embryo Biopsy and Perinatal Outcomes for Singletons: An analysis of 16,246 frozen embryo transfer cycles reported in SART CORS. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Oct 28:S0002-9378(20)31273-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2020.10.043. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33129765. * corresponding author

  • Khunte, R.*, Li, M.*†, Behr, B. et al. Blastocyst formation rate for Asians versus Caucasians and within body mass index categories. J Assist Reprod Genet 37, 933–943 (2020). *co-first author †corresponding author

  • Erskine, H. E., Maravilla, J. C., Wado, Y. D., Wahdi, A. E., Loi, V. M., Fine, S. L., Li, M., Ramaiya, A., Wekesah, F. M., Odunga, S. A., Njeri, A., Setyawan, A., Astrini, Y. P., Rachmawati, R., Hoa, D. T. K., Wallis, K., McGrath, C., Shadid, J., Enright, M. E., Blondell, S. J., … Scott, J. G. (2024). Prevalence of adolescent mental disorders in Kenya, Indonesia, and Viet Nam measured by the National Adolescent Mental Health Surveys (NAMHS): a multi-national cross-sectional study. Lancet (London, England), 403(10437), 1671–1680.

  • Li, M., Yu, C., Zuo, X., Karp, C., Ramaiya, A., Blum, R., & Moreau, C. (2022). COVID-19 Experiences and Health-Related Implications: Results From a Mixed-Method Longitudinal Study of Urban Poor Adolescents in Shanghai. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 71(1), 30–38.

  • Li, M., Singh, B., & Baker, V. L. (2022). Association between embryo morphological quality and birth weight for singletons conceived via autologous fresh embryo transfer: an analysis using Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinical Outcomes Reporting System. Fertility and sterility, 118(4), 715–723.

Adolescent Health in the time of COVID