Ying Meng joined the University of Rochester School of Nursing in July, 2018 after working as a TL1 postdoctoral research fellow at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester. She received her MSN and PhD from the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester.

Meng’s primary research focus is identification of genetic contributions to obesity and ultimately development of personalized lifestyle interventions. In her work, she has explored genetic and environmental factors that contribute to weight gain. She also has conducted large-scale candidate nutrigenetic analysis, large-scale candidate gene analysis on the brain food reward circuitry, and genome-wide gene x gene interaction analysis. Meng received the Obesity Society Bio-Behavioral Research Poster Competition Award at ObesityWeek 2017.

Meng Y, Groth S, Hodgkinson C, Mariani T. (2021). Serotonin system genes contribute to the susceptibility to obesity in Black adolescents. Obesity Science & Practice. DOI:

O'Connor T, Best M, Brunner J, Ciesla AA, Cunning A, Kapula N, Kautz A, Khoury L, Macomber A, Meng Y, Miller RK, Murphy H, Salafia CM, Vallejo Sefair A, Serrano J, Barrett E (2021). Cohort profile: Understanding Pregnancy Signals and Infant Development (UPSIDE): a pregnancy cohort study on prenatal exposure mechanisms for child health.. BMJ open. PMID: 33795306 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044798

Meng Y, Lohse B, Cunningham-Sabo L. (2020). Sex modifies the association between the CLOCK variant rs1801260 and BMI in school-age children.. PloS one. PMID: 32785234 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236991

Meng, Y., Wu, T., Billings, R., Kopycka-Kedzierawski, D. T., & Xiao, J. (2019). Human genes influence the interaction between Streptococcus mutans and host caries susceptibility: a genome-wide association study in children with primary dentition. International Journal of Oral Science, 11 (2), 19. PMID: 31148553 PMCID: PMC6544625 DOI: 10.1038/s41368-019-0051-4

Holland, M. L., Groth, S. W., Smith, J. A., Meng, Y., & Kitzman, H. (2018). Low birthweight in second children after nurse home visiting. Journal of Perinatology. PMID: 30214029 DOI: 10.1038/s41372-018-0222-8

Meng, Y., Groth, S. W., Stewart, P., & Smith, J. A. (2018). An exploration of the determinants of gestational weight gain in African American women: Genetic factors and energy expenditure. Biological Research for Nursing, 20 (2), 118-125. PMID: 29161908 PMCID: PMC5896561 DOI: 10.1177/1099800417743326

Meng, Y., & Groth, S.W. (2018). Fathers Count: The Impact of Paternal Risk Factors on Birth Outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22 (3), 401-408. PMID: 29218490 PMCID: PMC5892832. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-017-2407-8

Meng, Y., Groth, S.W., Li, D. (2018). The Association between Obesity-Risk Genes and Gestational Weight Gain Is Modified by Dietary Intake in African American Women.. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. PMID: 29686896 PMCID: PMC5852892 DOI: 10.1155/2018/5080492

Meng, Y., Groth, S., Stewart, P. (2017). Determinants of gestational weight gain: The impact of diet, genes, and energy expenditure. The FASEB Journal, 31 (1).

Groth, S.W.; Holland, ML.; Smith, JA.; Meng, Y.; Kitzman, H. (2017). Effect of Gestational Weight Gain and Pregnancy Body Mass Index in Adolescent Mothers on Weight and Body Mass Index of Adolescent Offspring. Journal of Adolescent Health. PMID: 28711316 PMCID: PMC5654683 DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.05.005

Delineation of the biopsychosocial risks of obesogenic eating behaviors
9/25/2019 - 7/31/2022
Role: Principal Investigator